In solidarity with the Occupy movement’s National Day of Action, marking the movement’s second month, Occupy BloNo initiated a 12-hour encampment of the Circle in Uptown Normal.
Occupy BloNo stands in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement, which opposes the political and economic power possessed by corporations, banks and the wealthiest 1%
The National Mass Day of Action follows the recent police raid of the Occupy movement’s headquarters in New York’s Zuccotti Park, where scores of people were arrested and much of the equipment of the occupation was brazenly thrown in dumpsters by police. The Monday raid did not dampen the movement’s zeal, however, as tens of thousands of people rallied in New York and across the nation today.
Occupy BloNo has held a continual occupation in front of Milner Library, on the Illinois State campus, for over a month. Their occupation of the circle roundabout is the second temporary move from their ISU base, the first being the day-long occupation of Withers Park in Bloomington. There was some concern Thursday evening that police would evict them from the Circle, but Normal police chief Rick Bleichner said that he considers it a right-of-way and not a park, which would allow for activists to occupy the space overnight.
At 6 pm on Thursday evening, Occupy BloNo held a General Assembly that addressed their new move, as well as upcoming actions to protest the political power of the wealthiest 1%. At one point during the meeting, Bloomington City Manager David Hale spoke with the group, discussing possibilities of cooperation between the city and the group in establishing a Bloomington occupation.