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Occupy Providence plans march Oct. 15; Brown plans Occupy teach-in

The Occupy Providence movement has planned a march through downtown Providence on Oct. 15.
Posted 10/11/11

PROVIDENCE – The Occupy Providence movement has planned a march through downtown Providence on Oct. 15.

In a letter to the media, the group said it will begin an “indefinite occupation” of Burnside Park “to bear witness to the savage inequalities and the fundamental injustice of a country where the richest 1 percent own nearly as much as the poorest 99 percent and to help build a movement capable of bringing about system change.”

The group is planning to begin its “occupation”” with a march through downtown Providence, leaving Burnside Park at 5 p.m. Saturday.

“During the march we would like to stop at locations that have particular significance for local struggles and to hear from representatives of community organizations about their fights and how we can support them,” it said. To request a stop, call 401-421-7000 or send an email to the organizers.

The group is organizing through its Facebook page, other social media and a Google Groups mailing list.

“Although we are all victims of the current system, some of us are more victimized than others. As a popular movement, we seek to be accountable to those most directly affected by the system that we oppose: people of color, poor and working-class people, women, queer and gender-queer folk, the disabled, immigrants, youth and the elderly, and others,” it said.

Separately, The Washington Post reported that 100 protesters of the Occupy Boston movement had been arrested early Tuesday.

Brown University has also organized a "teach-in" on the "history of social movements, the American financial system and the movement that has sprung up in more than 1000 cities over the last month!"

Brown professors from the departments of History, Africana Studies, Economics, Sociology, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Modern Culture and Media, and American Studies will join community activists and members of Occupy Providence on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the DeCiccio Auditorium, Salomon 101, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Occupy Movement teach-in, "Thinking Crisis: Thinking Change," has more information on its Facebook event page.

It also pointed to the Occupy College Hill Facebook page, designed for the students, faculty, and "citizens" of College Hill to show support for the Occupy Providence and broader Occupy movements.

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