Occupiers Claim Victory, and Plan March Out of People’s Park

Two Days After the Third Eviction Deadline

Pittsburgh, PA—(ENEWSPF)—February 8, 2012.  “Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world —‘No, you move.”  -Mark Twain 

Two days after the third deadline for eviction, Occupy Pittsburgh remains at People’s Park.  Multiple skycam  teams in local hotels overlooking People’s Park–and over 12 video livestreamers on the ground–have streamed live video feeds of the park from multiple angles, making our commitment to accountability clear, and successfully protecting our family and friends at the camp. 

It’s become apparent that the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department is not coming.  We have, in this instance, seen a severing of the control corporations and the 1% are accustomed to having over our public spaces and officials.  BNY Mellon has not been able to force our elected Sheriff, William P. Mullen, to disavow himself from his role to protect democracy and suppress the free speech rights of Occupy Pittsburgh.  We know that Sheriff Mullen does this at risk of being in contempt of court, and we appreciate and applaud his informed judgment and willingness to stand up for the rights of his constituents.  

This afternoon at 5:30 pm, Occupy Pittsburgh will rally and make statements for the press at People’s Park.  Afterward, they will march away from the encampment site.

 There is an additional press opportunity to tour the media room in the Omni William Penn Hotel, one location from which Occupy Pittsburgh has been live-streaming video for the last two nights.  

 WHAT:         Occupy Pittsburgh participants will make a statement and march

WHERE:       People’s Park

WHEN:         Wednesday (Today), February 8th, with statements at 5:30 pm and a march leaving the  

                    park at 6:00 pm