OccupyDallas Awaits Decision From Federal Court

Dallas, TX—(ENEWSPF)–Oct. 14, 2011 — The federal court case concerning the occupation of Pioneer Park will be heard some time after 10 a.m. Friday. Members of the group which have been camped out in downtown Dallas for the past week continue to proclaim that their occupation is a protest which is protected by the first amendment and therefore not subject to limitation by the city.

At the center of the case is the issue of first amendment protests being limited by government ordinances. The issue first arose Monday when Mayor Bloomberg issued a statement allowing OccupyWallStreet to remain in Zuccotti Park indefinitely. When news of this announcement spread throughout the Occupy movements nationwide, members of OccupyDallas expected that Mayor Rawlings would issue a similar statement. The peaceful protest being conducted in Pioneer Park has now entered its second week and members are gathered together at the park awaiting word from the federal court.

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The OccupyDallas movement began Thursday, Oct 6 with a march from Pike Park to the Federal Reserve building. Over 1,000 people gathered to protest corporate greed and money influencing the government. The movement currently has more than 150 members occupying Pioneer Plaza in downtown, with hundreds more joining in daily for marches to various corporations and banks throughout the city. The movement stands in solidarity with similar Occupy movements happening across the nation and the world, including the original Occupy Wall Street protest that featured tens of thousands of marchers and continues to grow.