OccupyDallas Responds to Letter From City Officials

Dallas, TX—(ENEWSPF)– November 9, 2011 — Members of OccupyDallas have responded to the letter from the city published Tuesday evening. Here is an excerpt from the response, written by supporter Glynn Wilcox:

In response to the letter from the City of Dallas, OccupyDallas would like to reiterate our commitment to abide by the agreement between OccupyDallas and the City. As Dallas citizens, and per our agreement, OccupyDallas is assessing the concerns that Manager Suhm and First Assistant City Attorney Bowers have raised.

OccupyDallas takes offense to the notion that the city is giving us the right to be on Dallas property. The city has recognized that the OccupyDallas encampment is a First Amendment Activity and is therefore protected under the First Amendment. OccupyDallas has been more than willing to engage in meaningful and productive interactions with City Staff and those on the Council including the Mayor’s Office. We have repeatedly made the invitation for anyone to address the General Assembly or speak directly with individuals conforming to the agreement that only a limited number of members may enter city hall to speak with staff or our elected city officials.”

The city of Dallas has threatened to shut down the camp at 5 p.m. Saturday if protesters do not comply with their demands. The city’s letter mentions the perceived escalation of tensions between protesters and police. Tensions which led to the arrests of several protesters on Saturday, Nov. 5 for ‘improper use of a sidewalk, after an off-duty police officer shoved a protester to the ground.

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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 120 members occupying City Hall Park 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.