OccupyDallas seeks Special Event Permit

Dallas, TX—(ENEWSPF)–Oct. 11, 2011 — OccupyDallas officially applied for a special event permit from the city on Monday. After hearing word of OccupyWallStreet receiving permission from Mayor Bloomberg to remain in Zuccotti Park indefinitely, the protesters in Dallas had high hopes that city officials would follow suit. After talks with Special Events Manager Lori C. Chance, OccupyDallas was informed that the permit, including the word ‘indefinite’ in the end-date field, would be processed and the fee would be waived.

Members of OccupyDallas began day five in Pioneer Plaza with breakfast and then a march to the JFK Memorial Plaza. At 2 p.m. a small delegation walked up to City Hall to deliver their public letter to city officials in person. At 4:19 p.m. the permit application was submitted at the offices for special event permits and OccupyDallas was told that a city official would be in contact regarding the status of the permit, namely whether or not the permit would be for an indefinite stay. Several hours later, after receiving no contact from city officials, members of OccupyDallas had to read in a press release posted on the Dallas Morning News website that the permit had been modified to include an end date of Friday, October 14th, 2011. The published document states that OccupyDallas has until 5 p.m. Tuesday to present a certificate of General Liability Insurance in the name of the city of Dallas or else the permit is subject to revocation. 

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.