Occupy Nashville Continues Occupation of State Capital

Nashville, Tenn. – Week after week its endured and the Occupy Nashville movement continues to move forward. Nashville protesters have avoided the raids and shutdowns experienced by other Occupy movements in other US cities.

Occupy Nashville just hosted a state wide assembly of other Occupy movements. Occupiers from Johnson City, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Memphis visited Nashville to learn a variety of tactics like getting supply lines going.

Occupy movements are using Twitter and other online tools to communicate and send out calls for supplies and other needs. The occupy movement is beginning to communicate and exchange information.

They also appear to be preparing for the long haul. They are looking forward to welcoming the Legislation back to Legislative Plaza in January.

Recently, the Nashville movement has welcomed the homeless creating a tent city on the grounds of the State Capital. 60 tents make up the current tent city. All must follow strict rules to help protect the Occupy movement.

While occupiers in other cities have been evicted, Nashville’s – a core group of 90 and a looser support network of hundreds of part-time occupiers make up the Nashville movement. They have survived two attempted evictions on Oct. 28-29. Fifty-five people were arrested but charges were eventually dropped.

A preliminary injunction has allowed the camp to remain for now, but a status conference will be held with a federal judge on Feb. 3. Protesters say that problems still exist with city inspectors warning of food preparation safety standards. The state was caught, in emails, attempting to block the occupier’s efforts to secure port-a-potties. The emails were obtained under Tennessee’s open records law.

Despite the range of political beliefs represented in the camp – and Nashville’s reputation as a liberal city in the state — the protesters have narrowed their “goals” down to three. They are: ending corporate personhood, getting money out of politics and supporting Occupy Wall Street.




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