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Will You 'OccupyPittsburgh' on Saturday as Part of the National Movement?

Rallies and a march are planned in Pittsburgh.

OccupyPittsburgh—in solidarity with the global Occupy movement that is drawing attention to corporate, economic and social issues—will hold rallies and a march on Saturday.

"Marchers will meet at Freedom Corner on Centre Avenue in the Hill District beginning at 10 a.m. After a short rally at 11 a.m., the group will march toward Downtown, following Grant Street, Liberty Avenue and Wood Street, ending at Market Square, where a larger rally will begin at 1:30 p.m. and end at 3 p.m, according to OccupyPittsburgh's website.

"Occupation of Pittsburgh begins 4 p.m. (at) Mellon Green, Grant Street and Sixth Avenue," according to the OccupyPittsburgh website.

"City police this afternoon approved a permit for OccupyPittsburgh to host a march and several rallies Saturday," according to a Thursday afternoon posting on the OccupyPittsburgh website.

"The local offshoot of a global movement protesting corporate, economic and social issues plans to target corporate headquarters Downtown," the posting states.

"Saturday will see Pittsburgh join the hundreds of cities across the country and hundreds more overseas where the Occupy movement has taken hold," the website states.

"Known in New York City as OccupyWallStreet, there are now more than 1,000 cities in the U.S. and overseas where some sort of occupation-style movement has begun," the website continues. "OccupyPittsburgh has been developed by residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania in harmony and solidarity with the 99% Occupy movement.

"Banding together under this theme are people from all age groups and most levels of society who have one thing in common: The desire for a future free of the corporate greed, corruption and undue political influence which has destroyed the economy and made the poor and the middle class poorer while the super-rich continue to thrive."

Participants will occupy Mellon Green, next to BNY Mellon headquarters on Grant Street, a property belonging to a subsidiary of BNY Mellon, organizers said on the website.

"Asked if it was legal to demonstrate and set up an occupation encampment there, participants referred to the Urban Open Space section of the Golden Triangle ordinance of city code which mandates privately owned plazas and parks be 'open without restriction to the general public.'

"OccupyPittsburgh members contend this includes First Amendment rights, protecting freedom of speech," the website states. "They further contend that the ordinance banning overnight camping in city parks does not apply, because Mellon Green is not city property."

Jim Smith October 14, 2011 at 10:56 PM
The "occupy" movement is a radical militant marxist full frontal assault on the United States of America. They seek to topple free market capitalism in exchange for the communism for which most of your fathers and grandfathers fought and many died from which to protect you. You enjoy the freedoms and the high standard of living (albeit in recession right now due to Hussein Obama) and now some wish to embrace communism? Utter and complete foolish and dangerous nonsense! I would encourage all people to oppose this radical marxist movement and to speak out against it at every opportunity
R. Bowman October 15, 2011 at 11:55 AM
I find it deeply offensive that funds (probably taxpayer directly or indirectly) are being used to promote activities that are completely politically motivated. This is not reporting the news. This is just another example of the subversion of the media to pursue left-wing political activities.
Roger October 15, 2011 at 11:19 PM
Having watched the local TV news and some "on the street" interviews, my earlier conclusion about ignorance and naivety are confirmed. When several people were asked why they were there, "We want the government to give us jobs, ... we need jobs." When asked a follow up on how the government was going to do that, they drew a blank. One young man was truthful, "I don't know why I'm here, I'm just holding up a sign." Kudos to him for his truthfulness. It was a nice day to be outside, so I suppose there was redeeming value in being outdoors. As for a cause, for a message, ... no clue.
Steve Morreale October 19, 2011 at 05:11 PM
I attended a Tea Party when I was in Atlanta. Not because I wanted to go particularly, as much as one of my colleagues with whom I frequently discussed economics and politics had asked me to go with her and her very young son. She was very upset that he was being shackled with more debt due to the bipartisan bail-outs and economic agendas. I said I'd go, but forewarned her that already that movement was tainted and co-opted, that there would be so many different agendas, mostly competing that it would be merely interesting. Sean Hannity and Fox News was part of the co-opting of that movement. It was certainly interesting. Few of the people there really knew what they were there for, besides the fact that they weren't happy. None that I saw seemed to know the root causes for their disenchantment. However, since then I attended the "Rally for the Republic" a Campaign For Liberty event. Now those attendees were much more informed and active. Technically they are also under the umbrella of the Tea party but know that it doesn't speak for them for the most part. I see the same thing with this occupy wall street movement. I'd probably have more in common with the few there who support the END THE FED movement and Dr. Ron Paul. I refuse to get photographed and used as a tool by people like Biden and Obama to support their agendas without them hearing mine. For networking maybe it's useful, but doubtful.

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