Sunday, October 9, 2011

The occupation is coming to Columbia

The Occupy Wall Street protests against corporate greed have moved into their fourth week in New York City, and demonstrations have begun in dozens of cities as the 99% movement spreads across the country. On October 15, Columbia will join that list when a group of protesters takes up residence outside the South Carolina State House in solidarity with the protesters in Zuccotti Park.

About 75 people showed up to Occupy Columbia's organizational meeting at Finlay Park on Sunday, a crowd so large that speakers had to use the "human microphone" technique to make their voices heard. The group democratically agreed to begin occupying the State House on Saturday morning as part of a worldwide Occupy Together demonstration, and to continue the occupation as long as Columbia Police allow them to stay.