LANCASTER – Plans for a peaceful occupation in Lancaster are under way in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the over 2,000 occupations in cities all over the world. In a press statement released Monday, the group behind Occupy Antelope Valley said:
“In recognition of the fact that the attacks on the working class people of our state, of our nation, and of our planet have become too calamitous to ignore, and acknowledging that an active and engaged citizenry is the only thing that can ensure social and economic justice for all, activists and community members in the Antelope Valley are joining in solidarity with the global movement to protest against the corporate takeover of our economy and political institutions, the corruption of a global political elite which has been completely purchased by the super-rich, the utter disregard for the social and economic well-being of the 99% and the eco-systems in which we live by our leaders and by corporations and general dissatisfaction with the leadership of the United States in all three branches of government.
We seek to exercise our First Amendment rights to peacefully assemble and petition our government for a redress of our grievances without fear of punishment or reprisals. Occupy Antelope Valley trusts that the Lancaster City Council, Mayor Parris and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will support our right to do so and offer their cooperation.”
The first non-violent demonstration for Occupy AV is set to take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 29th in front of Lancaster City Hall and will include a march down Lancaster Blvd.
This will be followed by another “Move Your Money” march and rally on November 5th. The group plans to maintain an on-going occupation until demands (which are to be determined via the General Assemblies to which all are invited) are met.
Occupy Antelope Valley is seeking participants to discuss logistics. The next planning meeting will be at 7 p.m., Friday, October 28th at American Heroes Park, 701 W Kettering Ave.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook.com/occupyAV.