The Occupy Memphis demonstration is a part of the Occupy Movement which began on Sept. 17, 2011 with the original Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City. The demonstration has been based in Civic Center Plaza, located in downtown Memphis since Oct. 16.
Marxist Student Union involvement
A few members of the Communist Party USA affiliated University of Memphis Marxist Student Union were actively participating in Occupy Memphis, and "we encourage everyone to support this popular and grassroots movement to the best of their ability. Tonight at the General Assembly, the we will read our endorsement of Occupy Memphis. It would be great if all of us could make it out to Civic Plaza tonight at 7pm as a physical manifestation of our membership in the 99% and solidarity with the Occupiers".
Marxist Student Union collaboration
From the Marxist Student Union blog, November 12, 2011.
- At our next meeting, Friday Nov 18, we will be joined by the Occupy Memphis Anti-Capitalist Caucus. If you would like to learn more about the local Occupy movement, this is an excellent opportunity to do so without having to even leave campus. If you have any friends who are curious about Marxism, revolutionary theories, activism, and/or the Occupy movement bring them with you to room 208 in the University Center this Friday. We have a very tightly scheduled agenda and will have the room open at 5:30, get started at 6pm sharp, and be wrapped up by 9 pm. In keeping with the tradition of the anti-Capitalist caucus, we will sing "The Internationale" at the end of our joint meeting.
The following have participated in the demonstration:
At 4am on Nov. 15, 2011, Occupy Memphis called an emergency General Assembly in response to the eviction of the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park. At the assembly, Alexandra Pusateri stated that she was "repulsed by the direct infringement on First Amendment rights." Tristan Tran a student and Army veteran said he was up at 4 a.m. helping to organize today's event because, "we cannot live in a society of complacency and apathy while others make decisions for us." Becky Muehling, a member of the media team stated of the eviction, "What happened a few hours ago is not right ... I want to be here to help. OWS is our family and we need to fight for them."
The assembly decided to call upon all of the people of the Mid-South to rally together at 5 p.m, Nov. 15 in Civic Center Plaza. Representatives from local unions, charitable organizations, churches, and activist organizations like the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Workers Interfaith Network, AFSCME, and the CPUSA were invited to speak at the rally.