Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Occupy Nashville Threatens to Occupy Pilot Restrooms

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 9:21 AM

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Occupy Nashville seems to have dropped its earlier conciliatory attitude toward the Powers That Be. In a threat-a-sentence letter to the governor, the legislature and the highway patrol, the protesters make it clear they will go ballistic if a law is enacted to evict them from Legislative Plaza. Even Pilot restrooms aren't safe from the occupiers! That's fine but if they occupy the Slushy machine, things will get ugly. That's where we draw the line.

We stand in solidarity with our un-housed neighbors and other occupiers across the world who have been jailed, pepper-sprayed, tear-gassed, shot with rubber bullets, and beaten by police batons. We have proven that when you pass unjust regulations and use force, not only do we grow, but we get stronger. If you pass this bill to evict Occupy Nashville and criminalize our un-housed friends, then you have chosen to escalate the conversation. If you pass this bill, we will prevail in the courts and on the streets. If you pass this bill, you may expect actions like this:

1) We will occupy the State Capitol,
2) We will occupy public property (abandoned and in-use),
3) We will take back foreclosed homes, and
4) We will occupy the restrooms of all Pilot Travel Centers.

We will take these actions not in a spirit of hatred or hostility but in a spirit of love for our fellow citizens and un-housed friends. We hope you will choose to respect Occupy Nashville’s First Amendment rights on Legislative Plaza, the rights of Tennessee’s un-housed citizens, and the use of public property for public good. We stand in solidarity with all occupations from New York to Nigeria, Murfreesboro to Memphis, Oakland to D.C. We stand beside our un-housed sisters and brothers. We stand for the rights of the people. We stand for democracy. Which side are you on?

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