Hundreds 'occupy' Sacramento City Hall for more time

8:00 AM, Oct 12, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Tuesday night's Sacramento City Council meeting was flooded with hundreds trying to gain more time for Occupy Sacramento protests.

PHOTOS: Protestors occupy Sacramento City Hall

"This is the first time in my 24 years that I've experienced direct democracy," an Occupy Sacramento organizers said.

"I was arrested on Oct. 7 and Oct. 9 for exercising my right of freedom of assembly in Cesar Chavez park along with 32 others," protestor Sarah Thomas said.

"The unemployment is skyrocketing and the benefits we used to provide to this community are gone," protestor Christina-Kay Plum said. "I don't know how we are going to keep sustaining if we don't have the right to assemble."

The "Occupy" movement started in New York City with "Occupy Wall Street" to protest corporate greed. The movement spread across the country and eventually to Sacramento.

Occupy protestors wanted to convince the body to allow occupation of Cesar Chavez Park 24 hours a day.

The "Occupy Sacramento" movement is its sixth day. Since Thursday, 35 protestors have been for unlawful assembly after the park's closing time.

Many organizers, volunteers, and demonstrators said Social Media has helped make the movement more successful.

"Without social media, things like this wouldn't be possible," Occupy Sacramento volunteer Christopher MacDonald said. "Our Facebook page that we've got here, Occupy Sacramento, right now, we've got 4300 people who like us."

Local movement organizers are pushing to connect with occupy nationally and globally with the help of video chat and Skype.


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