March 12, 2012
PRESS CONFERENCE: OCCUPY CINCINNNATI HOLDS A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE STEPS OF CINCINNATI CITY HALL ON MONDAY, MARCH 12 AT 12 NOON TO DISCUSS THE TERMS OF THE SETTLEMENT.
City, Occupy Cincy Reach Settlement
“VICTORY FOR RIGHTS TO ASSEMBLY, SPEECH”
STRUGGLE TO END CORPORATE CONTROL OF GOVERNMENT CONTINUES
The City of Cincinnati and Occupy Cincinnati, after months of quiet negotiations, have reached a settlement that gives the Occupiers a free speech area in Piatt Park, dismisses all charges against participating defendants, and calls for the Park Board to designate a liaison who will hold public meetings to encourage public participation in Park issues. In return, Occupy Cincinnati is dropping the Federal civil suit that accused the City of violating the rights of citizens to assemble and speak in the park.
“This is a victory for our Constitutional rights and for the people of Cincinnati,” said Dr. Sherry Baron, a public health physician and the person chosen by Occupy to sign the agreement with the City. The Park Board will open the 24-hour-a-day free speech area in Piatt Park surrounding the statue of President Garfield on March 19 at 10:00 p.m. “We will be there exercising our rights,” said Baron.
Ending Corporate Control
Occupy Cincinnati issued a statement saying: “Occupy Cincinnati is happy that the efforts of the fall and winter have resulted in a public commons—open 24 hours a day—for the purpose of political speech free from prosecution. Our goal, however, has been and will continue to be ending corporate control of our government. We will continue to stand together in order to shift the focus of politics away from profit and towards the well being of people, here and across the globe.”
Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, Occupy Cincinnati began on October 8 with a march by 1,000 through downtown Cincinnati. After spending one night on Fountain Square, the group relocated to Piatt Park, setting up an encampment there and holding nightly general assemblies throughout October and November. The Cincinnati Police, enforcing new rules quickly adopted by the Cincinnati Park Board, brought approximately 300 legal actions against the Occupiers, some
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