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Occupy Caravans reach Salt Lake City

by Savannah Turk
- Posted // 2012-06-13 -

The Occupy movement is back in full force in Salt Lake City—for today, at least.

The Occupy Caravans, a group of three vehicles and about 35 people crossing the country to revitalize Occupy’s agenda, have made it to Salt Lake City and will be spending the evening at Liberty Park. Anyone interested in becoming part of the caravan or just wanting to catch up on the Occupy Movement is welcome to join the group for a cookout and discussion on the economic civil rights happening in America.

“We want the conversations to return to actual issues of the 99 percent,” said Michael Levitin, co-editor of the Occupy Wall Street Journal and participant in the caravans.

The caravans are in two groups, a central caravan and southern caravan. The central left San Francisco, and the southern left Los Angeles on June 11. Each group will be hitting major cities all across the United States until they eventually converge June 20 in New Orleans.

The final destination is Philadelphia, which is planned for June 30. This will lead to a five-day national occupy gathering that will end July 4 on Independence Mall.

During the final gathering, Levitin says, the group wants to get back to the roots of the Occupy Movement by holding workshops, educational forums, discussions and making proposals that outline steps forward.

In each city, the caravans try to provide a cookout and entertainment, like firedancing, to bond the Occupy community. In some cities, the groups will march through the town, spreading the message of the 99 percent. However, the real goal of the caravans is to reignite the Occupy flame.

“We want to help rejuvenate and reignite the energy and spirit that catapulted Occupy in the fall,” said Levitin.

Another main goal of the caravans is education.

“Many people don’t understand what this movement is,” said Levitin. “Clearly, we have to evolve and change.”

This change comes at a cost. The group has mainly funded themselves, but they are asking for any donations to help with the costs of food and gas, especially since the small group is expected to grow to the hundreds by the time they reach Philadelphia.

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Posted // June 15,2012 at 10:26

Many people, including Occupy-ers, don't know what the "movement" is about, other than leaving trashed campsites and human feces behind.


Posted // June 24,2012 at 12:29 - Checking emails on a library computer, I came across this. Yes, Salt Lake City gave us a great welcome. Thanks, guys, lovin' you! We are in Asheville, North Carolina now, and our caravan is now nine vehicles and 45 or so people. Having a lot of fun, being hosted every day in a different city by a different group of activists. Really looking forward to Philly! Hope to see you in Salt Lake City on the way back across the country...


Posted // June 15,2012 at 11:02 - Don't forget to donate! Miracle me, man! Occupy forever, man! Capitalism sucks! Down with capitalism! Seriously, though, got any money to spare?


Posted // June 13,2012 at 22:46

That's great! Love your caravan already.