The anti-Wall Street camp in Salt Lake City has announced plans to expand its locations and meeting times to help recruit new members to their populist, anti-corporate movement.
“I think we had a bit of a downturn this past week,” says Occupy SLC spokesman Daniel Mace. “We had a strong presence Friday but we’re in a bit of a wane. This is just a way that we are responding to that.” A band of hardy occupiers have been calling Pioneer Park home for more than two weeks now in a protest against economic inequality and Wall Street’s control over American politics.
Now the group has announced moving the occupation to two new central fronts: a new vigil outside the downtown Federal Reserve building at 120 S. State and twice weekly “99 Percent Town Hall” meetings at the downtown library, 201 E. 400 South. Those protesting outside the reserve will have a morning general-assembly meeting and will touch base with the main Occupy movement at the 7:30 p.m. nightly meeting in Pioneer Park.
“There are not a lot of people who can do the whole camping thing,” Mace says of the Pioneer Park camp. “More people want to be outside the Federal Reserve, they see that as having more important and impactful message.” While those at the Federal Reserve are allowed to sleep on city sidewalks as long as they don’t block more than half of the sidewalk, they will not be allowed to sleep in sleeping bags or with blankets as per city ordinances.
The group will also hold regular town hall-style meetings every Monday and Thursday at the downtown library’s outdoor amphitheater from 7 to 9 p.m. Those interested can find out more at Occupy SLC’s main page here.