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Is Occupy Tampa Reoccupying Downtown?

Wednesday was the first day of a 5-day-long rally organized by Occupy Tampa in downtown.

“This country was built by men in denim and will be destroyed by men in suits,” and “when the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace,” were some of the messages written on signs held by a handful of people protesting in front of the Bank of America building.

Wednesday, May 23, was the first day of the organized by Occupy Tampa in front of the downtown location of the giant world bank.

“We just wanted to reawaken the awareness in downtown,” said protester Tim Sommers.

Have you run into Occupy Tampa members during your trips into downtown? What do you think of the movement? Let us know in the comments section.

Occupy Tampa, which was born last October, moved from the sidewalk of in downtown to a private lot in West Tampa last December. The lot, called Voice of Freedom Park, is located on West Main Street and is owned by strip club king Joe Redner.

Since establishing base in West Tampa, Sommers, 24, said that the group has been involved with neighborhood work, such as restoring an alleyway to create a community garden.

“I am trying to be the changes that I want to see in the world, I want people to realize that love is a lot more important than money and power,” said Sommers.

About 50 people were expected to join the group in downtown on Wednesday night, according to Sommers.

Occupy Tampa protesters have planned to sleep either on the sidewalk in front of the Bank of America building or on the sidewalk in front of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

Sommers said that the Occupy movement will not disappear until “we really see the changes going on in society to where there are enough people behind us who say ‘yeah, there is a better way, a greener way, a healthier way to live, and a better path towards happiness.'”

Bill Morelli May 24, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Very idealistic and naive of Mr. Sommers. However as can be seen by the diverse slogans and scattered messages of everything from "more green", "love not war", "share the wealth", etc. etc. There is no organized protest, just a gathering of malcontents, socialists, Marxists, and the like looking for a podium.
Joy Kobasko May 24, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Did Bill O'Reilly tell you that? :) That's pretty cute. I also find it telling that Occupy is doing a positive, local action (community garden) and somehow it's 'naive' to improve things on a local scale. Look, anyone who wants the *real* story behind Occupy has to turn off the TV, head over to the encampment, and talk to the occupiers to see what they're all about. Are they scattered with their messages? Sure, sometimes they are. There's a great deal of diversity in Occupy, political and ideological. One thing they can all agree upon, however, is the corruption of government by big-money special interests. When they plan an action, this is the message they try to convey.

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