Although Occupy Memphis was evicted from its encampment at Civic Center Plaza in early August, the group still plans to celebrate it's one-year anniversary on October 15th.
The three-day celebration will begin at Audubon Park in East Memphis on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th from 8 a.m. until midnight. There will be live music, protests, committee meetings, and a general assembly meeting. Speakers will include county commissioner Steve Mulroy and representatives from the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, AFSCME, the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, the Memphis Education Association, and the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center. Guests are encouraged to bring food, friends, and instruments.
On Monday, October 15th, from noon to 6 p.m., the group will move to Overton Park on the East Parkway Pavilion side, where the members first gathered one year ago.
"The Occupy Memphis camp was always an action and a statement by citizens of Memphis about unfairness, imbalance, injustice, homelessness, public transportation issues, and a hundred other issues that plague our city. The focus was always on informing our neighbors about what our government is doing and is not doing. You can't evict an idea. We are still here," reads a statement from the group.