New Haven To Occupy: Be Gone By Wednesday

Occupy to New Haven: Nope. What do you say? Should they stay or should they go? Take our poll.


Occupy New Haven may have made it through the coldest days of winter, but it looks like they won’t be going much further if the city has its way. New Haven is demanding that the “occupiers” pack up and leave the downtown green by noon on Wednesday, March 14. 

The Occupy crowd plans on staying put according to the Hartford Courant. They reportedly won’t be leaving because the city hasn’t met the group’s demands “for improved school funding and low-income housing, longer library hours and an end to foreclosures. A lawyer for the protesters says it could take years in court proceedings to evict the occupiers.”

Occupy New Haven began in October with a . The numbers dwindled over the months, but the protesters developed a semi-permanent home on the New Haven Green through the and . 

The Occupy Shoreline movement, which has sponsored events in Madison and other shoreline towns, had an event  in Madison in early January, and . For more information about the Occupy Shoreline movement, please see their website at: http://occupyshorelinect.org/

tom March 13, 2012 at 07:55 AM
The green in new haven should be cleared. I am a firm believer in free speech and the right to assembly, however I don't believe that means that any group has the right to take over public space for an indeterminable time. In fact with rare occasion i believe that access to public spaces for assembly should be hours, not days/months/years.
Demosthenes March 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM
"I am a firm believer in free speech and the right to assembly, however...." So you're NOT actually a firm believe in free speech and the right to assembly. You think it should be a privilege, not a right.
Van Robert Roxbrough March 13, 2012 at 02:40 PM
It seems the inmates have taken over the asylum. Why New Haven politicians have to kow tow to any disruptive group this long is beyond me. Free speech is one thing but ignoring unlawful assemby(after the group had been asked to leave) is not acceptable in a democracy. It leads to breakdown in society.
tom burland March 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM
I do believe it is a right, but I dont believe that right extends to squatting on public land for an unlimited amount of time. That is not free speach, it is free housing. Citizens should be alowed to assemble provided they follow appropriate regulations, obtain permits were needed, and not completely take over public property at the exclusion of all others. Occupiers are the .0005%, they do not represent the 90%, nor 50%.
Tricia G. March 16, 2012 at 07:13 PM
"What has Occupy achieved in 6 months?" Other than making NH's town green (and most other "occupy sites") an ugly and disgusting eyesore, for a nation-wide "movement," apparently not much! ..."The Occupy movement has influenced the national dialogue about economic equality, with the word 'occupy' itself becoming part of the public lexicon. "VARIED IMPACT: The protest movement is credited with a range of more concrete accomplishments, from influencing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's about-face on a millionaire's tax to helping to save an Atlanta church and veterans' homes from foreclosure in Atlanta and Minneapolis. In Rhode Island, Occupy Providence won a temporary day center to serve the homeless during the winter." http://news.yahoo.com/summary-box-occupy-achieved-6-months-174602618.html


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