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Occupy SLC makes plans for Library Square camp, new demonstrations

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Occupy Wall Street is just one of hundreds of organizations seeking similar societal changes.

The national Move to Amend coalition formed in September 2009 to build a vibrant democracy accountable to people rather than corporations.

At a glance

Looking back

Sept. 17, 2011 » Occupy Wall Street sets up camp in New York City’s Zucotti Park.

Oct. 6, 2011 » Occupy SLC’s tent city rises in Pioneer Park.

Nov. 12, 2011 » Police clear the Pioneer Park camp, citing health and safety issues.

Mid-November » Occupy SLC establishes a tent headquarters in Gallivan Center.

Looking forward

March 30 » David Cobbs, National Move to Amend director, speaks at 6:30 p.m. at Wasatch Commons, 1411 S. Utah St., Salt Lake City, on the topic: “How Corporations Got So Much Power and How to Get it Back”.

March 31 » Occupy SLC will join other activists in a Utah Hoodie March starting at 5 p.m. at Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, to show support for Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black youth shot dead Feb. 26 in Florida by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. So far, Zimmerman has not been arrested because of Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

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Some Utah occupiers have joined forces with Move to Amend Salt Lake to gather 9,000 signatures by April 15 for a citywide ballot resolution this November stating corporations are not people and money is not speech. The group is about halfway to its goal, Fruhwirth said.

In July, several activist groups plan to "welcome" the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to Salt Lake City for its 39th annual meeting. ALEC’s membership consists of conservative lawmakers and corporate executives who draft bills for state-by-state passage.

To Fruhwirth, ALEC represents an unholy alliance between powerful moneyed interests and elected officials.

"It’s corrupt in concept and even worse in practice," he said.


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