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Occupy Ogden plans first event Saturday

Published November 3, 2011 4:06 pm

Protest • Organizers say participants will define the demonstration.
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It's Ogden's turn to join the "Occupy" movement.

A rally is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday in front of Ogden City Hall. Organizers say everyone is invited. The demonstration, of course, dovetails with Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Salt Lake City, among others.

Organizer Carol Sullivan said the people who show up Saturday will determine what form Occupy Ogden takes. Currently, there are no plans to camp out, but that could change, she said.

At noon, Sullivan said the demonstration will become a "general assembly meeting" where participants suggest activities and goals.

"We're pretty sure this will be the beginning of something ongoing," she said. "This is our kickoff event."

Because there is an Internal Revenue Service center in Ogden, there may be a focus on inequities in the tax code, she said.

"The elite and upper class should pay their fair share," she said.

Among the speakers Saturday will be former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson.

The "Occupy" movement is easy to understand, Anderson said in response to those — including some in Utah's congressional delegation — who have dismissed it.

"All you have to do is follow the money to see how Congress and the White House are bending over backward to aid the wealthy," he said. "The ones who have betrayed us are the members of Congress and the people in the White House."

The Rev. Theresa Novak of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden said Occupy Ogden, like the other demonstrations, is a true grass-roots movement.

Occupy Ogden could be an ongoing daily event or a weekly event. But whatever it becomes, it will be the people of the Ogden area who make it, Novak said.