Originally camping in Grand Circus Park with a permit from the City, the occupiers moved before the extended permit expired on Monday, November 21 2011. The protest began October 14 and brought about 150 activists.
Councilman Kwame Kenyatta has been a supporter of the movement.
Some initial discussions, possibly from a Facebook group:
Join us on Oct. 21 at the old Train Station in Detroit. We are planning a PEACEFUL, NONVIOLENT OCCUPATION to promote Need over Greed! We stand in Solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet in NYC!
WE WILL BE HAVING DAILY ACTIONS DOWNTOWN WHICH WILL BE DECIDED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. BRING SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTION TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AT THE TRAIN STATION. We are not protesting at the Train Station, but DOWNTOWN on a DAILY BASIS.
Group Consensus has been reached. The times and dates have been set. Many are asking questions that have already previously discussed. If you have a specific area of concern please examine the "minutes" and scroll down to see if the issue has been previously addressed.
Rude, aggressive, or violence shall not be tolerated in this forum. We're sorry that management of the event has become impossible through Facebook do to the intense volume of posts. Volunteer efforts must be coordinated through email [email protected]
EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Everyone who has suffered from financial injustice is Welcome! We especially Welcome the good people of Detroit, who have been hit especially hard in this Depression. If you feel you've had no Voice, please join us in this Peaceful Occupation! Together, we will be heard!
There will be General Assemblies each day to choose locations for daily marches and actions in the city. Roosevelt Park will be Base Camp!
If you are coming to Occupy, prepare for camping! If you cannot Occupy, please join us in our Daily Actions! These Actions and Marches will be posted online as soon as possible after each GA.
On the night of Oct. 21st, there will be a candlelight vigil for Troy Davis for those who would like to participate.
We Thank Everyone who was involved in the intense discussions on the Group Page! Thank You ALL! Many places, including Campus Martius and Hart Plaza WERE discussed and researched. It was decided in the group that the Train Station/Roosevelt Park would be the best place for Base Camp.
VOLUNTEER at email: [email protected]
Join the Group Occupy Michigan in Lansing and Detroit/Wayne County at <https://www.facebook.com/groups/223056964417186/>
PLEASE BE AWARE: We are planning a PEACEFUL, NONVIOLENT action. Whether it is one day or 4 weeks! What we are planning to do is going to push the rules. Some of us could be arrested. Some of us could be detained. IF THIS HAPPENS, please go quietly and peacefully with the officers. We can only control ourselves, let's hope the police can control themselves. But DO NOT fight them! Charges in civil disobedience situations are often dropped, if you are even charged with anything. These charges rarely cause problems with your record over time. Resisting Arrest will only add more charges! Remember, however, you cannot bail yourself out of jail!! Have a good lawyer or friend's number written on your arm! Most of the people arrested in NYC last week were out of custody within hours. We sincerely hope that the Detroit Police Department understands that we are fighting FOR them, too!
Never forget that DISSENT is a Right, it is Free Speech. We have the right to disagree and make that disagreement visible!
- Occupy Detroiters Leave Park Ahead of Deadline. My Fox Detroit. 21 November 2011.
- Occupy Detroit Confronts Racial Tension, Struggles To Define Movement's Future. Huffington Post. 29 November 2011.