Thursday, February 2, 2012

Walkupy Reaches Atlanta!

Walkupy, a mobile occupation, reached it's final destination this past Sunday on their 750 mile journey from Washington DC to the King Memorial site in Atlanta. At the King historic site Walkupiers took turns telling stories from the road, and why they were inspired to make Dr King's tomb their final destination.

Walkupy's Mission:

"This Mobile Occupation aims to unite everyone in an effort to envision and create a new kind of society in which the needs of all human beings are put first.
Our next march begins December 1st, at the Martin Luther King Jr. monument in Washington, D.C. We will march approximately 17 miles per day until arriving in Atlanta, Georgia. Our date of arrival is not exact, as daily schedules are always subject to change according to health and safety concerns.

Along our route, we will visit other Occupations and public spaces such as universities. Our facilitation team will hold Instructional General Assemblies in order to introduce and spread the concept of horizontal leadership, and we will discuss the history and significance of marching and non-violent civil disobedience as forms of protest.

We feel that these methods of demonstration are the next logical step that should be taken beyond stationary Occupations. Mobile Occupations attract attention to the Occupy Movement while allowing us to reach out to the public in person. They demonstrate the dedication, determination and conviction of the Occupy Movement. They provide a mobile example of the community Occupy is working to create. Long distance marches also demonstrate our willingness to sacrifice even our health, comfort, stability and safety in support of the Occupy Movement and its ideals."

After taking a much needed break many in the group plan to continue to participate in traveling occupations, with some in the group headed to Chicago and others in the group walking from San Dieago to New York. The traveling occupation always goes out of it's way to stop by local occupy movements to provide a helping hand and build an occupy network.

Tim Franzen
American Friends Service Committee

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