A coalition of community organizers, peace activists, left, liberal, progressive groupsand supporting organizations are calling on volunteers to join them October 6, 2011, for an “occupation” of Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C.
U.S.author, blogger, and activist David Swanson says the event is being organized to take over Freedom Plaza to “nonviolently resist what our government is doing.”
Swanson told Press TV’s U.S. Desk on Monday that “we are going to occupy Freedom Plaza in the middle of Washington D.C., the name of which is very similar of course to Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, and from there we are going to expand to shut down offices, buildings, streets, hallways, to nonviolently, strictly nonviolently resist what our government is doing.”
The author of “War is a lie” said “we are taking the same sort of agenda that all left, liberal and progressive groups intend to take to Washington: Tax the rich and the corporations, end the wars, cut the military spending, protect our safety net, our social security, give us Medicare for everybody, end the corporate welfare, give us clean energy and jobs and infrastructure and cleanup the system.”
Swanson said the takeover of Freedom Plaza coincides with the “ten year mark in the war in Afghanistan that they have now suggested may continue for another 13 years or so.”
According to Swanson, the event is also planned to overlap with “October 2011 when the next year’s budget kicks in, in the United States which includes cuts for just about everything useful but again a larger budget for the military.”
Swanson told the U.S. Desk, that the event is being organized at a “website called October 2011.org that is planning an occupation of Washington D.C. to begin on October 6 and to end when we have achieved some movement in the right direction, some success, some reversal of the course that our government is on.”