Be in Lee Park at 11 pm Tonight

Be in Lee Park in Downtown Charlottesville at 11 pm tonight

Actually, be there at 10:45 pm tonight.

It’s important.

Lee Park is right on Market Street in downtown.

It is the encampment of OccupyCville.

At 11 pm police may tell everyone to leave or be arrested.  If they do, you can certainly leave.  I’m not asking you to risk arrest unless you want to. 

Many are willing to risk arrest, and we should support them.

In cities across the country, police have backed off on threatened evictions because of the number of people present.  Our presence helps whether we are willing to risk arrest or not.  It’s also going to be a fun time with chanting, singing, marching, and the warmth of our community.

The First Amendment does not have an expiration date.  They are not trying to evict people from the park in order to allow different people a turn.  They want the park empty of political expression, other than the gigantic statue of Robert E. Lee.

You remember all those times you’ve asked, or heard someone ask, “What can we do?”

This is what you can do: Be in Lee Park at 11 pm tonight.  And bring a camera.

David Swanson is the author of “When the World Outlawed War,” “War Is A Lie” and “Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union.” He blogs at and and works for the online activist organization

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