Occupy Louisville demonstrators have organized a series of events this week to raise awareness of the movement. Seven Days of Solidarity will include marches and discussions that help express what the movement is about.
“We don’t just have one demand,” said demonstrator Pam Newman who helped organize the event.
Newman has been involved with Occupy Louisville since its inception. She’s creator of two websites for the movement and has spent nights with fellow demonstrators.
“There are many things that concern us, the way our financial system works and the way our government works, and so there are many different reasons why we occupy and these seven days barely cover all the reasons why we occupy because it’s a real systemic issue,” said Newman.
Occupy Louisville demonstrators have spent a majority of their time occupying Jefferson Square Park downtown, but have since moved with permission from the city to Founders Square a couple blocks away. Participation has been hard to determine because demonstrators come and go depending on schedules.
Seven Days of Solidarity seeks to include individuals who may not know what the movement is about, or those who want to express frustrations they may have about particular issues.
“The way we’re doing Seven Days of Solidarity is we’re focusing an entire day, every day, for seven days on one issue, on different topics of why we occupy and if people have concerns about–or if that’s an issue that’s important to them personally then that gives them an opportunity to come down to the occupation and talk about nothing but that particular issue,” said Newman.
The demonstration is different than others, because it’s not going away, she said. Supporters are already discussing plans for 2012.
The event began on Sunday.