Occupy Providence is part of the worldwide occupy movement. Occupy Providence stands in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy movements as a vehicle for socioeconomic change.
We the people of the Occupy Providence movement respectfully gathered in Burnside Park on Saturday, October 15th at 5:00 pm and will remain there for howsoever long it takes to build a society by, for, and of the people. Occupy Providence is a completely non-violent movement that seeks to give voice to the 99% of Rhode Islanders who have been disenfranchised as the economy and governance of our country has been increasingly ceded to powerful corporate interests.
The "occupation" of Burnside Park is an act of free speech which we feel compelled to resort to in order to have our voice heard. Occupy Providence will act with all due respect for the people and property of the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island, and we intend to leave Burnside Park in better condition than we found it. Occupy Providence is inclusive for people and families of all ages: drugs, alcohol, discrimination, harassment, and violent behavior are NOT WELCOME.
We welcome your support in our efforts to come to a consensus on how best to challenge corporate greed, which places profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality. Please allow Occupy Providence to remain in Burnside Park indefinitely.