Occupy Cleveland Coming to Lakewood
Organizer: "We are not occupying Lakewood."
Occupy Cleveland has decided it's time to broaden its base.
Members of the movement will set up an information table in front of Marc’s Plaza on Detroit Avenue this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“I just want to be very clear: we are not occupying Lakewood,” said Anthony Hayne, who is organizing the information session.
Hayne, a Lakewood resident since 2001, said there will be about six or seven members of Occupy Cleveland, which stems from the Occupy Wall Street movement, at the table Saturday.
“We’re not doing this to try to force people to join our movement,” he said. “We’re just trying to give people who want to join our movement a chance to listen, and we want to listen to what they have to say, as well.”
Mayor Michael Summers said Hayne contacted him to ask if the group needed to apply for any permits.
They did not, he said.
“There’s nothing to prevent them from distributing information on public property,” Summers said. “It’s their first amendment right.”
Hayne said the group is hoping to reach out to suburban residents who might be interested in participating in Occupy Cleveland, but may think only residents of Cleveland proper are welcome.
“This is the first suburb we’re going to do this in, but it definitely won’t be the last,” he said.