Kasim Reed on extending Occupy Atlanta’s stay: Two out of three will suffice — for now

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s statement on why he’ll allow Occupy Atlanta to linger in Woodruff Park – two out of three’s not bad, he says:

”Civil disobedience is an appropriate form of expression, provided that it is peaceful, non-violent and lawful. As of today, the Occupy Atlanta protesters continue to assemble in a peaceful, non-violent fashion in Robert W. Woodruff Park. Therefore, I have extended the Executive Order allowing Occupy Atlanta to remain in Woodruff Park after the park closes. This Executive Order is effective through the adjournment of the next Atlanta City Council meeting on November 7, 2011.

“I remain committed to ensuring public safety and enforcing the laws of the city. The Atlanta Police Department and other city officials continue to monitor the park and the protesters. The Executive Order does not preclude the city from responding at will to changing conditions in the park or to any public safety issues. The city is prepared to act swiftly should the situation in the park so warrant.

“I am also cognizant of the concerns of neighboring businesses and residents about the effect of the protesters’ activity on the park and the surrounding area. The protesters cooperated with the city’s request to clean the park on Saturday; city crews pressure-washed the park’s hard-surfaces and removed litter and debris. The city will continue to maintain the park during the demonstration. My administration also will work with Occupy Atlanta members to minimize noise levels after 9 p.m. as a courtesy to downtown residents.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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[...] grant three additional weeks to the Occupy Atlanta protesters camped out in Woodruff Park.  The Mayors statement says: ”Civil disobedience is an appropriate form of expression, provided that it is peaceful, [...]

freddie

October 17th, 2011
9:01 pm

kasim reed should be fired..

freddie

October 17th, 2011
9:02 pm

is there a brain occupying kasim reeds skull?

freddie

October 17th, 2011
9:04 pm

why can i peacefully occupy a parking space for a month without getting fined..in fact, the city should provide a porta potty by my car for my usage for my disobedience..but when the city is run by —— for the benefit of —— causes, this is what you gt..rip atlanta

Jomama

October 17th, 2011
9:05 pm

Really like mayor Reed..Really disagree with him here..Peaceful protest do not include overnight privileges..Who is standing up for the rights of the intown residents, the landscaping of the park?

john

October 17th, 2011
9:06 pm

you sound like a troll….

william

October 17th, 2011
9:10 pm

Now that the precedent has been set, I hope and pray that groups Reed does not like occupy Woodruff Park and dare the police to evict them while screaming about discrimination. I see many lawsuits in the future of the city.

TruthBe

October 17th, 2011
9:10 pm

That’s not what the bigoted racist liberals and blacks said about the Tea Party Rallys. Total bias from the media and the government clowns like “Don’t let Whitie win” Reed. Mayor you are a paid public servant, and your job is to serve and protect the city not be a matt for the left-wing thugs. I guess your boss Obama and DNC called you Reed and told you to extend time in the park the gangs in the park.

Buzzard

October 17th, 2011
9:12 pm

So all I have to do is “protest” to do whatever I want within the city now? Ok, how about we protest the lack of dog parks within the city by converging upon one and declaring it off leash. We can chase away all the kids on the playground and people playing frisbee because I want a dog park! We’ll show up at 6am and wake up the neighborhood because its ALL ABOUT ME!!! While I’m at it, I also really dislike those silly open container laws. My ad hoc dog park will also have mandatory alcohol. I’ll carry some signs around about blah blah wallstreet and then we’re cool, right Mr. Mayor?

Kevin

October 17th, 2011
9:13 pm

Also, part of the oath of office you swore to include the words: “I will observe the provisions of the Charter, ordinances, and regulations of the City of Atlanta.”

You’ve legally violated this oath of office.

Boca Baby

October 17th, 2011
9:17 pm

I am thinking about starting “There is a fried egg on my shirt movement” It makes about as much sense as the occupiers. Please tell me, what is it that they stand for? And Obama is attempting to ride the coat-tails of this movement? How apropos that would be! Nobody knew exactly what he stood for when he ran the first time!

pete

October 17th, 2011
9:23 pm

He is not going to do anything about it because the democrats are going to use it to their advantage. Hippies and homeless bums love democrats

REDSTATENEMISIS

October 17th, 2011
9:31 pm

I applaud Mayor Reed for his action, regardless of what some may think of him. The demonstration is peaceful and is only bringing light to the ways of this country as it is not for all people, but for the fortunate few 1% who continue to make money while the rest of us, and this includes you who engage in attacking these individuals for what they believe in.

If my belief is correct, I promise you, most of you don’t make more than $250K a year. Most of you are out of work or are yet fearful that your income could be cut from a layoff or an illness that could decimate your family.

I’m certain, that most who have read this far, are no doubt rolling their eyes and saying that here is another bleeding heart liberal. No and completely wrong. I am a Republican who has had enough. I live in Cobb County. I’ve never been more ashamed of my party and those who represent it. Anyone who says that they have never thought that this movement was good for the people is lying or are so disillusioned they are going with the crowd. We want health care, jobs bill, regulation of the financial institution, but we are against it because there is a Black man in office. He is smarter and brighter than most President’s who has served before him, however, he is Black and with the wrong party.

Why? You may ask? It’s simple. Our party has never openly accepted a Black man or Woman for that fact. We have cut ourselves off from the nationality of our country and have embraced going back to how it once was and everyone else knew their place. I’ve sat in meetings and heard how we were going to take education, unions, healthcare, etc. out of social programs to preserve our thinking and way of life.

I am ashamed of all of it. I am ashamed of all that we’ve done and continue to do. We are taking the rights away of homegrown Americans, and now we are trying to take away their right to vote. Enough is enough. If you are a Republican who believes in this country, regardless of the color of whoever runs it, and are for sound ideas so we as a country can go for it, then say so. Our silence is destroying our country. Our silence is allowing our elected Republican officials to act badly and then run behind our Party’s name to continue this dismantling.

I am ashamed of us.

william

October 17th, 2011
9:36 pm

I don’t think anyone will be applauding his decision when the KKK or Arian Brotherhood groups decide to occupy the park as base camp for their long term demonstrations with no fear of arrest or removal.

td

October 17th, 2011
9:36 pm

I am very disappointed in Mayor Reed. He did a good job of letting these people have a protest and then did a good job of setting a time for it to end and now he bows to the far left and breaks his own ruling. I thought Reed has been the best African American mayor Atlanta has had but now I am starting to have my doubts.

pete

October 17th, 2011
9:37 pm

You are not a republican. You are a joke. Democrats continue these social programs because it keep minorities under their hand. That is the truth. As long as they continue with these programs, blacks and other poor people have to keep voting Democrat. Get off the plantation. You are a liberal, at least be proud of that and don’t lie

freddie

October 17th, 2011
9:38 pm

red state..you can stop cutting and pasting from your liberal websites..we know who and what you are. Drop the bon bons and go pick up your welfare check..blacks have more opportunity than whites have lady…they just can’t put it to good use. Look at what happens when Obama shows us how he really is..name one government in this country that is majority AA in a successful city? Ain’t going to happen. Kasim is the disease. Innoculate him in the next election

Buzzard

October 17th, 2011
9:43 pm

REDSTATENEMISIS

I believe the word is “Nemesis”.

pete

October 17th, 2011
9:44 pm

Ray Nagin, Kwame Kilpatrick, Bill Campbell, Marion Berry. Shall I go on?

td

October 17th, 2011
9:46 pm

REDSTATENEMISIS

October 17th, 2011
9:31 pm

Why must you come on this blog and not be proud of your philosophy. You are in no way are currently a Republican and have never been a Republican. Stop being a troll and be proud of who you really are. A young far left lib that is still wet behind the ears.

Jackie

October 17th, 2011
9:50 pm

The national democrat party has decided that Occupy is their friend and they are fully supportng having these people continue to hang out in the park. Reed got the message and is going along.

It’s a dangerous game they play. Obama needs a little emotion after his first term of Jimmy Carter Redux and he hopes that Occupy might provide that diversion. Of course when this turns ugly or violent, it will hang around his neck like a big dead bird.

Meanwhile, they don’t really care about precendent or the downtown residents or workers. They only care about re-electing Obama.

Kevin

October 17th, 2011
10:03 pm

Is anyone else beginning to think that Mayor Reed is allowing this to continue while his buddy Obama decides whether or not he’s going to hitch his wagon to this movement?

The previous poster hit the nail on the head when they asked if this would be permitted if the organization was the Klan or a neo-Nazi group. We all know the answer.

Do you job, Mayor Reed. Do your job NOW.

Karlise Y. Grier

October 17th, 2011
10:07 pm

I support Mayor Kasim Reed.

DannyX

October 17th, 2011
10:07 pm

I certainly can understand why all you Tea Party types are jealous, the Occupy movement is becoming more popular everyday, meanwhile the Tea Party has become very unpopular.

By the way folks, the real Boston Tea Party was an act of civil disobedience. Civil disobedience, from real patriots, not a bunch of fools wearing tea bag hats.

anonymous

October 17th, 2011
10:08 pm

Why are all of your comments so negative and hateful? How can almost all of you say such hurtful things about other human beings. Aren’t we a christian nation? Show compassion for your fellow man who doesn’t have the ability to care for himself. That’s what Jesus did. He didn’t shun anyone…ask like him! I’m disappointed in you all but I understand it is hard to recognize your own privilege. You’re right we should just tell those who can’t make it “on their own,” as if none of you had parents or family to support you at sometime in your life, to go away and suffer on their own. The occupy movement is trying to force a dialogue about the injustice of corporate influence on politics. I think you all understand that but just don’t agree. If that’s the case then why not just state that instead of using derogatory language to denigrate people? And why is it that people get so bold on blogs to say the most horrific things but wouldn’t dare say it in public. Shame on you.

pete

October 17th, 2011
10:17 pm

Liberals are such trolls. It shocks me that a woman name Grier supports Reid. Shocking I tell you.

Buzzard

October 17th, 2011
10:19 pm

She’s hoping he’ll appoint her to something or atleast put in a good word. I believe she ran for judge in fulton recently.

Thrasherjets

October 17th, 2011
10:20 pm

Too bad we couldn’t get all these smelly hipsters to help us during the Thrashers rally and camp out. That would have been a much more worthwhile cause. These protests make a statement but nothing will actually change, let’s just be clear about that. Your voice has been heard but the corporate world is not going to up and just reform during the weeks you are in your tents. If you want to make real change, get out and vote in 2012.

Lisa Simmons

October 17th, 2011
10:21 pm

I visited Occupy Atlanta to what all the fuss was about. What I observed is that: 1). They are in fact peaceful protesters. 2) they are for the most part in their 20s and look like current versions of the 60’s hippies. 3) They oppose capitalism, war, banks, anything having to do with corporations. 4). They did not put forth a proposed solution to solve the ills of this nation such as unemployment. 5) I saw alot of handmade signs, chanting and bongo playing but no real agenda for addressing what they are protesting against. 6). They need to take better care of their dogs and children

hdhd

October 17th, 2011
10:23 pm

“As long as I agree with you, you can break the law in Atlanta.” –KR, hugs, kisses

Buzzard

October 17th, 2011
10:27 pm

Lady justice is blind. The law is the law and it must apply to ALL equally, not just the ones that are politically convenient. Get em out of the park or repeal all of the laws that they are breaking.

Thrasherjets

October 17th, 2011
10:27 pm

Tom (Independent)

October 17th, 2011
10:31 pm

ATL is the home base for Liberal Democratic officials who have a higher regard for protesters than their citizens who reside downtown. Every single person who owns property downtown should put it up FOR SALE and move out making downtown ATL a ghost town. This is what Mayor Reed and his co-horts deserve!

td

October 17th, 2011
10:32 pm

Lisa Simmons

October 17th, 2011
10:21 pm

The problem is not that these people are protesting but that they are breaking the law by setting up camp in the park. They can protest all day long but then they need to go home and come back the next day. They are not above the law and the law must prevail or we will no longer be a nation of laws but a chaotic nation ruled by the mob.

blah blah

October 17th, 2011
10:32 pm

they oppose anything having to do with corporations except their smart phones, laptops, internet connections, tent manufacturers, cardboard makers, or anything else they have on their donation list.

while they keep saying they are the 99 percent they do not speak for me everyone in that 99 percent. and not everyone who is against them are in the top 1 percent..

the original and still the best John Galt

October 17th, 2011
10:34 pm

Told y’all the other day that there was no way Reed would come down hard on his fellow travelers.

td

October 17th, 2011
10:36 pm

blah blah

October 17th, 2011
10:32 pm

That is because this is really not about 99% vs 1% but rather 47% vs 53%. They belong to the 47% that do not pay taxes and live off the government and they want us 53% to continue to support their entitlement lifestyle.

Sonny LIED!

October 17th, 2011
10:36 pm

I LIED and all you fools know it.

Thrasherjets

October 17th, 2011
10:38 pm

Glad I live OTP.

td

October 17th, 2011
10:40 pm

the original and still the best John Galt

October 17th, 2011
10:34 pm

You did and I was hoping you were wrong because to this point I liked what Reed was doing as mayor. But it looks like Reed is going to be just another big city lib mayor.

Adam

October 17th, 2011
10:43 pm

Dear Mr. Mayor,
Please do us all a favor and let us know which laws we are allowed to not only break but openly flaunt in the face of every citizen of the city. You, and others that sit idly by do an injustice when comparing these people with no organized agenda to those that protested in the name of civil rights a generation ago. Civil disobedience has a place in our society but like it or not the vast majority of the bankers on Wall Street, while probably acting unethically, didn’t do anything illegal. The vast majority of Occupiers are openly and proudly breaking the law.

Mr. Mayor – Do your job.

Shame of Georgia

October 17th, 2011
10:43 pm

Occupy wall street is fighting for all of us so we can have a better life. I commend Kasim Reed for listening to the voices of Occupy Atlanta they are not bad people they just want free tratment that the government have fail us and keep up the good work Kasim Reed and the Occupy Atlanta.

pete

October 17th, 2011
10:46 pm

Shame on Georgia is a moron. I never ever ever need a bunch of 20 year old kids determining what is better for me

td

October 17th, 2011
10:49 pm

Shame of Georgia

October 17th, 2011
10:43 pm
Occupy wall street is fighting for all of us so we can have a better life.

I am calling BS on that statement. They are fighting for themselves so that they do not have to go out and make a real living and continue to live off the government, play video games, smoke pot and not grow up and be responsible.

Teery

October 17th, 2011
10:49 pm

Who is paying for the security and clean up? I’m sure it is the tax paying citizens of Atlanta.

BTW, if you don’t believe the administration is behind this, who do you think owns Zucotti Park in NY?
Nothing to see here it is just a coincidental company called Brookfield Properties. They recently received a $135.76 Million loan guarantee to build a wind farm in New Hampshire from the current administration.

No need to take my word for it, Google is your friend.

DannyX

October 17th, 2011
10:49 pm

” Civil disobedience has a place in our society but like it or not the vast majority of the bankers on Wall Street, while probably acting unethically, didn’t do anything illegal…”

LMAO!!!

You people named a movement for an epic act of civil disobedience but can’t handle 100 peaceful protesters in a park! You Emo-Republicans crack me up!

This just in from England….The King announced today that the protesters in Boston will never have the power they need to overthrow the king and should stop.

Occupying my home

October 17th, 2011
10:51 pm

I think Mayor Reed is very clever. We should force these idiots to stay in the park through the winter! However, after this week with the rain and cold moving in, they will scurry back under their rocks before you know it.

pete

October 17th, 2011
10:52 pm

What are the chances Danny has had any success in life? Liberal arts degree?

Off de Plantation

October 17th, 2011
10:55 pm

@REDSTATENEMESIS, 9:31pm;
“…but we are against it because there is a Black man in office. He is smarter and brighter than most President’s who has served before him, however, he is Black and with the wrong party.
If you can get your head out of your a$$, please furnish proof about the above italicized portion of your idiotic blog posted at 9.31pm.
You’re not a Republican, you’re a RINO, or worst still, simply a liberal who is still in the closet…but maybe not for political reasons, however.

Thrasherjets

October 17th, 2011
10:58 pm

Why don’t they just move all the smelly hipsters to Philips Arena… not like there’s much going on in there…