Preparations have included: 1) Securing
sleeping arrangements for as many occupiers as we can fit in our
current encampment. In order to maximize available space to accommodate
as many people as possible, we will (2) remove individual tents and
replace them with large canopies to offer shade and protection from the
weather. (3) Our liaison with Fire Dog Lake, Sonja Ebron, continues to
work with Occupy Tampa by securing items such as sunscreen, bug spray,
bandanas, portable water containers, sleeping bags and mats, UV
protective shirts a
nd other useful items.
Occupy Tampa has formed a Regional General Assembly to coordinate Occupy groups throughout the bay area, including: Occupy Lakeland, Occupy St. Petersburg, Occupy Bradenton, Occupy USF, Occupy New Port Richey, and Occupy Sarasota. We have tried to plan as much as possible ahead of time, but we want to leave space open to spontaneously produce additional actions by harnessing the number of people that arrive.
Food not Bombs has called a World Gathering and plans to run feeding operations throughout the duration of the RNC. A week before the Republican National Convention, chapters of Food Not Bombs from every corner of the globe will convene in order to prepare to feed the thousands of protesters flooding into the city. FNB will serve brunch everyday at 10 am, at Voice of Freedom Park, and will also serve dinner before the General Assemblies. We will offer warm-ups at 9 am, including yoga & other light exercises.
We invite everyone to come and take advantage of the preparations we have made, to help ensure that all occupiers and other supporting groups can use this moment of national attention to confront the political status-quo.
We currently occupy a privately-owned, publicly accessible park (fittingly named “Voice of Freedom). The owner has donated the space for use by the Occupy Movement.Facilities include: running water, two port-a-potties, parking, Internet access, and electricity.
Our address is 2101 W. Main St. Tampa, Fl. You can contact us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/occupytampa or through our website www.occupytampa.org.
Peace, Love, & Solidarity,
(Passed by consensus by the General Assembly)