Occupy Vancouver, Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territory, November 15, 2011 – Occupy Vancouver will have its day in court tomorrow at a hearing that will determine the fate of the protest site at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Supreme Court Justice Anne MacKenzie delayed the City of Vancouver's attempt to get an injunction to shut down the site.
Over the past week, Occupiers have been working hard to address what they feel is an ever-expanding list of orders and directives. “Some of us have been trying to comply the Fire Chief’s new requirements, but we have not been able to find out what they are”, said Tom, an Occupier with the media committee. “None of the onsite Firefighters seem to know what those requirements are, and we’ve received no exhaustive official list from the fire department.”
Despite their confusion, Occupiers are confident that the changes made to date will sufficiently convince the courts of Occupy Vancouver’s desire to be safe and cooperative, with many indicating that they look forward to putting the compliance issues behind them and returning to the the work of raising awareness about increasing social and economic inequality.
The three-day hearing will begin tomorrow at 10am and is expected to draw huge numbers to ‘Occupy the Hearing!’ and rally in solidarity with Occupy Vancouver and many other Occupations which are currently fighting for the ‘Right to Occupy’ as their chosen form of political expression.
The ‘Occupy the Hearing!’ Rally begins on Wednesday Nov 16 at 9:00am at the Supreme Court of BC.
If you would like more information or would like to schedule an interview, please contact:
Occupy Vancouver Media Committee,
Occupy Vancouver is a non-violent political movement to transform the unequal, unfair, and growing disparity in the distribution of power and wealth in Vancouver and around the globe.