It’s easy to lose track of the date when you’re camping out in the middle of downtown Detroit, the days blend into each other. The Occupy Detroit protesters almost did not notice the end of Daylight Savings Time a week ago. But they are very much aware of the date tomorrow, November 14, which marks the expiration of their permit from the City of Detroit to have tents on Grand Circus Park and could turn out to be a pivotal point in the history of the movement.
Come 10 p.m. on Monday, the protesters are ready for a number of different scenarios. If the request for an extension on the permit is denied, Detroit Police could start issuing tickets at 10 p.m. and stop at that, or they could forcibly tear down the camp and arrest the protesters. There will be a special general assembly at 6 p.m.
But if the permit extension is granted, the protesters will go ahead with their plans for the rest of the week, which include banner drops on Thursday and a fundraiser on Saturday featuring the poetry of WSU Prof. Melba Boyd.
Another date the protesters are keeping an eye out for is November 24, which is Thanksgiving, and the date of the corporate-sponsored Macy’s Parade; they have already had discussions on how to try to make parade-goers aware of the issue of corporate greed and how it is ruining our nation far beyond the corporate stranglehold on our cherished holidays.
“The route of Detroit’s big Thanksgiving Day parade would take it right past the Occupy Detroit site at Grand Circus Park. … The camp would be unavoidable to TV and a fair chunk of the crowd. This may be why Detroit city officials want Occupy [Detroit protesters] evicted before Santa makes his way down Woodward Avenue,” wrote Kim Hunter on the Occupy Detroit website.