Wanted: Empty lot suitable for housing six or more tents for a dozen or so anti-Wall Street demonstrators. Tenants would maintain their own fire pit and outhouse and would clean up litter. Highly visible, symbolic location preferred but will consider all options.
Occupy Omaha demonstrators are in a quandary: Where can they stage their demonstrations after being ousted about 4 a.m. Thursday from a city-owned parking lot at 24th and Farnam Streets? They're looking for a sympathetic small-business owner who can help.
Two weekend meetings, which the protesters call general assemblies, generated a lot of discussion but no consensus on what to do next, said Dan Gruppo, one of the demonstrators.
"We're still talking," Gruppo said. "We're still in this."
The group also is looking at ways to legally set up camp at Elmwood Park or other public property, said Gruppo, 23, a student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The group had twice rejected going to the park. They would need a special permit to stay past 11 p.m.
The demonstrators would use a privately owned lot for as little as a week if they could quickly land a public site, he said. If not, Gruppo said, the Occupy Omaha group might need the private lot for as long as two months.
He said the movement would attract more participants if it could stop shifting locations.
This group joins with others across the nation protesting corporate power and income inequality.
Gruppo, a history and creative writing major, said the 24th and Farnam spot was attractive because it was visible and symbolic, as it was near the Federal Reserve Bank.
The demonstrators would be good tenants, he said, taking care of sanitation and the fire pit, which would be essential.
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