Fewer than two months ago, Liberty Bell Corner in Utica was full of people. With great passion, the occupy-ers were fighting against corporate greed and government corruption. But if you've driven by Liberty Bell Cornerin Utica lately, you'll noticed that the occupy-ers there are all gone.
One member of the movement Julie Davis says someone whom she believes was sent from the city shut off the electricity they were using. But she says the movement is by no means over. "It's irrelevant whether we're in a space occupying," says Davis, "We're in important places where important issues need to be brought to the forefront, which is more important than an actual occupation."
She says the members now attend common council meetings, where a resolution has been passed allowing them to voice their concerns. Davis says the members meet regularly. "We will continue to work on local policy, and try to influence politicians locally to protect us from federal laws that seem very inhumane at times."
Right now, she says they're focusing on problems they have with the arterial project, banking, and encouraging people to shop locally. Like anything, the movement has changed as it's grown. Davis says they're working on breaking issues down into digestible movements to create actual change.
She says they plan to hold a rally on December 31st to bring forth issues that are most important to the movement at that time.