Tags:Full announcement from Occupy Asheville below:
Asheville, NC- Occupy Asheville is holding a march and vigil in response to Occupy Oakland's call for a general strike and national day of action. Occupy Oakland moved to support a general strike following a police crackdown on their occupation over curfew violations that resulted in the serious injury of Scott Olsen, a young Vets for Peace member. The march will depart from underneath the Lexington Avenue bridge at 6 pm and combine with a vigil at the Vance Monument.
Occupy Asheville will hold a public General Assembly during the event and at which the possibility of a community forum on police violence, the surveillance of political dissent, and accountability will be discussed. The eventual goal of the forum being the establishment of an independent civilian review board for police accountability. The events in Oakland are part of a larger insular police culture that negatively effects people of color and activist communities. Asheville is not an exception to this trend as seen by scandals roiling the Asheville Police Department spanning sexual harassment to investigations into missing evidence. The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office under Bobby Medford has also had issues with disappearing evidence in the form of guns, drugs and money, in addition to federal investigations for corruption.
Occupy Asheville is dedicated to liberating public space in peaceful protest and coordinating networks of resistance to corporate dominance with our sister cities across the nation and globe.