Last night, the General Assembly of Occupy Richmond decided by modified consensus to accept the offer of Raymond Boone, editor and publisher of the Richmond Free Press, to camp on his property. Located adjacent to the estate of Mayor Dwight Jones, the occupation will begin today at 2:00 PM. The new location will allow us to reorganize logistically and continue an authentic dialogue on our nation’s political and social problems.
Occupy Richmond considers this a strategic move and not a permanent encampment. Our decision is not intended to antagonize the Mayor. Rather, we recognize that communication with his office has been difficult, given that he has taken pains to ignore both our letters and our presence at last night’s City Council. Our intent is to make ourselves available should the Mayor choose to engage with us in a diplomatic manner rather than simply ignoring us or raiding our camp.
Our next General Assembly will be held on the site of the occupation at 7:00 PM.