Occupy Tulsa has arrived and set up business at 6th and Main on the downtown Centennial Park Green. I think the movement is just a few days old. The latest news I can find comes from KRMG.com at 4:26 p.m. today, which confirmed that pitching a tent and camping is prohibited. Oh but wait, Police Chief Chuck Jordan said only sleeping in a tent is a violation, so pitching the tent is okay. The City has a strict 11 p.m. curfew for city parks, and electricity was cut off at Centennial Green at 11 a.m. today. Today, Chief Jordan says “ultimately” they will have to move. Occupiers say they will vacate the park if they are forced to, and then will sit on the sidewalks. (By the way, the occupiers are begging cigarettes.)
The Occupy Tulsa website says this is Day No. 4, donations are needed. Anything to keep them dry in rain. They need video cameras, tents, mouthwash, toothpaste, moisturizer, pine sol, laundry detergent, art supplies, a volunteer to teach yoga, books, flashlights, vegan and gluten free food and…cigarettes.
I caution those good-hearted donaters: it is not possible to find a single thing on the list at the Occupy Tulsa website that has not been produced or manufactured by a capitalist. Someone invested their own money and figured out how to get it to a store shelf for beggers like those thinking they are “occupying” our city.
I can tell you, if most of the occupiers are from Tulsa, they can get home to get their own mouthwash, toothpaste and moisturizer. You can get from anywhere to anywhere in Tulsa in about 20-30 minutes…unless you have to cruise through the 71st and Memorial area which always has heavy traffic. Nevertheless, a rally will be held there as a part of the Move your Money movement, which I think is a great idea. Move your money to small community banks if you can find one you feel good about.