Occupy Bloomington Protestors Camp Downtown

Occupy Bloomington protestors say they have no plans to leave their camp in People's Park.

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    Occupy Bloomington protestors have set up tents in People's Park in downtown Bloomington.

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    Protestors staying in People's Park say they have no plans to leave anytime soon.

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    Participants camping in People's Park as a part of Occupy Bloomington were inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York.

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    Protestors set up their tents in People's Park on Sunday, Oct. 9.

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    Occupy Bloomington has a wish list of items they would like people to donate.

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    Occupy Bloomington protestors are staying in People's Park indefinitely.

Tents and posters fill People’s Park where Occupy Bloomington protestors are creating a temporary home where they eat, sleep and, of course, protest.

Occupy participant Justinian Dispenza says all the protestors have different goals, but they are united in their belief that the U.S. and Bloomington need to be rid of corruption.

“People are bringing their own passions and powers into the movement,” he says. “Something that has sort of been circulating is that it’s not one big. It’s a million littles, and a million pennies can still buy you a lot of cool things and maybe buy us or maybe grant us the change that we need.”

Bloomington protestors consider themselves to be a part of the larger movement that first started with Occupy Wall Street in New York. Protestor Aaron Pollitt says they do not plan to quit anytime soon because people are depending on their generation.

“That seems to be where movements often come from is these younger generations creating social change in the world,” he says. “I’m really glad. It feels like it’s time for it. I am honestly worried about the future of humanity.”

Local restaurants and residents have been donating food and blankets to the protestors.

“We have a wish list. People have been asking what we need and, so it’s been awesome. People have been really supportive,” Dispenza says.

Police visited the camp last night to warn the protestors about a noise complaint, but protest organizers say there have been no other confrontations with local authorities.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LUKFEU3MXO3MOA6PZLLKP6M3NA Kat

    Just remember that the neighborhoods that are being … well, forced to host these not-unique set of protests are still part of the 99%. These are supposed to be peaceful protests and a new way of dealing with problems but it’s starting to appear to be more raucous mobs who are losing the point. I say this because I live in L.A. and am no longer allowed to have a peaceful day at my home. And I read this http://www.dnainfo.com/20110928/downtown/occupy-wall-street-protesters-are-too-noisy-residents-say and saw the really alarming comments from Occupy supporters. Don’t cannibalize your own kind, protestors.

  • Dale

    Quite an amazing mix of participants in this, as evident in these photos of Sunday’s beginning:

    http://www.bloomingtononline.net/album/main.php?g2_itemId=310737

  • JB Peebles

    I’m a blogger and photographer who attended the October 9th Bloomington protest march along Kirkwood, from the Chase Bank to People’s Park.

    I’ve just posted photos of the event on my photography site. It is here:

    http://web.me.com/johnbpeebles/JohnPeeblesPhotography/Events/Pages/Occupy_Bloomington.html

    You may access my site through jbpeebles.com, but it isn’t bookmarkable.

    -John Peebles

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