On August 5th, members of Occupy Delaware held an event at Spencer Plaza, the site of our 9 month protest camp. It was a joint birthday celebration to celebrate those 9 months, as well as a wake of sorts since we had made the difficult decision to end our protest encampment. I can’t speak for every individual, but I can say that many folks I spoke with shared that is was time to end our tent protests and to pour our time and energy into new forms of protest and community education. In addition, Spencer Plaza is also slated for much needed renovation in September and we had agreed to leave the Plaza to allow for this….as much to honor the memory of Peter Spencer as well as recognizing the jobs that the Plaza renovation will support.
On behalf of members of Occupy Delaware, I’d like to thank everyone who came out yesterday to help us celebrate our 9 month milestone as well as added their support for our de-occupation. It was a bittersweet day–remembering the past, but looking towards what the future will bring for Occupy Delaware.
As one commenter on our Facebook page put it:
It was a great day at Spencer Plaza. So much love and determination to move forward. Tents served their purpose but they aren’t necessary to continue the movement for the 99%. Onward!!