Occupy Atlanta Marchers Try to Storm Midtown Hospital

Around 300 people marched on Emory University Hospital Midtown in support of the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter.

Around 300 people with the Occupy Atlanta movement tried to storm  Friday evening.

It was an intense scene as people armed with protest signs, bull horns and banners marched to the hospital doors, trying to push their way through. Emory police lined the entrance, preventing the marchers from entering. 

No arrests were made during the march.

The march was organized in support of the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter located across the street from the hospital.

The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, which operates the shelter, this week filed a lawsuit against Emory University and Emory Healthcare that claims the healthcare company engaged in a conspiracy to sabotage the shelter.

The shelter has struggled for years to stay open, in part because it doesn't raise enough money to cover the cost of operations. The shelter owes the city of Atlanta nearly $200,000 for water and sewer service, according to Courthouse News Service. The shelter recently lost a federal lawsuit  that claimed the city was conspiring to shut the facility down.

Emory today issued a statement and the .

"While we certainly support Occupy Atlanta’s right and desire to peacefully gather and demonstrate, we strongly disagree with their assertion that Emory University and Emory Healthcare discriminate in any way, shape or form against the men and women we serve each and every day," Emory said in the prepared statement.

A group of Occupy Atlanta protesters in Midtown on Tuesday evening, where they chanted in protest of bank bailouts, and took turns making speeches. The gathering was peaceful and the protesters did not attempt to enter the bank.

It's unclear how many of the protesters who tried to push their way into the hospital Friday were new to the Occupy Atlanta group.

O4W October 15, 2011 at 05:41 AM
Ok, Occupy Atlanta people I'm a bit confused. How does distrubting a hospital caring for sick innocent people help the cause of a crack house - Peachtree-Pine? Pick a cause and stick with it. I'm CERTAIN none of you understand the midhandling and enabling the warehouse has impacted on the men that stay there and the community that surrounds it. 99% of what? Uninformed and confused?
Chris Murphy October 15, 2011 at 10:34 AM
Steve Gower is correct when claiming that the Task Force for the Homeless is a sham. Some of you may not be acquainted with the management of the organization and its facility at Peachtree & Pine. Anita Beatty and her husband are not only paid hundreds of thousands per year to head that thing, but they have also amassed "retirement" funds of millions of dollars. I'm not kidding about these figures, they are available should you do enough research into the organization. If "Emory student" is correct- and I have no reason to believe that they aren't- then the author of this article didn't choose their words well. However, the picture that accompanies this article shows a confrontation between a protester and Emory cop that looks quite a bit more than "peaceful protest." I applaud the Occupy Wall Street and other protesters that are legally and peacefully showing their disgust against an economic and political system that is thoroughly rigged. I think it is a complete shame, however, that they have been co-opted by scam artists like the Beattys.
Jeffrey Lam October 15, 2011 at 02:45 PM
As someone who has lived a few blocks away from this so-called shelter for a few years, I can tell you that the Metro Task Force for the Homeless does a poor job of actually helping the homeless out of their situation and a poor job of preventing drug activity right outside their doorstep. There are plenty of well-run homeless shelters in Downtown such as the Union Mission next to Centennial Park.
will October 15, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Whether the homeless shelter is well run or effective is irrelevant to these people. One of their "demands" is to forgive all debts. If people manage their affairs poorly its always someone else's fault. Its no different in this case. This while bizzare story reminds me of kids who just learned to drive. They will drive anywhere just to be driving. These kids seem to like protesting no matter how silly just to be protesting. The while thing is just silly.
alston dutton October 15, 2011 at 03:40 PM
I may be wrong with this, but having been in that building before for several occasions, I think there is a misconception that this building is really a hospital. I believe it is for doctor office visits and day treatments. The image of hospital is not the image I get from this annex.
Bob Johnson October 15, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Forcing Germany to pay off onerous debts of WW1 led directly to WW2. Forcing African nations to pay off IMF loans that were stolen years ago by corrupt leaders does nothing to alleviate crippling poverty but does everything to ensure their resources will be stripped bare. Donald Trump declares bankruptcy every few years. American's have caught on. They are no longer convinced the rules they are expected to play by are the same rules the 1% has ever played by. The rules are designed to play the honest and benefit the thieves. TARP should have taught you that. I'll look into this homeless shelter but based on the posts here it sounds more like NIMBY than rightous outrage.
Roger Sikes October 16, 2011 at 01:35 AM
Emory Hospital Midtown represents a key player in the effort to shut down the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter. Emory views the shelter as an interference to the "business" of its Midtown hospital. Furthermore, Emory would like to see the lucrative property on which the homeless shelter resides to be developed. Emory has blocked millions in funding to the shelter since 1997. Protestors recognized the role that Emory has played with the homeless shelter and the rest of the Atlanta community and wanted the larger public to be aware as well. Emory upper administration is the 1%. Protestors were very careful to ensure that they were not interfering with the medical service operations of the hospital.
makingadiferrence October 16, 2011 at 02:44 AM
I was there and it was very peaceful. Seriously this hospital promotes healing. Enough said.
Lalaine October 16, 2011 at 03:22 AM
I was in the march. AS SOON AS the officer told us to back up, we did. "Storming" is a ridiculous exaggeration. The main problem we have is that Emory university is hiking fees and being dishonest about their corporate associations. It is especially offensive that they are doing so using a homeless shelter.
Charles Steffen October 16, 2011 at 02:56 PM
I write as a member of the Board of Directors of the Task Force for the Homeless. I was also present at the demonstration in front of Emory Hospital entrance. The demonstration was loud but peaceful. After several minutes chanting in front of the entryway, we marched back to Peachtree-Pine. It is important to stand back and consider the larger significance of this action. The Task Force has recently filed suit against Emory University and its health-care affiliates. We charge Emory with participating in an illegal conspiracy to undermine the Task Force and close down the homeless service center at Peachtree-Pine. Other co-conspirators named in our several lawsuits include the City of Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, businessman Manny Fialkow, and several dummy corporations created by Fialkow to conceal his role in the conspiracy. Documents that our lawyers have obtained in the discovery process show that Emory University was an active and willing partner in the conspiracy to attack the Task Force's public and private funding, and to enable Fialkow to illegally claim title to the property at Peachtree-Pine. We are confident that when a jury and the larger public have an opportunity to see this damning evidence, they will condemn Emory's shameful record. They will also want to know why the local media and blogsters consistently failed to get to the bottom of the story.
Lauren October 17, 2011 at 03:39 PM
The definition of "storm" is "a violent military assault on a fortified place, strong position, or the like". The use of this sort of inflammatory language to describe a non-violent protest by non-military citizens is incorrect and biased. The readers of your newspaper deserve honesty, not sensationalism.
jtofgc October 17, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Storm is a strong word. We walked through the doors until the police asked us to go back outside. Then we left. The building we entered was an administrative building so no patients were prevented from receiving care.
jtofgc October 17, 2011 at 04:22 PM
We entered an administrative building and were there for all of five minutes. No patient care was impeded.
jtofgc October 17, 2011 at 04:23 PM
According to the students I was with, it's an administrative building.
jtofgc October 17, 2011 at 04:24 PM
We entered an administrative building and were there at its door for all of five minutes. No patient care was impeded.
alex October 18, 2011 at 01:54 PM
The building you WERE TRYING to disturb is not simply administrative. It houses surgical and cardiac procedural areas as well as labor and delivery and mother/baby units. The statements referring to it as an administrative building simply underscore how uninformed your group is!
Jay Bell October 18, 2011 at 02:47 PM
Swing and a big miss by the The Flea Party. Keep it up. Your myriad of uniformed causes and misguided actions are the Achilles heel of this entire "movement". Funny that its called a movement as you guys do a lot of just sitting around drumming and making tambourines.
Dixie Patriot October 18, 2011 at 07:32 PM
This is criminal civil disobedience, disturbing the peace, unlawful assembly, loitering . . . and probably involved obstruction, and more. It's so laughable that the Occupy derelicts compare their mobs to Tea Party assemblies. The Occupy people need to check themselves beforeTHEY cause serious problems, civil unrest, and violence. Law abiding people will not tolerate Euro/Middle East style riots.
mjrsr October 18, 2011 at 10:33 PM
When does giving an officer the finger and threatning that officer make the term peaceful a part of your vocabulary
Ronald Martin October 19, 2011 at 01:28 PM
these "Occupy" protesters are a collection of social misfits and far left Communist types. Its time the police started cracking some skulls when they pull this crap. They want to stand around with signs and protest fine, when they start trespassing , start cracking skulls.
Engle Bertand October 19, 2011 at 01:33 PM
Holy crap, these people are lunatics. Will someone cut them a check or pay for their student loans or whatever the hell they're looking for so we don't need to fear for our safety?
Ronald Martin October 19, 2011 at 01:48 PM
A bunch of "KIDS" attempting to display worldly wisdom. In reality they're a collection of spoiled brats that ought to have their heads cracked.
The giant October 19, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Wow. I am now relinquishing all responsiblity with this group of ragtags, I should've learned when I left your all the first time, in my now classic youtube video appearance in the John Lewis fiasco, screaming at all of you. I came back, because I helped Launch this thing, Occupyatl was my baby, but now, I am once again forced to call all of you out, and pull my dumbass card. And to they guy flicking off a cop, you are the problem, not the officer. I am ashamed, and apologize to the city for initially spearheading this movement.
Dianne Patti October 21, 2011 at 02:30 AM
jtofgc, that was not an administration building, that was a hospital, just like the guard told you: "Birthing was on the third floor...." etc, etc. My brother works there. Your man assaulted the guard. Y'all need to learn the law and grow up.
Dianne Patti October 21, 2011 at 02:34 AM
My brother works there: it is NOT an administration building, it is a HOSPITAL. The guard TOLD you very plainly, yet you persisted with your assault, jtofgc. SHAME.
Tonto October 22, 2011 at 07:50 PM
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Jim Dean October 23, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Chris, Would love to be briefed on the Beattys on these numbers if you have more than space can really provide here. Thanks. Jim Dean, veteranstoday.com jimwdean@aol.com
Jim Dean October 23, 2011 at 02:18 PM
The point of their trying to go into the building was to provoke a confrontation and hopefully a good scuffle to get some photos and video to use for publicity. That's how the game is played folks. When the freedom marchers gang were heading south, they had some smart ethnic groups folks advising them that they really needed so violent confrontations to get major national coverage. They did psychological profiles of off the big city sheriffs to pick who the most likely candidates would be. Bull Connor topped the list, and the rest is history. In one of my interviews with these folks, it casually came out 'God Bless, the KKK...if they had not existed we would have had to invent them. They played right into our hands just like our _____ advisors told us they would." When Maynard Jackson won the mayor's slot he threw a big party at the airport. When the $500,000 part bill came in he sent it over to the city accounting. They advised that it was it was not legal for the city to pay for a political party celebration. Jackson called a meeting of the town business fathers to break the ice, only stayed a few minutes and left after slapping the half mil bill down and saying I need you folks to take care of this. After he left his aide explained that if they did not pay he would unleash the city licensing and inspectors loose on all of their business.
Ken Edelstein October 29, 2011 at 05:01 AM
I agree with the "we are the 99 percent" message of Occupy Wall Street (and supposedly Occupy Atlanta) far more than I do with anything ever done by the Tea Party, which simply is a tool cooked up by demagogues and the super-wealthy to screw the middle class. But turning attention away from that unifying 99 percent message and toward the divisive cause of Peachtree-Pine sapped the movement's energy and alienated allies -- particularly because the protesters were so stupid as to block the main entrance to a hospital. Whether you think the Peachtree-Pine is wonderful or not, Occupy Atlanta strayed from the salience of the Occupy Wall Street message by opting to be used by a marginal cause. Why not focus on the Koch brothers' Georgia-Pacific building instead of a hospital?
Ken Edelstein October 29, 2011 at 05:50 AM
On the other hand, Chris Murphy does a disservice to civil debate by making the apparently false claim that "Anita Beatty and her husband are not only paid hundreds of thousands per year to head that thing, but they have also amassed 'retirement' funds of millions of dollars." If, as you claim, "these figures ... are available should you do enough research," then why don't you show us the research before making such a potentially defamatory accusation? The Task Force's IRS Form 990, available at Guidestar.org, shows that the Beatty's received "0" compensation in 2009 (the last year available), after having jointly received $52,000 in years before that. Until you back up your unsupported accusation with credible information, Chris, it's only fair to acknowledge that -- whatever you think of the Beattys -- they don't appear to be greedy.


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