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Occupy Atlanta Plans Friday March to Homeless Shelter

Marchers may relocate to Midtown as city looks to kick them out of Woodruff Park.

The Occupy Atlanta movement plans to march Friday afternoon to the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter located on the edge of Midtown.

The march, set to begin at Woodruff Park at 5 p.m., aims to defend the shelter that has for years struggled to stay open.

The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, which operates the shelter, this week filed a lawsuit against Emory University and Emory Healthcare for allegedly engaging in a conspiracy to sabotage the shelter, according to Atlanta Progressive News.

"Come show your support and deliver a message to Emory University and other greedy corporate interests that would like to see this property be used to fatten their bellies and wallets, while others starve and die in the cold," says a Facebook post for the Friday march.

In response, Emory issued the following statement: "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.

" has continued to partner closely with our local communities as a solid and responsible neighbor and health care provider, while working hard to also ensure the safety of our patients, visitors, and employees who entrust Emory for their care or as a place of employment."

Read Emory's .

The Occupy Atlanta group, which has been encamped in Woodruff Park since the evening of Oct. 7, is part of the national Occupy Wall St. movement that aims to battle what is sees as corporate corruption and government failure among several other issues.

On Wednesday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed issued an executive order requiring the group to vacate Woodruff Park on Monday, Oct. 17.

"I am committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the laws of the city are respected," Reed said in a prepared statement. "I will not allow public safety to be jeopardized in any way by the protesters."

The group currently is looking for spaces to relocate, a protester told Patch on Thursday. Marchers may try to move from Woodruff Park to a vacant lot behind the in Midtown, he said.

On Tuesday, the group in Midtown.

Bum Bot October 14, 2011 at 01:42 PM
The Occupy Atlanta movement wants to be a blight the whole city and the State of Georgia just as The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless has been a blight on the home owners and business owners in our neighborhood. Its no wonder the Occupy group wants to join the Task Force group. These people talk about greed! They're the ones demanding that the small business owners and working the working people of this city and state support them because they refuse to support themselves. There real names should be "The Occupation Forces Against Small Businesses who want steal working people's future! Sincerely, The Bum Bot
Amy Wenk October 14, 2011 at 08:07 PM
Since this article was published, I added a statement from Emory University.
Bill Anderson October 14, 2011 at 08:46 PM
Amy, please read my story of going from Masters degree to homelessness with an internet search for "New police weapon against homeless" on homeless forums. I hope you will consider telling my story. Bill Anderson soxin8@hotmail.com
alston dutton October 16, 2011 at 02:28 AM
I suggest you take a walk through the park and engage with the people you so cavalierly consider "blights"... just because a person "owns" does not give them any special privileges. Don't be so quick to judge. Occupy is now in the hearts and minds of too many of your fellow vigilant Atlantans, like myself, and that will never go away. Fed up and mad as hell, we will not likely go back into our shell. This is a historic awakening, and the path before us leads only forward as we follow a shining light through the darkness of a police state in search of liberty and justice for us all. We are, each of us, walking contradictions, but we must find a way to come together for mutual benefit. Enough of this greed and back-biting in our adult game of Monopoly. Surely every person in this city holds the utmost of respect for their Constitutional right to gather in public spaces to air their grievances. There thus far has been no violence in Atlanta, and that is to be admired. If the city acts to use force, it will be a disgrace and likely result in another chunk of city funds deducted to settle law suits. Remember, elected officials and police officers are sworn to uphold the Constitution and to serve and protect. But who do they serve and protect? Time to re-boot and start anew.

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