Occupy Salem

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Occupy Salem
Part of the Occupy movement
DateOctober 2011 – 2012
Caused byEconomic inequality, corporate influence over government, inter alia.
MethodsDemonstration, occupation, protest, street protesters
Arrests and injuries

Occupy Salem was a collaboration in Salem, Oregon based on the Occupy Wall Street movement which began in New York City on September 17, 2011. Occupy Salem has included peaceful protests[1] and demonstrations.[2]

As of June 2012, Occupy Salem had continued to engage in organized meetings, events and actions.[3]


Beginning on October 10, protesters began camping out at Willson Park in Salem,[4] and also set up tents in a parking lot adjacent to the capitol building.[5] The encampment included a kitchen area and a first aid station.[5] On the same day, hundreds of protesters rallied at the state Capitol.[6] Former Salem Mayor Mike Swaim was one of the participants in this rally.[6] On October 12, 2011 protesters were warned not to camp at a Salem park, the violation of which would result in arrests.[7] Protesters moved their belongings and themselves out of the park, and returned the next morning.[7] It was reported that local law enforcement considered the protest peaceful in nature.[1]

Oregon state officials on November 14 ordered the Salem protesters to leave the encampment, where they had been stationed since October 10. The officials also said that the protesters were required to "remove all tents, waste, portable toilets and other structures from Willson Park by the end of the month". In response, the protesters decided to have "daily demonstrations" at a bridge nearby the park and to also have group meetings in Marion State Park instead.[8]

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  1. ^ a b Staff writer and Gino Corridori (October 14, 2011). "Occupy Salem a peaceful demonstration, police say". KATU. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  2. ^ Michael Rose (October 16, 2011). "Occupy Salem protests continue". Statesman Journal. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "Occupy Salem: Calendar". Occupy Salem. Archived from the original on May 1, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ Timothy J. Gonzalez and Danielle Peterson (October 11, 2011). "Occupy Salem, Day 2". Statesman Journal. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Chris Lehman (October 12, 2011). "Occupy Salem Movement Settles In For Long Haul". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  6. ^ a b (October 10, 2011.) "Hundreds Take Part in 'Occupy Salem' Rally." Archived 2012-04-05 at the Wayback Machine KTVZ News (Sourced from Associated Press.) Accessed October 2011.
  7. ^ a b Jeff Thompson (October 13, 2011). "'Occupy Salem' moves camp, avoids arrests". KGW. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved February 24, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ Staff writer (November 26, 2011). "Occupy Salem to leave camp, move to new park". The Columbian. Retrieved February 24, 2012.

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