occupy nashville

11:32am

Mon April 2, 2012
Police Make No Move to Arrest Protesters

Homeless Advocates Occupy Legislative Plaza

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Legislative plaza was briefly occupied once again Sunday night, but not by the Occupy Movement.

About 30 homeless advocates slept overnight on the plaza in defiance of a new state law that prohibits camping on state property. Advocates say the law, recently passed by the Tennessee legislature specifically to dislodge occupy protesters from the plaza, makes homelessness a criminal offense.

Lindsey Crank is a divinity student at Vanderbilt University and has worked with Nashville’s homeless for the past five years.

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12:07pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Occupy Murfreesboro Also Gets Bad News

Last Occupy Nashville Protester Evicted From Plaza

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — March is proving to be a challenging month for the Occupy movement in Middle Tennessee.

When Tennessee State Troopers arrived well before dawn this morning to enforce a new law governing camping on state property, they found a single protester waiting for them on the legislative plaza.

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12:40pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Protest Alternatives Being Sought

Occupy Nashville Preparing for Eviction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal designed to evict Occupy Nashville protesters is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The legislation passed the House 68-21 Monday evening after lawmakers agreed to a change by the Senate, which approved the bill 20-10 last week.

The measure makes it a crime to camp on any state-owned land that’s not specifically designated for camping.

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1:12pm

Thu February 16, 2012
Protesters are Looking at Other Options

Bill Aimed At Occupy Nashville Passes House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  A proposal aimed at stopping Occupy Nashville protesters from staying overnight on the Capitol complex has passed the House.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Eric Watson of Cleveland was approved 70-26 after a lengthy debate Thursday morning. The companion bill was to be heard on the Senate floor, but the upper chamber adjourned before hearing the legislation.

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12:13pm

Tue February 14, 2012
Protesters Say Eviction Threat is Energizing

Occupation of Public Square Short-Lived

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — An attempt to move the Occupy Nashville protest from the state Capitol to the city's Public Square was short-lived.

One tent was set up on the lawn of the city government headquarters Monday night. According to an Occupy spokesperson, seven Metro Nashville police cruisers arrived at the site early Tuesday morning and officers told tent dweller Matt Hammill a local ordinance barred camping there.

Hammill packed up his tent and left.

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