Occupy Phoenix's "Pre-Occupation March" Kicks Off at 3 p.m. -- Dress Code Non-Existent

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Hundreds of angry protesters are expected in downtown Phoenix this afternoon to march from the downtown Civic Space to Cesar Chavez Plaza as the precursor to tomorrow's scheduled "Occupy Phoenix" demonstration.

However, "THIS IS NOT THE OCCUPATION," the group behind the "Occupy Phoenix" movement says.

Today's march, scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m., is the "pre-occupation," according to the occupiers.

Following the short march, the Haymarket Squares will be playing live at Cesar Chavez Plaza. Then, organizers plan to gather on the corner of 2nd Street and Van Buren Street to serve as the backdrop to Channel 12's 5 p.m. newscast.

If you've seen any of the coverage of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, you know the "occupiers" aren't seen as the ideal voices for social change -- they've been described as drugged-out, pissed-off hippies who are just looking for an excuse to pretend it's 1968.

Phoenix's occupation seems like it's on a similar track.

Aside from protesters apparently not knowing what it is they actually hope to accomplish by camping out in downtown Phoenix (on the group's Facebook page, organizers say "it is our time to rise, Arizona," but then ask "what will be our demands?"), Arizona State University student Gil Ortega posted the following on the group's Facebook page:
Wish I could make it, but you have my full support!
And please, for the love of all that is good, don't dress up like a hippie and hold some irrelevant sign about arrested development or some shit. This is a serious fucking deal.
His comment wasn't well received.

"Why dose it matter how we are dressed? Hippies have a specific attire now? Don't label people," Marisa Mata writes in response to Ortega's comment.

Jay Led explains why -- on some level -- it does matter how the demonstrators dress and act if they want to be taken seriously.


"Image matters. It's about PR, and getting taken seriously (by the pols, the media, our opponents, people we want to join us, and the police)," Led posted in response to Ortega's suggestion of a dress code. "AND, about not letting image issues be a distraction from our cause. We can Occupy Together or fail because we're copping an attitude about individuality."

Regardless of what the occupiers wear, the actual "Occupation" starts tomorrow at Cesar Chavez Plaza. We'll be there, so check back with us for details.

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Party Dresses
Party Dresses

this is so usefull for the people who are interested in designing.

Wwwboson
Wwwboson

Call New Times 602 271 0040 to complain about the coverage! I just did and I was being ridiculed. I asked for their official position on the movement and they wouldn't give one though they made it clear.

Sarah Kramer
Sarah Kramer

this dress code thing is a stupid conversation. Hippies will dress like hippies and everyone else will also dress the way they usually do.  THE PR COMES FROM PROTESTING, NOT DRESSING. The most judgemental people are hardest on themselves.

Tina
Tina

So the wise elderly gentleman disparages protesters while protesting...  hmmmm.

Jeffkolnicki
Jeffkolnicki

James, I dig the Phoenix New Times, but you are a tool. Go work for fox news!

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Let us resolve this issue once and for all by doing what is right.Should immigrants who chose to go through the normal immigration process and those who cross the border illegally be treated the same? How is that fair and just to one and all?

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Let us resolve this issue once and for all by doing what is right.Should immigrants who chose to go through the normal immigration process and those who cross the border illegally be treated the same? How is that fair and just to one and all?

ericthefool
ericthefool

Christ, you do all your reporting from Facebook?  Seriously, get the fuck off your ass and do some real journalism, instead of repeating what FOX NEWS says.  You imbecile James King.  I think your a jackass, ignorant, no good, horribly, biased journalist that shouldn't have a job, because all you do is lie and spread propaganda. 

I am real close to never picking up your magazine again, because of the ineptness of the "journalists" 

Get a clue James....oh and a different job please...you suck at it.

Mistalee
Mistalee

This is not a well thought-out article. I have been following the Wall Street Occupation and no, they are not a bunch of "drugged-out hippies." Really, James, how lame, and how OUTDATED, can you possibly be? You sound like a disgruntled old fuddy-duddy circa 1975.  

Wall Street Occupation protesters are diverse; They are white, black, brown, young, old, clean-cut, hirsute. Whether they have a written and codified list of demands is irrelevant. They know why they are protesting, and everybody else knows why they are protesting. They are tired of the legalized thievery that continues to enrich a small handful of Americans while costing working people their jobs and homes.

Get with the program, James, you can do better than this.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Agreed,the people I know that are going are far from "drugged out hippies".We are people from all walks of life. I am very disapointed at James' comment. I guess I have become acustomed to expect more from PNT. This type of comment I would expect from a rag publication such as SA,not PNT.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

More propaganda from the main stream media rag, the New Times.  The average participants are not drugged out hippy types.   That would be your parents James, not the protestors.  The coverage of these occupy Wall Street events has been shamelessly biased and just plain yellow journalism at its best.   Great job of toeing the line James.

Rick
Rick

Why dont we dress in business wear at the Occupation?  Maybe we will get a better reception and people will take us more seriously.  It's time the people in power see that it is the average middle class citizen who is mad as hell and won't take it any more. 

rossy
rossy

Oh...not the "change" you were "hoping" to see?

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