After two days of testimony, the criminal trespassing trial of some Occupy Cincinnati protestors has been continued until Jan. 30 while attorneys on both sides continue to negotiate a possible resolution.
Meanwhile, the Occupy Cincinnati group isn't resting; it will stage an event called “Recharge Weekend” on Saturday and Sunday, designed to boost the morale of participants and devise a more precise, clear agenda for moving forward.
Occupy protestors camped overnight for 10 days in November at downtown's Piatt Park, before Cincinnati police arrested them and removed their tents and signs from the plaza. About 45 people were arrested on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespassing.
The protestors were arrested for violating park rules that state people must leave by 10 p.m.
Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Dwane Mallory, brother of Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, presided over the initial trespassing cases Tuesday and today.
Another judge involved in the matter, Municipal Court Judge David Stockdale, stated in a letter to his colleagues and municipal prosecutors last month that the city’s charter lacks a section that codifies the breaking of park rules into a misdemeanor criminal violation. Further, he believes the city’s Park Board lacks the legislative authority to make the violations a criminal offense.
This weekend's events kick off Saturday with a rally and march for human rights around Over-the-Rhine and downtown. The rally begins at 1 p.m. at Piatt Park, with the march starting at 2 p.m.
During the rally, the Food Not Bombs organization will be sharing free free vegan and vegetarian meals with the hungry. Food Not Bombs works toward nonviolent social change through “the celebration and nurturing of life” by distributing free food.
The Recharge Weekend event will be held from 3 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday, and again from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Off the Avenue Studios in Northside. It's located at 1546 Knowlton St., near Jacob Hoffner Park.
“We’ll be recharging ourselves and rebooting our occupation, sorting through the biggest obstacles to being a cohesive and effective organization,” event organizers said. “As we speak, we are developing an agenda and entertainment and allowing ourselves to share some time together, just like we did before we were so rudely interrupted from our encampment.”
On Sunday a general assembly meeting will be held at 3 p.m. to try to reach consensus on a number of proposals being mulled by the group, including details of a winter occupation protest.
“We are reaching out to any and all interested folks for this powerful assembly, but we especially reach out to the many Occupiers that became disillusioned when our encampment was taken from us and those whose enthusiasm was squashed due to organizational and communication issues,” organizers said.