Why We Occupy

This editorial originally appeared in the NTDaily on Oct. 18.

By Garrett Graham

It’s certainly a very exciting time to be alive. Revolutions and near-revolutions are rolling across the globe at unprecedented speed. I am, of course, talking about the Occupy Wall Street movement that started in New York City and has quickly spread across North America, South America, Europe and around the world. Today is the second day of Occupy Denton on the corner of Fry and Hickory. Read the rest of this entry »


Occupy Denton in the News

We have made quite a splash in the media. Our still-very-young occupation on the corner of Fry and Hickory has already appeared on local television, radio, newspapers, and even free-lance independent-media. Way to go everyone! This will bring a lot more people into our movement. Take a look at some of the coverage we’ve been getting and spread the word! Read the rest of this entry »

What Do We Want?

This occupation movement has brought together people with many different concerns and perspectives. As an exercise, Occupy Denton brainstormed possible answers to the question “What do we want?” At one of our general assemblies we collected people’s answers to this question and put them on display for others to add to. No answers were rejected. Some answers repeat themselves and some contradict each other. This is a collage of possibilities and alternatives, not a list of demands. They have been organized by category. Read the rest of this entry »

First Night of Occupy Denton

Setting up camp on Saturday morning. (Photo by Justin Bright)

By Garrett Graham

Occupy Denton began on Saturday, October 15, with tents and tables erected at the corner of Fry and Hickory on UNT property. For their first action, the occupiers collected trash around the area and recycled what they could. After a general assembly the group decided to march to the Wells Fargo bank on ‘the square’ in solidarity with the national day of action against banks called for by the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Some went inside to cancel their Wells Fargo bank accounts in protest while others demonstrated outside. After twenty minutes, a police officer approached the group and informed them that there is a city ordinance that you cannot stand within fifty feet of an ATM unless you are using it. The protesters left without incident and went on to the Denton Farmer’s Market to pass out flyers and inform people about the occupation. Read the rest of this entry »

Planning Occupy Denton

This article originally appeared at grassroots-gazette.org.

Third general assembly of Occupy Denton. (Photo by Garrett Graham)

By Garrett Graham

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, approximately 20 Denton residents gathered at the corner of Fry and Hickory to discuss the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movement and the various solidarity occupations that are sweeping the nation including Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Portland, Austin and Dallas. They are planning their own Occupy Denton movement and there are dozens more taking place all over America.

The gathering included both students and non-students, employed and unemployed, and participants from other occupations such as Dallas, Austin, Washington DC, and Wall Street. The movement has produced a document called the Declaration of Occupation outlining their grievances. Read the rest of this entry »