ATLANTA, GA -- October 18, 2011 -
Occupy Atlanta protesters can stay in Woodruff Park for at least three more weeks. Mayor Kasim Reed extended his executive order, originally scheduled to expire Monday, through Nov. 7.
Tim Franzen with Occupy Atlanta says he would rather see the city deal with unemployment and homeless issues than worry about protesters camping in a city park.
"I hope that Mayor Kasim Reed and those in city council that have been talking about how to get rid of us can start really addressing the reasons why we're out here instead of addressing us being here," said Franzen
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says it's important the city of Atlanta respect non-violent protesters. "We have to be very thoughtful in Atlanta about a global image of our city arresting a massive amounts of people...I'm weighing how they respond to reasonable requests so that government can continue to function and citizens can continue to function," said Mayor Reed.
Now even local churches have joined the occupation. Civil Rights pioneer Joe Beasley spoke at a ministry set up right in the middle of Woodruff Park, adding he'll be on the front line when police begin evicting the protesters.
"November the seventh, when we're dragged out of the park, I want to be one of the first ones dragged out to go to jail and so we're going to stand with Occupy Atlanta," said Beasley.