Occupiers Consider De-Camping From Legislative Plaza

As state lawmakers prepare to move forward this week with plans to evict Occupy Nashville from Legislative Plaza, the Tennessean reports that protesters are considering the idea of temporarily shutting down the encampment on their own as a possible next step.
“I think being out here during the winter months is risking people’s health,” said D.J. Hudson, 23, one of the Occupy Nashville protesters arrested during the state’s first ouster attempt in October. “I think we should plan for the spring, keep ourselves rested and return later stronger than when we left.”
Hudson, a student at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, was one of about 30 protesters who attended Occupy Nashville’s “next steps” meeting on Saturday. She said she came up with the idea for the group to strategically withdraw from its Legislative Plaza encampment while discussing the Occupy movement late last year with civil rights activist James Lawson.
The idea was one of four main options discussed at the meeting. Others are staying on state-owned land at Legislative Plaza, the Capitol or another building; relocating to a Metro-owned property; or dropping the government angle altogether in favor of occupying privately owned land, said protester Lindsey Krinks, also a Vanderbilt divinity student.

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