Rev. Jesse Jackson to visit Occupy Cincinnati again Wednesday

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Rev. Jesse Jackson will visit Occupy Cincinnati protestors again Wednesday after speaking to the group Tuesday night.

Rev. Jackson made a stop at Piatt Park in downtown Cincinnati to show his support for members of Occupy Cincinnati.

Fifteen protestors were arrested after Jackson's speech. About 200 people came to Piatt Park to hear Rev. Jackson speak. At about 10 p.m., police asked the protestors to leave the park, and just after 11 p.m., 15 protestors were arrested and charged with criminal trespassing.

Rev. Jackson is expected to visit protestors at noon on Wednesday.

Rev. Jackson's visit came just hours after members of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City were ordered out of the site. A state judge ruled against protestors being camped out in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan. Police in riot gear raided the camp before dawn on Tuesday. They evicted hundreds of demonstrators and demolished their city of tents. Nearly 200 people were arrested, and now, the judge will uphold the city's move to rid the park of tents and sleeping bags.

Protestors here in Cincinnati were outraged.

Members have packed Piatt Park for many reasons, but they all share one common goal: Rev. Jesse Jackson said they're all fighting for civil rights.

"We honor Dr. King's legacy," said Rev. Jackson. "We honor the legacy of peace and justice."

Josh Spring is an Occupy member and the executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless.

He said Rev. Jackson called him on Tuesday morning to ask if it would be okay to speak with members. Spring agreed. He said it was an easy decision, especially in light of where things currently stand.

Spring said he told Rev. Jackson about the actions of Hamilton County Commissioners in siding with segregationist attitudes and was told that Reverend Jackson was coming because of all of these issues we are facing.

For the first two weeks of the movement here in the Tri-State, those who stayed in the park after hours were issued citations. Then, they were arrested, but recently, members have packed up and left at closing time. That all changed on Tuesday night when a group of members stayed in the park past 10 p.m.

"This will not be over until every person has everything they need to live," said Spring.

The movement reached Cincinnati in early October. Since then, police have kept an eye on the Occupiers.

"The city of Cincinnati spent $128,000 oppressing citizens," said Spring. "It's a crime. Our city stole from citizens and then used that money to oppress us."

On the other side, others such as downtown resident Ryan Rowley, said they still don't understand the message or the method of the group.

"I'm at work 12-hours a day so I don't really have time to pay attention to what's going on Occupy Wall Street or Occupy Cincinnati," said Rowley. "I don't even know why they're out here. "

"They criticized the bus boycott because it created inconvenience, but it was the right thing to do," said Rev. Jackson. "They criticized the march in Birmingham. They criticized Mandela who stayed in jail 27 years, but somehow disciplined focused non-violent acts of courage make all of us better. "

Students were also asked to get involved. Spring said nearly two dozen U.C. students walked out of class on Tuesday. He said it's part of a nationwide move to show support for the movement.

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