It's been one year since the Occupy movement took root in the Tampa Bay area. Occupy Tampa members gathered in Lykes Gaslight Park on Monday afternoon to celebrate.
Occupiers say they've proved successful at serving as the public's microphone, concerning a range of issues. Still, Occupy Tampa's numbers are substantially smaller than one year ago. The droves of protesters that once flooded downtown Tampa are now dwindling. Protesters say that's because they're extending their message beyond the Bay area.
"We had a lot of our activists that went to the DNC after the RNC. Then, they went to Wall Street for the September 17th rally. We've had a lot of people out traveling, so if it's been quiet around here in recent weeks, it's because people are out doing other things around the nation," Occupy Tampa member John Thomas said Monday.
Over the past year, the group has shuffled from the sidewalks of Curtis Hixon Park, to planting at Joe Redner's property at Voice of Freedom Park.
Now, Occupy Tampa's home base doesn't have an address. They're meeting up through social media.
"We do a lot of meeting online. Every day, I know for myself, Occupy is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week thing for me. Not just here locally, but around the globe," Thomas said.
Occupy Tampa is currently planning an anti-homelessness event in Clearwater later this month.
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