Toward Sustainable Habits and Durable Prosperity
On April 7th, 2011, Occupy Atlanta distributed the newly drafted Declaration of Rights for the People of Georgia at the Five Points Marta station while surveying public opinion for a better world. This effort was part of the weekly MARTA Outreach Operation coordinated by Daniel Hanley and Misty Novitch. Also participating in the effort were Adam Wadley, and local artist and long-time community organizer Mandie Turner-Mitchell. They were later joined by fellow “occupiers” A.J., Jojo, and Copper Man. The Five Points station is the intersecting point of the Marta metro lines and outside the station, street vendors and street preachers are crowding the sidewalk.
The Marta Outreach Operation requires a great deal of dedication and courage. While Mandie and Adam carried the effort in solo in the neighborhood of the Five Points station, Misty and Daniel were constantly battling with the police over the space where they were allowed to communicate with the public. In the most professional manner, they would comply to police demand to leave the station’s entrance and as soon as they would reach the sidewalk, they would recite out loud THEIR RIGHTS TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH.