5-18-12: Occupying the G-8
Today, in Frederick County, leaders from around the world are gathering for the G-8 summit. The gathering was originally planned to be held in Chicago, but in March, the Obama administration announced it was being moved to Camp David. The White House said it was looking for a more informal setting to meet. There’s also been speculation that they wanted to cut down on the number of protestors.
The members of Occupy Frederick and Occupy Baltimore are taking the lead in organizing those protests. Today, at the public library in Frederick, a kind of alternate G-8 is being held: the Occupy G-8 People’s Summit. There are also protests planned in Thurmont, a small town close to Camp David.
Sheilah speaks with Tom Dodge, a member of Occupy Frederick, and Patti Borda a reporter for the Frederick News-Post, who’s now at the protests in Thurmont, near Camp David. You can check out all of the FNP’s coverage of the G-8 here.
She also talks about what this bodes for the future of the Occupy movement with Kevin Zeese, one of the organizers of G8 Peoples’ Summit in Frederick. He’s also the co-director of the website ItsOurEconomy.us and a member of the Occupy Washington DC movement. Also joining them is Beth Emmerling, a member of Occupy Baltimore, and one of the organizers of Thurmont protests.
There’s a great Flickr photo stream of images from Frederick and Thurmont that you can check out here.