Dispatch #1

The formal name is actually Occupy Chapel Hill/ Carrboro, but there is a strong argument that Carrboro has been “occupied” for years.

Regardless, the first General Assembly of Occupy Chapel Hill, started around 2:30 p.m. Sunday after a three hour rally at Peace & Justice Plaza in front of the Franklin Street Post Office.

The plaza is so named because it was site of numerous civil rights and anti-war rallies during the 1960s and 70s and has been a rallying point for movements of all kinds since.

>The assembly of about fifty people was organizational in nature, a straightforward discussion of the concerns and logistics about what to do next. Had they stopped to listen, the lack of strident anti-capitalism speeches might have disappointed the occasional hecklers interspersed through the crowd of UNC and Miami fans spilling out of Kenan Stadium after the football game.

Some fans stopped for a while to take it in, standing in full Carolina blue regalia as the assembly discussed phone trees, supplies and legal issues.

After a long discussion about the possibility of a longer stay, a group of 30 participants opted to camp out and began assembling tents and supplies. Another General Assembly is scheduled for 6 p.m. today (Sunday).

You can tune it at http://occupychapelhill.org/