Campus activists kick off Occupy USF
Published: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Updated: Thursday, November 10, 2011 01:11
Ponder stood up.
"The thing is, though, we had an excellent leader like Cesar, and we are still in the situation we are in," he said. "We had someone with this much passion and energy, but no general can do anything without an army."
Ponder said he and SDS were building that army. Smith reassured the protesters they "have been heard."
"I don't know that we are going to come up with any quick, easy solutions as a result of this conversation," Smith said. "You've definitely been heard. There has been a lot of food for thought. The one that stuck with me the most is that there's got to be more than an A and a B (solution)."
After the meeting, which was supervised by two University Police officers, some students marched back to the free-speech zone outside of Cooper Hall to take part in the Occupy USF movement, which focused more on the goals of the national movements.
About 20 protesters, a cardboard box and a dog sat on blankets, organizing the movement they hoped would gain momentum in time for the Republican primary debate being held on campus in January.
The protesters have no specific end date.