Florida Occupiers Holding Country’s First Statewide Occupy Conference

ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – The Occupy movement in Florida is heading to a statewide convention – its own.

More than a dozen Occupations in Florida will gather in Orlando next month for the country’s first statewide convention for Occupiers. The protesters will meet as part of the People’s Convention of Florida, which will take place to help Occupiers discuss and develop a number of “desired changes that will resonate with any ethical person.”

The organizers for the convention, which is scheduled to take place from Dec. 9 to 11, are describing the event as being unaffiliated with any political or special interest groups. Occupy Orlando made the convention a reality by reaching a consensus at its General Assembly on Nov. 5 to start the process of organizing the People’s Convention. To this point, 14 Florida Occupations have either said they are attending or have shown interest in attending, including Occupations in Tampa, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Bradenton.

“Corruption is endemic; politicians have failed us,” a statement read on the convention’s website. “We the People are gathering together as Occupy Florida to decide what changes we wish to see at the state level.”

Additional details surrounding the convention are not available. The convention is the first of two planned events for the group of Florida Occupations. On Jan. 10, 2012, the Florida Occupations plan to march on the state’s capitol in Tallahassee to present their ideas on the first day of the legislative session.

Messages left by CBS Tampa to representatives for the People’s Convention of Florida were not immediately returned.

“Reclaim your voice,” the statement read. “Let’s make the pursuit of happiness possible again.”

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