Curfew Crackdown Aids Occupy Nashville Recruiting

The ACLU is headed to federal court Monday afternoon trying to stop a curfew put in place for Legislative Plaza meant to disband anti-Wall Street protesters. State troopers have stopped enforcing the nighttime restrictions anyway, but their crackdown late last week has been an inadvertent recruiting tool for Occupy Nashville.

Retiree Tana McDonald joined the Occupy Nashville protests over the weekend.

Retiree Tana McDonald joined the Occupy Nashville protests over the weekend.

Sympathizers like retiree Tana McDonald who turned out over the weekend say they could no longer sit on the sidelines and watch.

“I’m 60 years old. I used to come to this state when it was Jim Crow and when I had to drink from a colored fountain, so I know what can come out of protests.”

McDonald says she hopes more African Americans will join the Occupy Wall Street movement, especially if they’re one of the nearly 17 percent who are unemployed.

While they’re not joining the protest, Democratic state lawmakers have begun voicing opposition to a curfew meant to disband the group. So have a few Republicans. Sen. Stacey Campfield says “while I am no fan of the flea baggers Occupy Nashville protest, I do not think they should banned from protesting at the capitol.”

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