Deadline Passes, Occupy Pittsburgh Stays Put

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – In addition to battling frigid temperatures, Occupy Pittsburgh protesters are fending off a fight to evict them from their downtown location.

The stage is set for a court battle as Occupy Pittsburgh continues to defy an order to abandon its campsite on BNY Mellon property in downtown Pittsburgh.

“We’re going to winterize this camp because we are here to stay, evict Mellon,” Mel Packer said.

Occupy Pittsburgh members are more determined than ever to hold their ground.

After ignoring BNY Mellon’s order to leave Mellon Green at noon yesterday, they went a step farther and renamed the park.

“On Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, the general assembly of Occupy Pittsburgh renamed the site of their encampment to the People’s Park,” Jeff Cech said.

BNY Mellon first allowed Occupy Pittsburgh to set up camp back in October, but with the return of colder weather, the corporation is raising concerns about hypothermia and the dangers caused by propane heaters and gas generators in tents.

Cech said cold weather is not an issue.

“We’re insulating the tents, we’re making sure people are prepared, we’re reorganizing the tents so that snow removal on the sidewalk won’t interfere with that,” Cech said.

Occupy Pittsburgh is now getting support from local union leaders.

“SEIU supports the occupy movement. We’ll be here today, we’ll be here tomorrow, we’ll be here every day until the 99 percent get the fairness and justice they deserve,” Neil Bisno from SEIU said.

BNY Mellon has already stated it will seek injunctive relief claiming unlawful trespass. It remains to be seen what will happen if a judge orders the camp to disband.

The camp winterization continues as Occupy Pittsburgh prepares to be here for the long haul.

How long that is going to be depends on what happens after BNY Mellon attorneys take their trespassing case to court.

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  • tocchet


  • LOL @ KDKA

    What a lie, the unions are finally starting to offer support, they are the ones that hired them in the first place.

    • Really?!

      Ah yeah right

  • Useful Idiot

    The Peoples Republic of Pittsburgh
    Dum De-Dum is our Supreme Leader
    Can’t wait till its 20 below!

  • moonpie

    ahhh more tax payers money being wasted on idiots!! and stoner looking crack heads!!

    • xjamesx

      What tax money? I have a feeling you are the idiot.

  • BruceUSA

    When can we occupy Thomas J. Duttine’s pants?

  • Jim Rowdy Roddey Piper

    If people are truly being paid to protest it’s clear the gap between the haves and the have-nots is bigger than I thought.

  • Chip Douglas

    There’s a baby being born over by the scaffolding!!!!

  • Joemama

    All that Occupy Pittsburgh has accomplished is ruining a pretty park.

  • taylor

    these people are psychotic…..

    • gman

      Of course you`re referring to most of these childish posts here.

  • Dangram

    What a bunch of nitwits!! How do you get “evicted” from something you NEVER owned!!! That is BNY Mellon private property and they were permitted to stay there longer than they should have been due to the largesse of BNY Mellon. Now they want them and their filth, stink and yes,,,even rodents which I have personally seen….to get out. So….GET OUT!

    • xjamesx

      HA HA! I do believe you are the nitwit. Eviction is the removal of a tenant from rental property by the landlord. Mellon said they could stay there originally. Sooo no owner gets evicted unless you evict yourself. Why do you love corrupt banks so much?

      • Jim

        Mellon owns the property. They said that they could stay there…now they’re saying they can not. It’s that simple. The bums need to leave the property that they don’t own and aren’t renting. This has nothing to do with loving banks. It’s a matter of the owner of property not wanting people on it.

      • Dangram

        I don’t LOVE corrupt banks but I have watched these people every day since they started “camping” and they have done ABSOLUTELY nothing. At 7am when I am trudging in to work….all is quiet at the campsite….and it pretty much remains quiet all day. There is no one giving out information as to their “cause” or even their plans. The chairs for those who are supposedly the spokesmen are habitually empty. I lost my job….late in life, I might add but I went back to school and found another job. It was for a lot less money but I kept on working…and I never thought anyone OWED me anything! There was a “help wanted” sign on a business directly across from the camp….no takers. I guess it was beneath them to start at the bottom.

      • xjamesx

        And I suppose you do realize now that the eviction process almost always involves the courts. It is not easy to evict someone. If you ever rented a property to a bad tenant you will quickly learn that. Also, they have a website i found @ It explains what they have done and are doing. Most of them claim to have jobs, but who knows. They seem to be fighting against corruption as opposed to getting free stuff. I can’t for the life of me see what’s wrong with that.

  • Duke

    I thought this organization prided itself on being peaceful, cooperative and law abiding. When you are served notice to vacate a property which doesn’t belong to you, and you don’t, you are breaking the law. BTW – trespassing on property that doesn’t belong to you is a jail offense up to 2 years.

  • Wayner

    Wayner Sez to Z Occupy BURG folk, Yinz better behave yinzselve’s & dam if it aint gettin cold in that thar refegee camp of yer’s! Wayner suggest’s YE folk of a good idear, to act within Z LAW of Z land, liken it to Martin Luther King, than ye got a great thing! But when YINZ miss-guided fool’s go climbing BNYMellon flagpole’s yinz lose all respect from Z WAYNER !!!
    P.S. Build yinzselves a wooden 50 ft raft, take it up Z Allegheny River & give boatin tour’s then at leastes YINZ can make some ern’ins in yer timely layover in my BURG!
    Sincerely WAYNER!

    • Mark F.

      Wow – how long did it take you to actually write your message in the manner that you did?

  • occupy my sac

    These occupy people make the econimy worse,all the protesters around the country not working and not paying taxes,they are looking for a handout and instead of blaming people for your failures and getting trying to give people free things that have not been earned is why our contry is in so much disaray.Welfare and all the extras that are free are abused by so many and were inrtended to be a temporary crutch ,and when u are on welfare and have another child while on any kind of gov subsiteraries you should be terminated asap.

  • occupy my sas

    part 2 sorry about the spelling and grammer i did not have my spell ckeck on,,,,,also i am poor but do not want asistanse,,,,,,,

  • Carl

    These people are unfreakin believable. I wish they’d stop claiming to represent the “99%,” I sure as heck don’t want these degenerates representing me.

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