El Tour de Tucson is a huge community event - happens every year the weekend before Thanksgiving - and it's been like that for over 27 years. This year it's set for Saturday, November 19th.
I've been an El Tour event volunteer, cyclist and strong supporter for over 18 of those years (to the left is just a handful of my medals from the Tour!). No doubt, the Occupy Tucson group has really caught the attention of me as well as probably 15,000 other people right now who are a part of the biggest cycling event in the country.
Why? Because Occupy Tucson has set up camp right in the very spot of the Start/Finish line for the cycling event!
And El Tour isn't the only one affected - the Little Angels of Tucson has their annual walk remembering the lives of children who have died, at this very location this coming Saturday. Both of these events have had the park reserved for months and secured necessary permits well in advance of respective events dates.
In the meantime, violation tickets have been issued, event organizers have gone to the park asking the individuals to step aside, the City has asked these folks to peacefully pack up and leave - but so far - they remain saying their message is more important than a kids event or a bike race.
*Occupying* my mind right now is that El Tour and the little kids of Tucson will succeed. It has nothing to do with being for or against the Occupy cause. The message that needs to get across is that what will occupy the park this weekend and on the 19th will be the kids and cyclists who are giving back to this community!