Occupy OKC protesters undeterred by weather

As cooler weather, high winds and the possibility of rain moves into the Oklahoma City area, Occupy OKC protesters are keeping up their passion — and protecting electronics and themselves from the elements.
BY VALLERY BROWN vbrown@opubco.com Published: November 3, 2011

As cooler weather, high winds and the possibility of rain moves into the Oklahoma City area, Occupy OKC protesters are keeping up their passion — and protecting electronics and themselves from the elements.

More than a dozen tents and a large community area covered by tied-down tarps speckle Kerr Park at Robert S. Kerr and N Broadway avenues.

“Basically everyone is putting up tarps and getting ready for the weather,” Mark Faulk said. Faulk, 55, sends out news releases for the Oklahoma City group and is referred to as a “moderator.” He said near freezing temperatures and rain won't deter things.

“We are trying to do this for millions and millions of people,” Faulk said.

Admitting protesters' messages are sometimes different, if not off-mark, he said most agree on one, unifying premise.

“We want to return our government to a representative form of government,” he said. “You're not represented by a check to a big corporation.”

A tile and marble worker by trade, Faulk began blogging about corporate tax loopholes and financial fraud about a decade ago. Now he provides commentary on documentaries and television and has written a book. The native Oklahoman said when he heard of the Occupy Wall Street protests, he couldn't help but sign on.

Internal cooperation

So far, only one protester has been arrested, Oklahoma City Police Department spokesman Sgt. Gary Knight said. A friend of the man found dead in the park Monday was brought in for questioning and was there arrested on complaints of possessing marijuana and morphine pills.

Occupy OKC released the identity of the dead man, and his family said they would not object. His name is Louis Cameron Rodriguez, age 18. His mother and sister live in Clarksville, Tenn. Authorities have not released his cause of death.

Early Wednesday 10 protesters were arrested in Tulsa for violating curfew at the park where nearly 50 had camped out. So far in Oklahoma City, they've not run into trouble with law enforcement.

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