A city planner, a retired judge and a World War II veteran are among those who will participate in Occupy Charleston, the 99-hour protest at Brittlebank Park.
Christopher Inglese, an associate planner in the city of Charleston zoning division, said his 86-year-old father, Sal Inglese, a Navy veteran, will be at the demonstration that the younger Inglese is helping to organize.
It happens from noon Wednesday to 3 p.m. Sunday.
"It's going to be an incredible event. It's going to be amazing. Nothing like this that I know of has ever happened in Charleston," Christopher Inglese said.
The event schedule includes Charleston County Council member and retired Circuit Judge Vic Rawl leading a seminar on significant books about the problems of global economic transition.
Attorney William Hamilton, who is providing legal advice for Occupy Charleston, invited Rawl to be a speaker and facilitator for a "Shock Doctrine Seminar" at 11 a.m. Thursday at the park.
"I read a pretty good bit so I thought I would talk about some different economic theories and how they impact on the economy we are going through now," Rawl said.
The seminar is about books such as "Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein, according to an email from Hamilton. It also will be a book swap, he said.
Occupy Charleston is a local version of the Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread across the country. No one at this point is predicting how many people might turn out for the 99 hours of camping, music, cooking, free speech, educational events and smaller-size marches to area banks.
The point of the gathering is explained in a list of demands at the Occupy Charleston website. They include:
Occupy Charleston has obtained a city permit for its Brittlebank Park event and is now asking for permits to allow six small fires there. It needs donations of solar-powered landscape lights, tiki torches, food, firewood and a generator. Overnight camping will be allowed, Inglese said.
"I'm a patriot. I love this country. I feel strongly we can do a lot better if we stop all the partisan bickering and work together as Americans," he said.
About 150 people turned out Saturday for an Occupy Charleston march with signs, drums, singing and chanting. The group was applauded at the Farmer's Market at Marion Square, Inglese said. Blacks and whites, college students and teachers were among the crowd, he said.
Occupy Charleston at some point will join forces with Occupy Columbia at the Capitol, he said.
Reach Prentiss Findlay at 937-5711.
If you go
What: Occupy CharlestonWhen: Noon Wednesday to 3 p.m. SundayWhere: Brittlebank ParkWeb: www.occupycharleston.org
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