The "occupy your city" movement is coming to Alameda on Tuesday, with a rally scheduled for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at . That coincides with a city council meeting starting at 7 p.m. (A closed council session begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Katherine (Kat) Culberg, an Alameda mother of two, said the City Hall location was chosen because it is a safe, convenient public place and isn't meant to indicate that city government is a target of the rally.
"We'd like families to be able to come, and this is a very safe space," said Culberg, who described herself as "not a political organizer, just a person who got the ball rolling" in Alameda.
"This will be a very peaceful, positive, nonviolent gathering to come together and share ideas about if or how to proceed in Alameda," she said.
"It's a very grassroots effort. Whatever people decide, it has to be a collective community effort."
The Occupy Alameda Facebook page urges local residents to "Bring MANY signs, people and enthusiasm! Come exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone."
The Facebook page describes the event as "Inspired by Occupy Wall Street — a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%."