Locals have been occupying Baltimore since October 4, 2011. Baltimore Brew notes that the initial cadre consisted of 36 people. The growing national and international protest finds its Baltimore home in McKeldin Plaza, directly adjacent to the city’s popular tourist venue, Harbor Place. The city’s inner harbor area has been the scene of many free speech kerfuffles in recent history.
Sunday tourists and locals alike wandered through or drove past the plaza on a sunny afternoon. While occupiers arose, cleaned up, and strategized the rhythm of drums and the strains of folk music added a festive air to the encampment. The serious business of the day will take shape as the sun goes down. The daily “General Assembly” starts at 8:00 PM.