Two groups are planning to rally this weekend in Tacoma over two key issues.
A group following the national “Occupy Wall Street” movement have announced they will march from McKinley Elementary School to downtown Tacoma on Fri., Nov. 4 beginning at 4 p.m. According to the announcement posted on the group’s Facebook page, participants will meet at McKinley Elementary School, near McKinley Avenue and East 38th Street, to protest the school’s closure. The group will then march along McKinley Avenue, East D Street, Puyallup Avenue, and Pacific Avenue, stopping at U.S. Bank near South 23rd Street and Pacific Avenue to express support for “Bank Transfer Day.” The group will then conclude its march at Pugnetti Park near South 21st Street and Pacific Avenue. For more information, visit http://occupytacoma.org .
Meanwhile, a group is expected to gather on the sidewalk outside the Elks property, located near South 23rd Street and Union Avenue, on Sun., Nov. 6 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. to protest a plan to build a Walmart store on the site. According to organizers, the rally is scheduled to occur during the Elks’ weekly brunch. “We want to let the Elks know they shouldn’t be selling their property to Walmart and need to consider the community they live in,” wrote ‘Tacoma United Against Walmart’ organizers on their Facebook page. “Bring signs and be ready to make your presence heard.” For more information, visit http://tacomaunitedagainstwalmart.com or http://www.facebook.com/nowalmartintacoma .
NOTE: An earlier version of this article noted the anti-Walmart rally will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. According to the organizers, “The time is really 10 to noon. Facebook keeps doing crazy things.”