ABC 12 issued a report on Occupy Flint yesterday in which Adam Gerics discusses the Flint encampment:
But that’s not the only challenge facing occupiers. Gerics says he left the encampment a few days ago. “It’s changed because it’s become, parties until 5, 6 o’clock in the morning, there’s some illicit chemicals going on too.”
Gerics feels the group has strayed from it’s original purpose of bringing attention to social and economic inequalities. Sage has a much different take.
“There’s divisions that take place, and some of it’s ideological, some it’s ego, some it’s greed. You know in our case it’s just a bunch of dirty hippies that we’ve been consistently trying to defend against that image,” said Gerics.
Occupy Flint members have taken to social media to respond:
From the ABC12 interactive page:
Adam Gerics was asked to leave the occupy camp for a few days to clear his head after a series of altercations. He refused, threatened the camp with powers he did not have and displayed the ability for physical violence. He is not a part of Occupy Flint and no longer speaks for said group. It is sad that he decided to use the news as a tool for vengeance and slander the occupation like this. (Amanda Kat Shaw)
Adam Gerics is the cause of most, if not all of the problems at Occupy Flint. He is not a founding member. He couldn’t even answer when asked why he was there. According to him he was getting paid to be there as a property manager, which later we found out was not true at all. He was finally asked to leave after becoming physically violent towards other occupiers. The movement is now stronger and more unified without his presence. (Joe Saiko)
From the Facebook Occupy Flint group:
The ABC 12 news broadcast this morning was very incorrect and edited and we have been attempting to contact them for correction. THERE IS NO ILLEGAL OR UNLAWFUL ACTIVITY GOING ON AT OCCUPY FLINT CAMP. As a point of information, Adam Gerics is not a representitive of Occupy Flint as of last week when he was asked to leave based on multiple complaints and concers about him specifically. He still holds the title to a mans RV hostage as well as taking malicious action to counter the Occupy Flint Movement and individuals in the movement. His intentions are against those of the movement and based on ego, power and lies which were all demonstrated in the past months at Occupy Flint Camp. Please know that the intentions and actions of Occupy Flint are to build a stronger base of awareness and education about the many social and financial issues in our world, country and city while making direct actions to bring participation to General Assembly where direct democratic decision making is held within the community. Their Is No Illegal or Unlawful activity Going On at Occupy Flint. (Jerin Sage)
http://www.abc12.com/story/16301974/occupy-flint-could-be-asked-to-take-down-shelter This is what happens when someone gets drunk with power then leaves the mass consciousness of a true unified respectful “think for yourself” kinda movement then goes to the media with a good story that can feed off of the same drama he does. To make this clear if anyone see’s the person in this video known as Adam Gerrix (not sure as to whether i spelled his last name correctly) speak out at any point starting from about a week ago know that he DOES NOT represent the Occupy movement in any shape or form and that the reason he went to the news is because he is very angry that he was asked to leave the camp (temporarily at first then if his problems persisted it would be for longer) due to many issues that were malevolent in intent. … (Joe Kotts)
we are going to put out a formal press release tonight declaring Gerics a disgruntled former occupier, expelled for violence and theft, so that all media sources will be aware of his intent to twist the truth. They should receive this by Tues. morning. (David Allard)
Members of Occupy Flint have been trying to contact ABC12 to correct the story. So far they have not been successful.
Occupy Flint on the web — http://www.occupyflint.org/