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Occupy Charlottesville is a protest movement affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Members of the group moved into Charlottesville's Lee Park in mid-October and are asking to be allowed to stay past Thanksgiving, the day their 30-day permit is expected to expire.  The ongoing occupation prompted questions from Jefferson Area Tea Party chair Carole Thorpe regarding whether the city showed favoritism by granting the group a permit.  Their leaders have claimed city government has shown favoritism by allowing the group to stay in the Lee Park overnight. 
- Web. Occupiers face balancing act with some who've joined in, Graham Moomaw, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 5, 2011, retrieved November 7, 2011.
- Web. Jefferson Area Tea Party chair suspicious of Councilor Brown comment, Brendan Fitzgerald, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, October 18, 2011, retrieved November 7, 2011.
- Web. Political favoritism pre-occupies council, Carole Thorpe, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 21, 2011, retrieved November 21, 2011.