SEASIDE - An "Occupy Seaside" demonstration will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at the turnaround on Broadway in downtown Seaside.
Local activist Angela Fairless said demonstrators plan a peaceful assembly and a march past local banks on their way to City Hall. There, a short "spiritual ceremony and prayer circle involving people of many faiths" will be conducted.
The Occupy Seaside march is in conjunction with other marches in Portland, New York, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere throughout the country. Marchers say they are demonstrating against U.S. corporations, the lack of jobs and increasing homelessness.
Fairless said she will discuss the problem of homelessness in Seaside at the Seaside City Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Monday, in City Hall.
Individuals and families are living on the streets, in motels, cars, tents and camping in the woods while former apartments turned condominiums stand empty, Fairless said.
"The weather is about to get cold, and we do not have sufficient shelter to offer our townspeople," she said.