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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading across the country and making its way to the Cape Fear.

If its purpose is the same here as it is in the Big Apple, then the mission of the event is to end what protestors call the greed and corruption of the wealthiest one percent of the country.

We tried to catch up with an organizer of Occupy Wilmington, but without much luck. As we tried to find out more about this popular movement today, we were shot down in a very strange way.

Based on the Occupy Wilmington NC Facebook page, Jim Natale is one of the movement’s local organizers. We called him and even visited his Hampstead home, but he did not answer.

As the Occupy Together movement continues to sweep across the nation, there is a growing interest in its cause. We simply wanted to talk with Natale or anyone involved in our area about the movement and get more information about an event planned Saturday at Greenfield Lake in Wilmington.

Natale posted on the Occupy Wilmington NC Facebook page that we were outside his home, but that he would not talk. Members of the group posted comments saying he should stay strong.

One comment from a member of the page says: “We can’t allow the media to dominate the message. It’s our message and it’s not tidy, and it’s not in sound bites.”

Protests in other states have turned into sometimes violent clashes with police. Although Wilmington’s movement shows no signs of that, it does not indicate much of anything.

In a Facebook conversation between Natale and WWAY’s Kevin Wuzzardo, Natale said Occupy Wilmington NC is “a leaderless movement,” and that there would be no communication with the media until Saturday’s event.

On a separate page he goes on to say that “main stream media will always portray things into there own light. We the 99% are not disorganized…….”

At this point we still do not know what Occupy Wilmington NC is doing, if it will protest in the city or what its true purpose is.

We have tried to let the group know if anyone wants to talk about the movement, we’d love to hear from them.

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115 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Occupy Wilmington’s media blackout leaves many questions"

2015 years 10 months ago

Because it IS a leaderless movement, it would not be fair for one member to speak for the movement before people had even convened. That’s hardly a media “blackout,” WWAY – it seems you’re already trying to force this into your narrative.

2015 years 10 months ago

I don’t blame him. The media in general, and especially WWAY, seems to want to take a negative and contrary position to whatever is happening. Why would someone want to grant a media interview, only to have their statements twisted and presented in a negative light?

As for the movement, all I have to say to them is stop whining. If you’re broke and homeless, it’s your own fault. The opportunities in the USA are the same for everyone – if you didn’t learn how, or are unwilling to play the game, then you’re not allowed to whine about the success of those who worked hard to get where they are.

2015 years 10 months ago

Quote from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve_System

“According to the Board of Governors, the Federal Reserve is independent within government in that “its decisions do not have to be ratified by the President or anyone else in the executive or legislative branch of government.” However, its authority is derived from the U.S. Congress and is subject to congressional oversight. Additionally, the members of the Board of Governors, including its chairman and vice-chairman, are chosen by the President and confirmed by Congress.”

2015 years 10 months ago

Wow ! That was terrific….thanks. By the way I saw several people decades older than you who, I know, agree completely with you as I do.

2015 years 10 months ago

you know who makes me mad? Those brainy people who study really hard and get straight A’s. I think we should force them to give up one point on every test to each of those less fortunate people in the class who don’t have time to study because they are exercising their right to party and hang out with their friends. Everyone is equal, so we should all get the same grade regardless of how hard they work. That will make life fair!


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