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.