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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread to more than 800 cities across the country and has now made its way into Wilmington. More than 100 citizens went to Occupy Wilmington’s first meeting to voice their concerns and ideas and discuss their goals and role in the Port City.

“It’s not about anything other than people getting together to spread a message,” Occupy Wilmington member Archie Caufield said. “If we do it here, we do it just because the people in Wall Street did it, and it was a good idea, and we thought maybe we could do it here and maybe help change the community just a little bit in a productive, peaceful kind of way.”

Caufield says the group is leaderless and is about individuals of all ages, colors and backgrounds spreading a message of inspiration, enlightenment and change.

Member Joe Santos says that message is economic inequality and putting an end to the greed of the nation’s wealthiest one percent.

“This is simply pointing out that there are a great deal of people in this country that are truly having problems, and we want to present that on a local basis,” Santos said.

Occupy members call themselves the 99 percent; meaning they are not part of the one percent they say stockpiles money and controls our economy and politicians from top to bottom. The group’s first general assembly lasted several hours and was full of many personalities and ideas. Members say Saturday was all about figuring out the what, when, where and how they will make their presence known in Wilmington.

“It’s not unorganized if we stand as individuals for a common movement and a common voice,” Caufield said. “Which is not that we are individuals, not that we have any relation to money or anything other than we just wish for things to be fair and equal.”

Occupy Wilmington is looking for a home base because they say they are a 24/7 operation. The group plans to organize marches around the city, specifically around the corporations they say control our local economy, like big banks and New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

“We are nonviolent,” urged Santos. “We mean no violence to anyone, no one’s property, no one’s person.”

It was proposed that members remove their money from national banks and put it into local banks and for members to move to a doctor who is not affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center if possible.

The group adopted the Occupy Wall Street Statement as the foundation for Occupy Wilmington. Occupy Wilmington members say the movement is not just made up of the unemployed or young college students but people from all walks of life who have grievances against the power that big banks and corporations have.

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87 Comments on "Occupy Wall Street spreads to the streets of Wilmington"

2015 years 10 months ago

I think the fact that people are actually beginning to find some type of voice in smaller communities is wonderful. We may not all agree on the same issues but the fact that people are finally standing up for at least something instead of sitting at home whining about everything and are now actually trying to make a change whatever that may be. Is this not what our country is based upon. I am so sick of watching people sit around on smart phones and staring at their Ipads. I am just thankful that people are once again coming out and joining together for a greater cause, and possibly strengthening their community.

2015 years 10 months ago

I was wrong. You guys are .00049342% of the 99% … DO THE MATH! Which means, you speak for nobody! As far as the harming nobody and no property…ever hear of the news???? Maybe you should watch it!!

2015 years 10 months ago

Reading the majority of comments here just shows how ignorant the majority of southern “USEFULL IDIOTS” there are here. The protest is about corruption, greed, hypocrisy, war’s and a useless goverment. But you ignorant simpleton’s turn on ffox news and rush “pills” limbaugh and listen to their corporate talking heads. Make your min wage, watch car’s go around in circle’s for hours, drive your pick-up truck to your trailer and praise god. The bank’s and corporations KNOW there is no trouble from you people.

2015 years 10 months ago

in the very South that you purport to hate so much. So much so that you have a Southern TV station in your news feeds. You’re too ignorant to realize that the backlash against these protests is pretty virulent nationwide – not just the South. The blue states are bleeding population, jobs and Congressional seats to the South. You losers failed and destroyed an entire swath of the nation. What jobs that China and India haven’t taken from you, the South swiped. And yes, I’ll insult a vet or anyone else I chose to insult. Just because someone once wore a uniform doesn’t make them beyond reproach. It’s a job for which they volunteered.

2015 years 10 months ago

HEY the protestors are from NC too. don’t generalize.


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