Occupy Wilmington protests corporate control downtown


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Submitted: Sat, 10/15/2011 - 8:22pm
Updated: Mon, 10/17/2011 - 10:56pm By:

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Occupy Wilmington made its presence known in Downtown Wilmington Saturday afternoon with a protest at the Bank of America building on Third Street. Over 200 people gathered to show their support for the global movement. Participants waved signs, chanted, and answered questions from people in the community.

Members of Occupy Wilmington say they chose to protest Saturday because it marks the tenth anniversary of the United States involvement in Afghanistan. They say other Occupy groups across the country also protested Saturday, although the actual anniversary of the beginning of the war was October 7.

They say it does not make a difference that the bank was closed. Members agree they are not protesting the people who work at local branches but the symbol of corporate involvement in our community.

“It doesn’t really matter if the bank is opened or closed,” said Occupy Wilmington member Sean Murphy. “We are 24/7 against the corporate control over our country. We’re not fighting against the branch employees. We’re fighting against the financial system itself.”

Murphy says he thinks the protest was a huge success and the group is planning on protesting more in the future. He says he knows that many people are confused about the group’s purpose and that events like the protest help spread the word. Murphy says he just wants people to be aware of what is going on in the community and take a stand if they disagree with choices that are being made by a select number of people.

“I think we’re not mad at corporations, or a lot of people aren’t mad at Capitalism,” Murphy said. “We’re mostly mad that we don’t have representation in politics and that these huge banks have destroyed our economy.”

Murphy says the group holds general assembly meetings daily at Greenfield Lake Park to brainstorm and organize. He says anyone who is interested in learning more is welcome to attend. The group also has a Facebook page that keeps the group informed on upcoming events and ideas.

79 Comments

  • Trevolution says:

    The 999 plan will be a political band-aid just like the Mccain-Feingold Act to reform campaigning, but in a different context entirely. WE don’t need a new president, or congress, or tax plan. We need a reworking of our entire governmental system putting the power back into the hands of the people, through DIRECT not REPRESENTATIVE democracy. Only then will we fix the problems we face. WE have the technology, and some puppet named Obama, Bush, or Cain won’t bring salvation on a white horse. Only lies and pain for the people. Once we get a direct democracy in the hands of the people can we start thinking about things such as tax plans. No more band-aids, cash injections, or medicine for our failing, big bureaucratic, redtape-infested and corrupt government. It’s time for euthanasia.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    the protests outside the B of A building certainly had impact.

    Bank of America reports $6.2 Billion in corporate profits for the third quarter of 2011.

    There may be other corporate entities seeking similar protest events.

  • Guest238 says:

    Maybe you scared them last week with your tough talk about blocking the way to yout bank. BTW, you never told me which bank that was.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …you totally want a rewrite of the Constitution to allow direct democracy?

    Good luck. It will never happen. It can’t happen. You cannot run a country of over 300 million people via direct democracy. You’re living in a fantasy world.

    You also don’t understand the REASON our founding fathers set things up the way they did. Our Constitution protects individual rights and liberties. Direct democracy crushes individual rights in a land where majority rules.

    ..and you wonder why so many of us are stocking up on ammo and keeping the rifles well oiled?

  • Trevolution says:

    Civil Rights movement
    Liberation of India
    Woman’s Suffrage

    Just three examples of when peaceful protest worked. Want more?

  • Trevolution says:

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.- Gandhi

  • SurfCityTom says:

    the Cain 999 plan at all?

    Capital gains are gone; good for some of us.

    The poor schmo who makes less than $20,000 would see an approximate annual tax bill increase by 950%. That’s large.

    The sales tax hits those who spend their money buying essentials — sounds like the working stiff gets smacked hard on this one.

    Better watch what you wish for; you might get it.

    If this passed, guys like Warren Buffet would dance in the streets. No capital gains to worry about on real estate or stock sales.

    Sounds like a good plan for some. Where do I get in line?

  • Guest7969 says:

    but coveting is? Seems I read about that somewhere…

  • mGuest says:

    Join the military? Why? So I can give up all of my Constitutional rights and fight the wars of the ruling rich? The wars that do not improve our freedoms, but have actually greatly limited them… No, thank you.
    But, of course, too many people who join the military don’t even know what the Constitution says: Sure– they can tell you they have the “right to bear arms,” but when it comes to defending the People’s right to freedom of speech… no, thank you, “I’m not a hippie.” Such lack of reasoning from anyone who spits that bs. The people who are brazing the brutality of those who swore to defend them are not doing so because of redistribution of wealth or free tuition; they are being pepper-sprayed and beaten and dragged along the streets because they want their voices heard– it doesn’t matter if one of them wants to do away with the capitalist system and the other doesn’t. A demonstration is for everyone, and all voices to listened to. No one should take seriously an anti-semitic moron who decided to infiltrate the movement; however (and apparently) some people do, so a man who recognized his stupidity promptly took up a sign with the word “a**hole” written on it and stood next to him. Everyone’s voice is represented.
    Nowadays, the only way to have political influence, without resorting to bold methods, is to have deep pockets; this legal form of bribery is called “lobbying.” Disclaimer: Lobbying is not the same as petitioning. Petitioning can be done by anyone in this country without the need of $$ (without the need of flying out the misrepresentatives to foreign golf courses, etc).
    Why join the military without the knowledge of what you’re willing to DIE for? A flag that is nothing but a symbol? The Constitution? That piece of paper that has been ignored by the “elected” officials? IGNORED– you’d know if you understood what the Founding Fathers intended for this country. If you’re willing to fight and die– fight for your neighbor, not for the minute percentage of the population whose greed runs our financial markets; fight for your family, not for the insufficient oil of other nations; die for your PEOPLE, not for the imperialist agendas of the ruling class.
    Maybe if you actually spent some time reading BOOKS (from educated people; meaning: Not the likes of Glenn Beck*), instead of playing CoD or whatever other distraction you succumb to while waiting hours for the next time a higher-up tells you what to do your eyes would be open to a much darker reality (like, those with more than enough money, who manage to send the entire nation into a recession, will be given even more from our own pockets: bail-outs, remember?).
    Ignorance is bliss.

    PS. How’s your eyesight? 20/20? Not so great? Need eyeglasses? Want eye repair surgery instead? Guess what? It’s available to you through your SOCIALIST form of healthcare — military healthcare. Bask in the glory of the “terrible” socialist healthcare system.

  • DisGuestEd says:

    Are you mad at the welfare or food stamp recipient for taking what is offered? Are you mad at yourself for taking deductions and credits at tax time? Did you cash your checks? Point is, you cannot be mad at the corpoations for taking what was offered BY OUR GOVERNMENT. Be mad at the GOVERNMENT for making these decisions. Do you really think the US would have fallen into another great depression had GM been allowed to fail? Probably not. How about Bank of America? Again, probably not. Someone on Capital Hill had a vested interest in keeping those companies going, and so, the bailout. Protest are AWESOME when they are informed, organized and directed at the appropriate persons. Go to Raleigh or better yet, DC and tell Capital Hill and the White House that YOU DISAGREE WITH THEIR DECISIONS. I would love to go to DC and protest the ridiculous decisions that have been made, and will be made but, I am the 53% and have to go to work on Monday, so the govt can take 17% of my money earned for taxes! Thanks to the 47% who seem to have all the time in the world to protest at a CLOSED BANK ON A SATURDAY! Way to be heard people.

  • mGuest says:

    You have no idea what the term “socialism” means. Looking it up on Dictionary.com does not do justice to an entire political IDEOLOGY. The people who are demanding a socialist government are few and do not represent the masses of the Occupy movement. You are taking a very small percentage of people within a very large demonstration and making it seem like those are the “leaders” of OWS.
    Lastly and most importantly– f*** the American Dream, right? Because that’s what these people, who have a better understanding of the U.S. government than you do, are fighting for; and you’re clearly against them.

    A great majority of the people who support OWS do not have 401Ks, retirement accounts, stocks, money at all; however, that’s not what they are asking for. They aren’t asking for bail outs and hedge funds, they are asking for the opportunity to work hard and be responsible CITIZENS (look up, in extent). The opportunity that has been taken away from them, from US, by those corporations who are constantly asking for less regulation and more tax loopholes. Example, one of many: The coal industry’s production has increased over 140% within the last 30 years, yet they’ve eliminated 40,000 jobs. Clearly, regulations have not come in the way of their profit (especially considering that the regulations that kept our mountains what they are were removed by the Bush administration). And clearly, there’s no corporate responsibility, no corporate accountability. “Too big to fail” corporations can drive our economy to the sewers and our government will give them more money– from YOUR paycheck, and everyone’s below a certain income level. If you’re so afraid of a Socialist system, I can’t understand how you can stand our the current political climate.
    That you do not know why people are protesting is your own fault. Not theirs. You’ve chosen ignorance and given into your cognitive dissonance. Many have spoken and written at great extent as to why they are part of the Occupy movement. All you have to do is control your emotions and “Americanism” in order to be able to listen and try to reason instead of judging without knowledge.

  • myorangehar says:

    As people who are familiar with movement know, Occupy is a work in progress. Trying to label, call names,etc…only will take away your own credibility and ability to discuss ways to better our country. I believe all of us feel like we are in a spectator democracy…we cast ballots but once the election is over, politicians cease to listen to the people they represent. They listen to peers, donations, PACs, employers and most importantly, lobbyists. My belief is that my community and I should have the same voice as a lobbyist for GE, BP, IBM, Goldman Sachs, etc. This is not reality however. This is not a left or right issue. This is the frustration of an entire country that the political voice with the most $$ behind it, gets things done. If BP wants a particular tax break that will save them $1B in 2011, they hire a team of slick K street lobbyists (usually ex-politicians) at $1M/yr and have them HOUND every member of Congress until that bill is up for a vote. Promise jobs and prosperity with that $1B, get the parties behind you, sell, sell, sell until that bill is passed. You just made a HUGE return on investment without accountability to fulfill your promise. Repeat this scenario with every industry in America (energy, food, drugs, healthcare,real estate, etc)… play the political game and you can make/save millions/billions. The only way this reality works is because we have permitted our President/Senate/House/State/County/City to be on sale to the highest bidder.

    This is the problem. And it WILL be changed by the efforts of people who could give a sh%t about left, right, socialism, tea parties, huffpost, foxnews, obamacare, fastandfurious, holder, pelosi, and (insert left or right media play of the week). They are not addicted to the game unlike most of us on this forum. They are out working and connecting with people in our community. These are the sort of people I’ve met at Occupy. I highly suggest checking it out for yourself.

  • Trevolution says:

    WE did. People are right now. Please get more informed before commenting. Thanks.

  • Stevee03 says:

    What the Government has made in Profits from the so called bail out. Please occupy the White House, that is where the problem is. These companies you are directing your anger at employee millions of American Families, have paid back the TARP money plus $9.2 Billion Dollars, the real question is where is the $700 Million in TARP repayments and where is the $9.2 Billion in profit the Government made.

  • Robo says:

    These people are so misinformed it is pathetic. They complain about corporate greed but they are demonstrating greed by “occupying” public areas paid for by taxpayers. Their goal is simply socialism.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    You cretins truly believe that protesting at a CLOSED bank will accomplish anything; anything at all?

    This was the product of your brainstorming? “Let’s pick a day that ISN’T the tenth anniversary of our launching the war in Afghanistan, claim that it is the tenth anniversary, and then go protest at a closed bank.”

    THAT was the best you could come up with?

    Here’s something to think about – maybe the government and corporations can enslave people like you…..because you’re SOOOOOOOOO friggin’ stupid……..?

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    For the Majority of these “occupants”, many have not been out in the world or on their own long enough to know what they are talking about. Ask them why they are there and a kind of vague, dumb look will come over their face. The greedy Corporations? Wow! You better run down and divest yourselves of your 401Ks and retirement accounts. You better sell your stock if You own any. The rich have too much? Wow! Good for them. If You are fortunate to work hard, become educated, take a big chance most of the time, have a dream and the ability to carry through with it, You may become wealthy. Sit on the curb complaining and you become one of the problems in America. You people want a socialist state? Just leave. There are other places on this Planet that will welcome You with open arms….or maybe not. Take that chance.

  • Trevolution says:

    Look at the state of our country. Most of you are content to sit behind your computer screens and judge what you don’t understand. Do you even know the demands of these protesters besides “to stop greedy corporations”? Have you talked to them in the streets? Have you ever even BEEN to one of these protests or rallies as an observer? Have you ever been to one of the recent large scale marches in NYC, DC, LA, Detroit, or Philly? The answer is probably a resounding no. People fear what they don’t understand, and as to be expected fear and ignorance appears on the internet. You don’t like us despite that fact we are defending your constitutional rights? Despite the fact that we are trying to reinstate the power of a document that has only been used as toilet paper by our establishment in recent history? Despite the fact that we offer VIABLE ALTERNATIVES to sliding into another depression? Sure some of us may dress different then you, or smell bad, or carry a megaphone while wearing an American Flag shirt, but the fact we can do all these things is part of the beauty of free speech. Love us, hate us, join us, or be indifferent. Just don’t ever expect to beat us. This is not a localized movement this is global. This is not a revolution; it is an evolution. Of human consciousness, of mind body and soul as well as our political and economic systems. Either sit idly by or spew hateful criticism like the majority of the MSG injected Sheeple, or join the masses and demand changes from a corrupt and terrible governmental system. A system who are our SERVANTS not RULERS, Love us hate us or join us, just don’t ever expect to beat us. The evolution is on. :)

  • My Goodness says:

    If you are a citizen of this country, and if you are patriotic, and if you believe in the Constitution, and if you believe in the freedom of speech, and if you believe in the right to bear arms and to peacefully assemble…then you have to admire these protestors. And if you believe in Jesus…he loved the masses and the great unwashed, now didn’t he? The anger and the venom that is spewed at these lawful protestors is neither American, nor is it Christian.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …feel free to join the military, as I did.

    Meanwhile, as long as you allow your compadres to carry signs reading “Redistribute Wealth” and “Pay My Tuition,” it’s quite obvious that protecting my constitutional rights is the last thing on your mind.

    You can’t be selective in whose rights you defend. You either respect the Constitution or you don’t.

  • taxpayer says:

    your movement too shall pass. You and your ilk espouse the hatred of corporate profits and greedy business owners. Why? Do any of you own your own business? If you don’t and you do have a job, be thankful the business owner is making a profit. Otherwise, they’d have to fire your sorry ass because you’re costing them money.

    Beat you, join you…I think I’ll ignore you.

  • Freyja says:

    I’m glad to see that anyone else is actually paying attention to the details.

  • Non-Stick Surface says:

    Wow… If I were a worthless hippy planning social change through peaceful demonstration (which never works) I would have chosen a weekend that did not place my event in competition with Oysterfest, and Beerfest. Good planning hippies! That’ll stick it to the man!
    Next let’s head to the local capitol of international banking and commerce!!! Burgaw! And protest… something vague and ambiguous… Even better!!! Secession!!! Hippy Succession… I have no idea what that is but we should protest for (or) against it. GO HIPPIES AND TRUSTFUND HIPSTERS!

  • Freedom Of Speech says:

    A wise man once asked, “Who is more foolish? The fool or the fool that follows him?”

  • CM says:

    There are certainly contingents of the OWS and its allies that are questionable to say the least. The ones who could use a shower, who vandalize properties and who smash statues of the Virgin Mary in the streets of Rome. I have nothing but scorn for these people and would be glad to see the fire-hoses turned on them. Now, with that established, I do not think it is helpful to stereotype everyone involved in this movement. I think there are a lot of people of good will in America and abroad who are genuinely frustrated. They worked hard and played by the rules and have gotten in turn screwed over by bankers and corporations who played fast and loose with the economy. So can we be a little more particular and less general here? I would urge the OWS movement to narrow its focus and resist the urge to engage in anti-capitalist diatribes and naive ideas about open borders. I would urge those who are skeptical of OWS to acknowledge that our system is not working, the status quo is not acceptable, and that we should not be afraid of reforming capitalism in the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt and Reagan (Trust-busting, ending monopolies, regulations).

  • Guest999 says:

    The Civil Rights movement was incredibly violent. The civil unrest that caused America’s cities to burn during the sixties and early seventies was part of the civil right movement and lead to urban sprawl as whites poured out of the cities. Medger Evers, MLK, the three civil rights workers in Mississippi, the 101st Airborne had to escort students into newly segregated schools in Little Rock, The Black Panthers and right here in Wilmington, there were deaths during a riot in the early 70s that helped spark the exodus of businesses and law abiding residents out of downtown.

  • Non-Stick Surface says:

    Nice try… Please allow me to retort.

    First of all there is nothing wrong with what you’re saying… It’s just historical evidence does not support it.

    Civil Rights Movement represented a popular movement that had been building over the course of the previous three centuries. By and large it was not peaceful. To start with there was Haiti 1791. The French got butchered. There was this whole civil war part that killed about 650,000 Americans. In our own town there was the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898. Some angry white folks overturned 30 years of reconstruction in one day. That was one of the only successful insurrections of a legally elected local government ever in US history. But ok, so you don’t want to count that because it interferes with your brief understanding of human history… ok, how about the 20th century examples such as the Watts riots of 1965… Not good enough? How about the Detroit Riots of 1967? Ok, how about Compton 1994? All of this came about due to disenfranchisement of a specific group or class. To be sure there were excellent examples of non-violent protests (Sit-ins, freedom rides, etcetera) as well as supportive laws; Brown vs. The Board of Education is but one example. The truth is riots cost “the Man” money and hurt so it gets results.

    Women’s suffrage is not a different thing from the Civil Rights Movement. We just like to separate the two because it’s easier to think about as an independently evolving concept because we are too mentally lazy. Regardless, you are correct; in and of itself, independent of anything else, Women’s suffrage is an excellent example of peaceful resolution to what is obviously a civil injustice.

    India… Dude you have got to be kidding me. Gandhi was just one dude who wouldn’t eat. The economic infeasibility of controlling a sub-continent of divisive tribal people with distinct cultures as well as incompatible religious beliefs was just beyond the ability of the rapidly collapsing British Empire to control. In short… It was cheaper to let India go. If Great Britain had the funds and was not busy fighting Hitler and Tojo do you really believe some skinny anorexic lawyer would have destroyed their East Indian Empire? As for armed rebellions….. I give you The Indian rebellion of 1857 for starters and independence still didn’t come for another 90 years.
    Here are some other dudes the brought change through violence, some won some didn’t but the attempt was the same.

    Hitler
    Mao
    Lenin
    Stalin
    Sam Adams
    Washington
    Lincoln/Davis
    John Brown
    Napoleon
    William Du Normandy
    Simon Bolivar
    Stephen F. Austin
    Santa Anna
    Fidel Castro
    Che Guevara
    Your turn

  • Trevolution says:

    My point was not that violent insurrection was more effective in the short-term than peaceful protest (which is true). My point was that ALL peaceful protests are not ineffective which is what you stated by saying they “never” work.

  • mmmmmmmmmmmm says:

    Ummmmmm…….. Win what?

  • Non-Stick Surface says:

    They dont, but hey whatever man. Anyway my point was only that scheduling your silly protest of… whatever your protesting against beer and seafood is a stupid idea… but hey no one commented on that part… Cus its true.

  • Guest3216846451 says:

    Amen!!

  • myorangehat says:

    If you dig deep into the SimCity plan, guys like Warren Buffet would pay no taxes. Hence, the problem persists with the pizza guy. Getting rid of capital gains (part of his plan) would be a HUGE windfall for the 1%. Not going to work for the betterment of the country.

    Now…the FairTax is another story. I think that has potential to get bipartisan support of that movement plays their card right. Would love to see a FairTax booth at Occupy camps. We need tax reform now, what does it tell you when no side is doing anything about it?? Big money and Platinum corporate citizens control both sides.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    More like disjointed, disorganized, and Schizophrenic.

    Hey, how about the guy in New York screaming about the Jews controlling Wall Street? Is he just another one of the people you embrace? Just another “facet?”

    Don’t consider me indifferent OR cynical. Count me among the resentful and loathing, a dyed-in-the-wool Capitalist who will not stand by and let you or your tool in the White House destroy the very thing that made this country great.

    In America you have the freedom to succeed AND the freedom to fail. Which you accomplish is entirely up to you, so stop blaming others for YOUR failures.

  • Guest28451 says:

    Its very simple if you are dead serious abotu stopping the corruption then you have to campaign for, support and vote for Herman Cain. The root cause of the corruption that you find so wretched and horrible which infests DC is caused indeed by the leechs in K Street in DC. So how do you do that.. You have to destroy the US Tax Code complete implode it and start over.. With either the 9-9-9 plan or the Fairtax because thats the ONLY Way you will EVER root out the corruption and tax breaks and set asides that are handed out in DC. What you cant support a Republican because its all their fault?? You better look closer to the facts.. The Democrats are much more corrupt in parsing out set asides and tax breaks for their buddies then the Republicans but irregardless only Herman Cain has proposed the elixer to fix this ailing country to fix the tax system. Oh I forgot you’d be pissed because youd once again feel the rich arent paying their fair share No their paying the same percent as everybodyelse is (including many who dont pay Now!!!) There would be no Billion dollar freebies for GE and their CEO Geoffery Immelt. EVERYBODY would contribute to the tax base even those who work under the table because they would still have to pay on the sales tax end and pay back into the system (which means illegal foreign residents who are not here with proper legal authorization as well as those running illegal enterprises would be paying). It would also eliminate the need for people to hide funds overseas for the most part.. So as I said OWS or whatever you want to call yourselves. If your so serious to root out the corruption and carve outs for corporations it wont change unless we get a President who wants to overhaul the tax system in this country unless and until that changes the cancer that is K Street Lobbyist movement nothing will change at all

  • myorangehat says:

    watch this movie and report back to us. Are you saying no corporate entities exert control over our our food, energy, health, air, water, etc? And I use “exert control” kindly. It’s more like gambling with our food, energy health, air, water, etc in the name of profit. Wall Street cats are smart and know how to make a buck of you, me, our pensions, our education and our community.

    Anyway, I wouldn’t throw around that term misinformed so casually. Control and influence should be in the hands of the people of this country.

  • Trevolution says:

    The whole point of this is to bring political discussion to the streets and get people involved, opposed to being disenfranchised to the system. Everyone used to complain how my generation was “lazy”, now they complain were “socialists” when were politically active. We all have differing opinions and we are not one unified voice against corporatism or capitalism. Some of us protesters love the very things other members of our group hate. That is the beauty of it: we are not centered on one issue, we are multifaceted, possess multiple different opinions and belief, and this makes our movement unlike other movements with a singular objective (ie end the war in Vietnam, million man march etc). This is exactly why you should join us. You have differing opinions, some of you support capitalism, some of you support the wars, some of us don’t. Bring your voice to the street, don’t hide it behind a screen and be indifferent to the change occurring in the World right now. We as a species are on the threshold of something big. Might as well participate and try, opposed to being indifferent and cynical.

  • Trevolution says:

    Our country back from the corporatist oligarchy we call a democracy.

  • Trevolution says:

    WE haven’t even been given a chance to fail. Obama/Bush (insert puppet here) and our Congress have been failing. The globalist leviathan has failed.

  • the 99percent says:

    The group also has a great website; http://www.OccupyWilmingtonNC.org

    Be sure to visit to keep up with this groups activities!

  • Guest4396 says:

    I don’t know what they are all about, but at least some Americans are tired of taking what big business and big government dish out and are will in to let it be known besides whining and crying. I say more power to them.

  • happydays says:

    You have got to be kidding me! These folks are a joke and I wish they would go get jobs! I think it is funny and really cheap entertainment to see the losers protesting. Here is a quick word of advice. TAKE A SHOWER, SHAVE (THAT INCLUDES THE THINGS THEY CALL FEMALES) AND QUIT YELLING! We have all heard you and the louder you are the more ignorant you sound! One last thing, try and clear up your criminal history, and drug addictions. You are a joke to 99% of America. The America that really works for a living. Nobody would care if you guys would vanish! Freeloaders!

  • Z says:

    WHERE DO THESE PEOPLE COME FROM? ARE ALL OF THEM LOCAL? OR SOME OUT OF TOWN? WHY DO WE HAVE TO PUT IN THE LETTERS? CAN’T READ HALF OF THEM

  • 28472 says:

    NO SENSE, WHAT YOU SAID – TRY AGAIN

  • Julie says:

    Yes we are all local and just tired of being sold out.

  • SouthEastNC says:

    (caps lock)

  • BankerILM says:

    YOU ARE ALL FREAKING HYPOCRITS!

    The computers you blog from, and the smart phones you tweet with were all created and sold by the very same Fortune 500 companies you claim to hate. Your point about hating the uber-wealthy corporation is lost when it finishes with a small “Sent from my iPhone” sign off.

    The streets that you march down, the bridges that you occupy, and the public parks that you have now destroyed are all paid for in part by the 1% you protest.

    You argue against corporations as though they were machines, forgetting that it is nothing more than a group of individuals acting collectively. There are about 100 million Americans, part of the 99%, that work for corporations, and I doubt that you argue for the removal of each of their individual rights. Do you want to be able to sue Exxon-Mobil or Bank of America? What about Phillip Morris Tobacco for giving your cancer? Or even McDonald’s for making coffee too hot? Their existence as corporations allows you to do this.

    We bailed out the banks because that is what we had to do. The last time major financial institutions were allowed to fail was called the Great Depression, and it took sweeping government intervention and a world war to get the country back on its feet.

    Did you know that 60% of the 99% did not vote in 2010? What does that say about the supporters of occupations? You can demand a list of grievances, but when it comes time to vote for or against an issue, you can’t use your power as a citizen?

    CHRIS-1 YOU-0 … QUIT LIFE YOU WASTE OF TIME POS

  • ChrisW says:

    Nobody is saying we need to do away with corporations or capitalism. This is about corporations behaving irresponsibly. This is about the financial sector behaving irresponsibly. This is about the fact that the government (local, state and federal) is working in concert with the corporate and financial world, in their best interests, by passing ordinances, laws and legislation that will insure that they will not be held accountable for irresponsible behavior. It’s naive to think that our “voice” at the ballot box is heard at this point. That’s what these protests are really about.

  • Guest7969 says:

    PLEASE don’t represent me! You are a very small percentage of whom you claim to represent. THAT should tell you something!

    I am willing to bet that you drive. Car and have a mortgage, as well as, use a credit card. HYPOCRITE!!! GO AWAY FLEA!!

    AGAIN STOP saying you represent ME!

  • Trevolution says:

    “These people” are citizens of America. Perhaps if you expand your mind a little bit then you will understand we are representing YOUR interests. We are the 99%. Wake up.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    You damn sure don’t represent me. I am the 1% that works for a living. I am the 1% that believes that if I racked up a bill, I pay for said bill. I don’t need the government to bail me out. If you don’t like the way a company is doing buisness, then take your buisness else where. Keep your hands out of my pocket. If you want to redistribute the wealth start with your hope and change. I am keeping mine. 99% my a@@!!!!!

  • Captain Jack says:

    Protest DC corruption instead of corporations. It is the likes of Dodd and Frank that have created huge mega banks and corporations. Peace-nicks would do well to learn how much Congress has to do with what they protest. It is your government that is at fault here. We need less government, fewer taxes, and less government regulations! These protests want more government regs to fix their ideals. That will never happen. It will make matters worse.

  • Guest7969 says:

    YOU are trying to do is Marxism…so YES…YOUR AN IDIOT!…if you cared about your country you would be behind what this country is and how it was built…a REPUBLIC…and..CAPITALISM..

  • Guest559 says:

    Guys i just left wall street to help repair and cleanup the damage these peaceful protesters did to my sisters deli. The peaceful protesters over powered my brother in law when he went to open the door for a longtime customer. He was an 82yr old jewish man the protesters kicked and spit on. The peaceful protesters then ransacked the deli taking $9500.00 in meats and cheeses and then stole supplies and breads totaling $21255 cash and equipment. The police are powerless to do anything. Suppliers can’t get to the deli and are refusing to resupply any bussiness near there. Because of the barricades and looting that is taking place. I was what you would consider a liberal till I saw what is really going on there. We have had that deli for 48yrs. If this isn’t brought to an end by bloomberg we and several other folks are out of business. sorry but that is whats going on

  • Guest7969 says:

    YOU part of the 50% of individuals that pay NO taxes and don’t care about our country?

  • Guest28451 says:

    My father was the sole earner in our family and my father served as a career military officer. Some months as my mother pointed out we’d be down to $10 for he last 10 days of the month and holding on. So NO I wasnt born with a silver spoon in my mouth but Ill be damned if Im going to sit by and these left wing hippy bastards are gonna crap on my country and what it stands for. First off if you cant find a job its your own damn fault for spending 4 yrs in a liberal arts program somehow thinking 16th century art appreciation would get you a job doing more then flipping burgers. You want a job adapt there are jobs out there to be had if you bother to actually study a field that requires using more then 2 brain cells (understanding you have likely fried many smoking pot late at night). Sadly the majority of the protesters are more like the 1% then they want to admit. They are trustfunder babies from appologist NE liberals who act all aghast at the poor but yet look down their noses at them most of the time because they just KNOW better then we do. Do the rest of us a favor if you like the thought of communism and marxist redistribution Im sure they will welcome you wiht open arms in N.Korea, China and yes even Russia (their political system is a bloody joke, Putin the ex KGB and communist puppet master still runs that country as he has since Yeltsin died)

  • Guest7969 says:

    you think business OWES you a job….interesting…

  • Guest28451 says:

    BTW the Federal Government makes much more off oil and gas in this country then the “big evil oil companies” just in case you forgot!!

  • Autumn says:

    I support the Occupy Wall Street protesters and I support the local protesters. This movement has grown huge…people all over the world are standing up and letting corporate interests and governments that cater to them know that the people will not allow them to continue to destroy the economy, the government, the environment, and the ability of the average family to live a normal life without fear of losing everything.

  • Guest857 says:

    If they were actually protesting what is wrong with our economy, I’d be behind them 100%. Here’s a list of their demands. These demands would rip this country apart and totally destroy our economy. You think it’s bad now, just wait and see what will happen if these “progressives” get their way.

    Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending “Freetrade” by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.

    Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system.

    Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.

    Demand four: Free college education.

    Demand five: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand

    Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid).

    Demand seven: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America’s nuclear power plants.

    Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.

    Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.

    Demand ten: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.

    Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all.

    Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.

    Demand thirteen: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.

    Just wait and see what your donut will cost you when their employer has to pay $20 an hour to make the darn thing. Just wait and see what your taxes are going to be when you have to pay a living wage to everyone in the global community. I for one am starting to feel a pinch in my back…gosh! I can’t work…help me…SUCKER!

  • Guest2020 says:

    I think all the fruits and nuts should just move to the land of fruits and nuts.

  • bluecollar american says:

    If you ever worked for something in you life and then had it taken away by someone who makes 5 billion dollars a year. You would understand.

  • Occupy Whiteville says:

    Please come help us Occupy Whiteville. We are going to occupy the Columbus County DSS. We are the 99%!

  • robo says:

    No thanks. Maybe you will get arrested for disturbing the peace.

  • william says:

    just look at them ,idiots at their best

  • PHD says:

    I just wish these Diseased ridden Creatures would understand, They will never be taken serious until they quit dressing and looking like homeless bums. The best thing they could do is jump in the Cape Fear River, But do it with weighted belts cause s–t floats! (Forget that idea)! Don’t pollute our river with your filthy hygene practices, And you are too nasty for the crabs and worms to eat.

    Oh well! I guess we are stuck with the dumb filthy creatures, too gross for nature to consume.

    However, you do make good powerpoint photos for productive citizens to show others about what drug abuse and just being lazy can lead to.

    So Great! Parasites can serve a purpose!

  • working class rep says:

    You are the 1% of people that was born to a wealthy family and don’t care about our country

  • Guesticles says:

    Just look at them, idiots at their best.*

    It’s okay, I fixed your improper use of grammar as well as punctuation. Try not to be too embarrassed, after calling others idiots.

  • Matthew F. Pike says:

    Really, anyone who actually cares enough about their country to try and make positive changes in it must be an idiot.

  • Guest and a half says:

    how are they idiots?

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    I would love to attend but I actually work for a living. I have bills to pay, bills that I brought upon myself and intend to pay myself.

  • Matthew F. Pike says:

    Gee, angry hate filled guy. I’ve was there and I’ve had a the same job for 16 years. I’ve actually never been without one since I was 14. as to “criminal history” huh? Do you know something we don’t? Actually,I think you might need some kind of a drug to deal with your anger problem though. Try valium.

  • Guest99% says:

    Most of the people at the protest have jobs, and higher education. You’re making a lot of assumptions about people you’ve never met, nor spoken to. You should work on that.

  • Louise Horne says:

    Why so angry? Why so quick to stick labels on a bunch of people you don’t know? I’m one of the group. I’m employed, have worked all my life. I have no substance abuse, criminal record or cleanliness issues. And unlike you, I’m not afraid to put my name on my opinions. I’m in the group because we have reached a tipping point with corporations influencing our lawmakers more than the citizens do. With regard to this particular event: Bank of America looted the taxpayers about 7 different ways for multibillions each time, then when forced to cut its excessive debit card swipe fees and face a profit reduction of “up to $2 billion” per year, their first impulse is to pillage their basic account holders to make up the difference. They got money from us when they claimed to be in trouble, and they are taking money from us when we are in trouble. They are one of the US taxpayers’ worst “investments.”

  • Wilmington says:

    I make 135,000 a year before taxes, have started two business, and have provided for myself since I was 16 years old. I’ve never been arrested and believe in the rule of law. I stand with these people and those around the country that want us and our grandchildren to have a fair chance. Capitalism has allowed me to flourish and is a great part of our country that I’ve never heard them speak against.

    Do you support our politicians’ votes being bought by huge companies that don’t have your interests in mind? Remember a few years ago when these huge banks made bad bets and used our tax money to get bailed out?

    These banks are foreclosing on our brave men and woman in the military while they’re over there dying for our country! At the same time they’re raising fees on us so they can buy votes in the government so they can pay less in taxes and cut jobs to move them overseas.

    Nobody is asking for a handout. We’re asking for the government to stop being bought out and for the banks to stop destroying our economy.

  • Working for a Living says:

    Don’t listen to these whiners. It is the same liberal/socialist play book.

    Work hard everyone, the American Dream is alive & well.

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    illegals and do something about them, now that is a real cause to take up.

  • Guesttoday says:

    Really work hard that’s all it takes. I have worked since I was sixteen, sometimes two jobs. I put myself thru college bought a house been at the same job for over twenty years. My house is now worth less than when I bought it, I’m still paying my college loans, I’ve been making less money than 5 years ago. I don’t want any welfare or handouts but going backwards financially isn’t exactly my dream either. These banks played folly with our American dream of home ownership. Many of the corporations are shipping jobs overseas. The government has given all the bailouts to banks and tax cuts to the corporations. Those at the very bottom and top of the food chain are being helped but middle americans are becoming poorer. Its a mathematical fact! Our economy is consumer driven mostly by the 2/3 middle class who has taken the brunt of this economic fallout. I would think some of you guys could offer more than labeling and name calling to a group that at least is getting off their butts and taking a stand. They are not all hippies and liberals!

  • MVoice says:

    What is sad is that the media tends sot use clips of kids with dreads instead of taking ANY shots of the other 75 people there dressed in polos, or casual plaids or prints, looking like normal people in America. There were quite a few there (I saw). Its sad that an image can set the tone for this coverage.

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