Occupy Wilmington protests corporate control downtown
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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.

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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........?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

just look at them ,idiots at their best

how are they idiots?

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

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

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..

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.

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

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)

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

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!

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.

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

THE DSS ?

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

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

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.

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!!

you think business OWES you a job....interesting...

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.

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!

"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.