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Occupy Wilmington takes message on the road


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Occupy Wilmington was back at it again this afternoon, sharing the group's message with drivers at one of the city's busiest intersections.

Protestors took their movement to the corner of S. College Road and Oleander Drive this afternoon. The Wilmington protesters waved signs, played the drums and even used a loud speaker as part of their demonstration.

The movement is part of the wider national group that says it represents the 99 percent of people suffering in the economy. Protestors had specific reasons for being there.

"I'd like them to pass some legislation that would help not only people get jobs, but that would help us to save our homes," protestor Kris Gupton said.

Another protestors, Brian Cox, said, "I would like to see a more equitable distribution of the wealth in this country, but more than that I'd like to see a better future for my daughter."

Protestors say they can achieve their goals by continuing these demonstrations, sharing their message on Facebook and by letting congress know what they want.

Members of Occupy Wilmington say they will hold another protest October 29 at Riverfront Park.

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Demographics of Occupy

I am 58 years old, employed full time, a taxpayer, registered voter, home owner, and responsible citizen. Fed up with our elected representatives protecting the interests of the large corporate donors to the detriment of the majority of the people. I've never participated in a demonstration before "Occupy", but feel compelled to do so now. We the People deserve better representation than we're getting. I believe the majority feels likewise, young, old, employed or not, financially comfortable or not. Thanks.


your old, stupid and most likely a Democrat that unfortunately voted for...wait for it..OBAMA...want to protest someone responsible for this crap...GO PROTEST THE WHITE HOUSE! What you guys FAIL to comprehend here is that you get a vote...WE ALL DO...THAT is what controls the law..corporations follow the law...PERIOD. Want to change the law..VOTE SOMEONE ELSE INTO OFFICE! Again...corporations will ALWAYS make money...they pay no overhead, salary or tax....YOU, the consumer do it all for them...

What you people are for is SOCIALISM...and not the kind we already participate in on the fringes...hard core take that persons money and give it to me SOCIALISM!...and I will DIE FIGHTING AGAINST IT!

Demographics of Occupy

Changing the system back to it's original intent would be good. Somehow electoral laws have evolved enabling election of politicians who favor a very few wealthy corporations and individuals to the detriment of the majority. I don't believe that's what the founding fathers had in mind. Somehow we all got busy and complacent and didn't notice what was happening, but I think we're starting to wake up. I did. Wouldn't it be nice to have a government who worked for the people. The 100%. Thanks.

Occupy Wilmington

To all the intellectual giants who keep telling the members of Occupy Wilmington to "get a job", I can verify that the overwhelming majority of us do indeed have jobs. We also pay taxes. Some of us own homes. If the best you can do is call us "hippies" or "commies" then anyone with half a brain can see which side has the intelligent members and which group has the troglydites. We are not advocating wealth redistirbution we are advocating the reduction of the influence of big money on our goverment. I'm not sure what you find so offensive about that. Of course, your God and leader Rush will not actually tell you that so I understand your confusion since most of you have not had an original thought since he started broadcasting his opiate inspired drivel.


"We are not advocating wealth redistribution"....have you even read the demands of your group?! OBVIOUSLY NOT! You are for REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH...SOCIALISM!

"overwhelming majority of us do indeed have jobs" not from what I see on TV...bunch of spoiled rotten little brats that this country needs to bend over and give a good SPANKING to...just because they need it!

Occupy Wilmington

I don't think you have a clue what this movement is about. How many memebers of it have you spoken with? Oh, I get it, you don't need to speak to people because your giant, intellect already knows what it is about. You say it's about socialism so it must be? My guess is you couldn't even define socialism in an intelligent manner. Please refrain from telling me what I believe in, you don't have a clue.


You people don't even read your own list of demands! Those are almost all socialst! Its painfully evident that you guys have NO clue what your boycotting and why.

As far as what you believe in....if you believe those list of demands your a THIEF and a lazy one at that!

Unlike the tea party this

Unlike the tea party this was a very diverse crowd. Students, vets, retired people and good hard working americans. A smart very educated group.

Sociologists love demographics.

So, here goes!
The demographics do NOT support that the Occupy Wall Streeters are educated beyond High School. (*I was shocked to see this!!!)

The majority are not VETERANS.

The majority are in the 35-34 year age range.

Most are not students.

Of the students, most are part-time students.

However, a very high number are employed and only making between 50-70K, which is good almost anywhere, but Manhattan.

Of course, there are always outliers.

Did you see the 70+ something guy on the corner of Oleander and College yesterday? I think he was one of those radical UNCW professors (thus educated), leftover from 1969...ready to stage a "sit-in", or ...uh... Zzzzz
Take him back to the meth lab.


I meant 25-34 age range.

capitalism OK, not corporatism.

Did you not see the girl who crocheted her own outerwear? She was there, and she also grows some of her food that she can afford the time to tend to, as she works 2 jobs. She also got there late because she didn't get off work until 5. There was also a teacher there, who uses her own resourses to assist her students. We aren't fighing capitalism, we're fighting to get true capitalism back. Once the corporations and banks are held accountable and punished for their unregulated finacial escapades, then we may find some hope and renewed faith in our government. Until then, we will continue to complain, because we still live in a democracy, right? We are still allowed to tell the government when they've done something wrong. We are allowed to QUESTION THE GOVERNMENT when we doubt them, because it is our right as Americans. Or am I wrong here? Should I just follow what everyone else tells me because here in the dark ages we should never question authority even if it's causing my fellow brother and sister and my own mother pain?


NO we do NOT live in a Democracy...we live in a REPUBLIC...HUGE difference. We are governed by LAW...LAWS that the evil corporations follow...want REAL change..get that NUMB SKULL in the Oval Office OUT and put someone else in his place! I agree that loop holes need to be closed...HOWEVER, corporations SHOULD and DO make money...CAPITALISM! They shouldn't and can't be punished for doing so!

It's really unfortunate that

It's really unfortunate that these evil corporations are able to make their own laws. Read up on Monsanto, and how they write their own proposals, get a job at the FDA to pass their own proposal, then go back to Monsanto, all the while not having to worry about the laws. Because they made their own laws. Too many corporations have this revolving door in our government. Keep it out. I'd rather have a voice in what I want from my government instead of having corporations paying their way through with no regulations or pressure coming from where it should. Or is that capitalism? Monopolising the "free" market?


Corporations don't have a vote. YOU do...if politicians aren't doing their jobs FIRE them. You cannot and will NEVER punish corporations with taxes you will only punish yourself as YOU will be paying for the increase cost in doing business....fairly simple!

Freedom of speech is one thing, screaming profanities at childre

You who were at Oleander and South College are rude, selfish, disrespectful ingrates.
What point did it serve, what good was created, and whom did it benefit for the college age female at 6:04pm standing at the corner across from CVS at the edge of the Toys-R-Us parking lot, which I had just left with my three year old daughter and five year old son to stand outside my car window where both of my young children watched in horror and began crying as you screamed “FU#@ THE GOVERNMENT!!”? How did that benefit society? How did that benefit my children?
I have been out of work for month, and have been out in the real world killing myself. Today I finally have enough money to go and spend five dollars on my two young children and feel good for once to see smiles because I had bought something as a treat just you have you screaming vulgarities and ruining their short lived happiness.
Instead of you people going out there and doing something about it or displaying peaceful compassion and standing united, you are acting like a bunch of banjo picking, deliverance walking uneducated huckleberry chuck idiots going around screaming profanities thus proving that you are most likely uneducated and that is probably why you are screaming and cussing on the side of the road with a cardboard sign actually convincing yourself it is ok to yell vulgarities in front of children and scare them half to death.
The actions and attitudes of these so-called protests prove two things….
1)the more angry, defiant, ugly, abusive and vulgar you become… The more it shows the rest of us that your cause has no merit or meaning.
2)The reason you don’t have a J-O-B is because, what business owner in their right mind would hire someone they saw screaming profanities to children, while holding a cardboard sign upside down at an intersection, acting like a complete uneducated fool? Let me give you a hint… NO ONE….
So thanks for ruining my children’s first treat in months by scaring them half to death and you have now officially convince me that the only thing your cause stands for is pure selfish points of self-gain…
And as you continue little girl, to go around and keep scaring children, and continue to make us all believe that there is “no cause” but only social rebels, anarchists and outcasts as you go around screaming “Fu&( the government!” … The rest of us will continue to drive past feeling sorry for you all while thinking to ourselves… F%(@ You….
Your actions tonight, made me feel much better about who I am as a person and what I do for my family… While you all sit out disrupting everyone’s way of live and chanting and screaming.. Those of us who do care about our fellow American’s are out finding work albeit odd jobs, here and there… At least we are trying..
By the way.. Screaming vulgarities in front of children does not help your cause… It only amplifies how stupid what you are doing is… However if this rant to you is unjustified because you are mentally handicapped… please in advance accept my humble apologies an I hope your guardian sees this so they can keep a better watch over you…

Occupy Wilmington

I was at that corner all day. Not one person was nasty or profane. This entire post is a put up job and a lie.

Get a job

From the story: "I would like to see a more equitable distribution of the wealth in this country..."

Then get a job so you can leave an inheritance to your daughter. Why do you think you have a right to what I have earned? What have you done to earn it? Nothing and that is what you shall get from me. If you are in debt from going to college to obtain a degree in a low paying field, then you didn't make a smart move if you desire wealth. Why should somebody pay big bucks for a liberal arts major? But hey, you got to hang out with some friends and bang on a drum. Maybe a music career is in your future.

Come out of the sleep you are in

First of all no one wants your money. and if you feel so pious maybe you need to put that money you are earning under your mattress. Check out how BoA and other big banks have safe guarded there European assets with FDIC. once Europe crashes your money will be no good as your tax dollars will Pay the big banks the losses in Europe and the economy will fail. Wake up and stop telling us we don't have jobs. we all have jobs. and unless you are one of the 400 wealthiest people in the world you are one of us you are the 99%

Huh? Whaddit I miss?

Can you please tell us all about how banks have protected their European investments with FDIC?


YES..your list of demands STATES you want his money! You don't even know what your occupying about! STOP saying we are part of the's more like YOU are .045% of the 99%..which makes you...well..not matter.

But you want more

You have jobs that allow you to be out banging on drums in the middle of the day? Again, if you went into debt to get a degree in liberal arts or some other useless field don't come complaining about not making any money. Also don't worry about how much money I have, where or how I invest what I have or how I spend it. Just know it is mine and you are not welcome to it.

Hey Guesty~

Come on now, you may criticize your own degree, if you have one, but do not knock mine. I PAID for that degree, out of my own pocket, without YOUR help, and YOU can't take it away from me, nor will I allow you to bad mouth my education.

I speak two foreign languages and have accounting, business and world history knowledge that have served me very well. I have traveled the world, due to my LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION, am extremely opened-minded and manage quite well.
I am not an "occupy" anything. I have a good job, based on my liberal arts degree and have learned not to pigeonhole anything.

Except Barry, he's gotta go!

Yes, I do want fries

Again, don't worry about my money, my education or my life. None of it is for you to have. You have no power to stop me from bad mouthing a liberal arts degree, just tell it to me when you bring me my food. Don't want to hear it, don't read my post.
If you want my money, come earn it. Don't ask me to pay you because you can take up space and bang a drum.
I will agree with you on it being time for obama-llama-ding-dong to move along to pasture.

I'd like to see a better

I'd like to see a better future for my daughters. My sixteen-year old has a job and I encourage them both to do well in school so that they can get into a good college. Teaching your daughter to sit on her behind and wait for other people's wealth to be given to her, is only preparing her for a welfare state and not a better future. Y'all need to get rid of your sense of entitlement and get a job and make a living like the rest of us.


"sense of entitlement" and THERE lies the problem. The Socialists were smart people..they infiltrated our schools and put this into the heads of our children...they think they are OWED anything they want...that they don't have to work for comes back to the whole...well...we won't give trophies out to the players that carried the team..EVERYBODY gets trophies so they can feel good...that is the type of crap that got us here and the idiots marching without a CLUE!


I didn't realize my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Brinn, was a Socialist. I thought she was trying to give every child a feeling of self worth. Maybe if you had gotten a trophy you would not have so much hate and disrespect for your fellow man and would not be so obnoxious as to type in capital letters half of the time.


Sounds like a socialist idea to me! Soooo you deserve to be recognized just to make you feel good for doing nothing?? Interesting...BTW I only hate lazy liberals wanting to steal from my family what I EARNED. Also, you guys haven't succeed in stripping my freedoms away so I CAN TYPE IN ALL CAPS if I want...


So you don't hate hard working liberals that steal your money? We haven't stolen your freedoms although Bush II tried with the Patriot Act.

No one in this group is

No one in this group is teaching anyone to sit back and wait for others to bail them out. That would be the banks and the large corporations...the ones who've taken our hard-earned money, misused it and collapsed our economy in the process. All the while using our hard-earned money that we entrusted to them to influence legislation for their own benefit. How can you possibly be opposed to taking our government back from the corporate interests that now control it? How can you possibly support a status quo that has taken our voice and our vote? How dare you say "get a job" when most of us have one, and wish that others did to?


BoA doesn't take my money...last time I deposit equaled my balance...and the banks..PAID THE MONEY BACK ALREADY...unlike our politicians who have raped Social Security funds over the years...YOUR BOYCOTTING THE WRONG PEOPLE..MORON!