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Occupy Wilmington issues first news release

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DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- Occupy Wilmington NC was inspired by the actions of Occupy Wall Street to empower American citizens disenfranchised by political and financial systems. The General Assembly of Occupy Wilmington NC, with a current member total of over 1,000 residents in Wilmington and surrounding areas, has voted to file 501c3 and pursue nonprofit status as the first step in a long term program for financial and economic change that must start on a local level.

With a membership including nurses, medical professionals, teachers, software and IT developers, construction workers, veterans, artists, and many others from diverse occupational backgrounds, Occupy Wilmington NC would like to share our vast set of knowledge and skills to empower the people of Wilmington and surrounding areas to take charge of their financial situation and improve the local economy. As Occupy members across the nation fight bravely for financial change and breakdown of socioeconomic barriers, Occupy Wilmington NC continues to think globally and act locally.

In downtown Wilmington, Occupy Wilmington NC members have set up a free community book and toy exchange program, and the group is actively accepting toys, books, clothing, and blankets that will be made available at no cost to community members in need. As a nonprofit organization, Occupy Wilmington NC will conduct no-cost job skills training workshops, facilitate volunteer organization with current local nonprofit organizations, and provide free financial information to Wilmington citizens.

Occupy Wilmington NC promotes positive community action and involvement, as demonstrated by our record of zero arrests and zero crimes during the life of the organization. The group has opened dialogs for cooperation with several local nonprofit groups and businesses, and we are actively seeking organizations that may be interested in cooperative programs to increase opportunities for our members to use their individual talents to empower local residents.

Occupy Wilmington NC will continue to raise awareness through active community demonstration with an increased emphasis on organization of community empowerment projects, such as job skills training, community workshops, and cooperation with other nonprofit groups. We hope to have the support of the community. We encourage community members act locally getting involved in these events, donating time or materials, or hosting events. Community members may contact us through our website at OccupyWilmingtonNC.org

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I'm going to stop going

I'm going to stop going downtown too. The media and unions love these people but I don't want to deal with them either.

Occupy

I was there and had no problem with the sidewalk being blocked. Not only was it not blocked, but the protesters seemed very friendly and respectful to other citizen on-lookers.

Seriously people take down

Seriously people take down your tents and go out and find a job or do something constructive. And lol at people with no jobs offering job skill training. Are you teaching people how to be leaches for a living?

yeah, these people DO have

yeah, these people DO have jobs. that strawman argument is so 2 months ago...

Stop going downtown

To be upfront I disagree with whatever "movement" these people are trying to do. Yes they have a right to their opinion. No they do not have a right to loiter wherever they want. They certainly don't have a right to my family's "excesses" in money, property or anything else. The point I want to make is that yes these people are irrelevant, but more importantly they are annoying.
That being said we went to dinner at Wrightsville Beach tonight. You know what, it was great. Good value, great food, nice people, and no B.S. Why go downtown and be subject to that crap when you and your family can have a great time at the beach. The beach even offers free parking this time of year. I say avoid downtown and go elsewhere.

serious?

Your comment shows the ignorant, inconsiderate mentality. I am a disabled Marine Corps veteran and I'm unable to find a job. So guess what? I dont go out to dinner, I adjust my budget

serious?

Your comment shows the ignorant and inconsiderate mentality you posses. I am a disabled Marine Corps veteran and I'm unable to find a job. I'm not a "hippie" or a "leech" I am a regular American who has had misfortune like some of the members of our movement. Instead of saying go get a job! why not ask how can I help?

Don't say you a fighting for

Don't say you a fighting for my rights, yoo are not. Assemble all you want, but dont pretend that you represent me. (First amendment gives tne right to assemble, not occupy).

Do not block the sidewalk!!

Let this be said. The next time I go through that area and I am forced to walk in the street because the sidewalk is blocked, somebody may get bumped out of the way. There is no need to block the sidewalk. If you want to protest go-ahead, but do not be an a@@ and block the sidewalk.

I understand keeping

I understand keeping walkways clear.We work everyday to keep the area clean and clear and will continue to do so so that people can walk through. if you don't like what we are doing. if it just gets your goat so much that your attitude changes for the worse ,than cross the street and don't look. this is about peace and trying make a positive change in our country. I don't advocate violence but buddy,if I'M on that sidewalk and you are so small-minded and arrogant to think YOU need more than your share of the sidewalk and you bump me, you are definitely NOT going to make it to your destination. otherwise, if you see something out of place or something bothers you, and you want to address it, feel free to pull any one over and voice your opinion. this is about change. We cant grow as a nation , if we're not able to grow ourselves.

Re: Don't block the sidewalk

It's a sad day when others are fighting for your rights while you go to work and hide your head in the sand. With all that is going on in the world your biggest problem is a blocked sidewalk? Selfish @@s

Re: Re: Don't block the sidewalk!

You are not fighting for MY rights! If you are, then fight to keep MY sidewalk clear! You a**holes force others into traffic and called them selfish?!! Wow! You people are even more stupid than I originally gave credit! Pack your crap and go away!!!!!!!!! NO ONE CARES WHAT YOU FOOLS HAVE TO SAY!!!!!

PLEASE

Stop saying your fighting for me! You do not represent me, nor do I wish for you to represent me. According to what I have read and seen you stand for what I hate...socialism. You also only stand for .009% and that is only if you count Wilmington residents! You guys have absolutely no idea how capitalism works...if you would like I can lay out why you can NEVER hurt corporations....that is as long as we are capitalists...

Please Help!

Capitalism is great and I support our way of life but I don't support
large businesses not paying their fair share of taxes. I pay 35% of my gross wages to taxes and there is not one business in Wilmington or anywhere else that pays that much in taxes. I have worked in the small business sector over the entire US and in big business as well and everyone is trying to figure out how not to pay taxes. Quit being selfish and help make the United States better. Unless you feel that we are moving in the right direction...

You are fighting for NO ONE'S rights

You are simply fighting for the right to "take it from those who earned it." You lack the intestinal fortitude to be thieves, so you want the government to do the dirty work for you and be your muscle.

It's not going to happen.

So with your thinking

If people are fighting for my rights and they cause an injury or death due to being forced into a busy street we should thank them. you are full of S@#$

Sidewalk because

They are on the sidewalk because they were told that they were not allowed to occupy the grounds. If you are so upset, maybe you should tell the city to allow the people protesting to use the grounds as using the grounds pose no public safety issues.

blocking sidewalk

Suggestion: If indeed you are peaceful, why not politely move to one side of the sidewalk when someone that is not part of your group is trying to get by? Not too much to ask , is it? You might just gain some support for you effort if you did that. People generally move to opposite sides of the sidewalk when walking anyway as a courtesy. Just a thought.

Maybe you should "walk" on

Maybe you should "walk" on the sidewalk, instead of milling around like mindless sheep.

Right?

So you are saying that the commenter above should just move because you want to make a point? No way. You definitley have a first amendment right to free speech, but you also cannot impede on our freedoms or the freedom of another. If you are forcing her into the street, taking into part the construction, I think you are dangering the pedestrians safety.

Maybe you all are the ones creating the hazard, not the pedestrian.

Gender?

How do you know the person commenting is a female? It could just be a male that had a bad day.