The organizers of Occupy Newport have sent out an e-mail and Facebook blast to alert residents that there is another Occupy Newport demonstration coming up Saturday, October 15th at Coast Highway and Highway 20, in front of JC Market. It will run from noon to 3pm. Bring your own signs or signs can be made to order for you.
Yet another demonstration is scheduled for next Wednesday, the 19th, starting with a street march from Nye Beach to Coast Highway at Olive and where the demonstration will continue. Participants are asked to gather at the Nye Beach Arch just before 4pm. Refreshments will be served to fortify the walkers for the journey up the hill to Coast Highway. After the marchers arrive at Coast Highway and Olive, the demonstration will continue through 6pm. All residents, or just interested persons, are invited to either watch or take part. Supporters say everyone is invited to share in a movement that seeks to change the political and economic course the country is currently on which they contend is killing the American Dream.
The Occupy movement originated with a group of protesters who marched and conducted a sit-in recently on Wall Street, protesting Wall Street’s role in the decline of the American economy and against government policies that Occupy supporters claim enrich the country’s super wealthy at the expense of a rapidly declining middle class. The movement has spread coast to coast, including to Hawaii. It’s been fueled largely by like-minded people who communicate via e-mail and Facebook, much like protests orchestrated in a number of Middle Eastern nations, which some have dubbed “The Arab Spring.” The Occupy movement has garnered both praise as well as ridicule from national political figures and major news organizations.
Many news organizations around the country are trying to gauge the significance of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, the Los Angeles Times among them. Click here for their take on it.