Occupy Newport organizers report that they are conducting a protest Saturday, the 19th, at Highway 101 and 20 (Coast @ Olive) in Newport between 11am and 1pm. Organizers say they have signs for people who don’t bring their own. In a call for a single payer medical care system, a number of protesters plan to walk from 101 @ 20 down to Pacific Communities Hospital at Noon, and then walk back to 101 @ 20. Protesters will contend that it’s time to take Wall Street out of the nation’s health care industry. They claim 45,000 Americans die every year for lack of affordable health insurance, and that “surely we can do better. We’re the greatest country in the world, right?”
The Occupy Newport group says they will be helping to serve people turkey dinners at the American Legion Hall during their annual Thanksgiving dinner. Organizers say such volunteerism demonstrates Occupy Newport’s desire “to reach out to our community, educate them and offer our service to show our true intent to be a caring group; a true compassionate people willing to do whatever it takes to bring about change in America” said organizer Rio Davidson.
The Occupy website also acknowledges the emergence of an “Occupy” demonstration Thursday in Depoe Bay. Participants said that there were hundreds of people honking as they drove past, giving the “thumbs up” at the demonstrators although a small number of driver stuck their finger up with a different message in mind.