About one hundred Newport area residents brought signs, made signs and waved signs at traffic passing by at the busy corner of Coast Highway and Highway 20 Wednesday. It was the manifestation of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement that has been sweeping the country with a common theme that there is something fundamentally wrong with America; the rich are getting fabulously rich while the middle class fades. They also point to very scarce jobs in the offing and the ones that are available are at wages far lower than anyone has seen in years. They say couple that with the wages of those still working basically stagnant for the past twenty years and “America has a problem.” They’re also angry at what they say is the banks being bailed out by the federal government while the middle class got sold out after the housing and credit default swap bubble popped loudly in in 2007. Here’s how the “Occupy Newport” rally went.
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Protestors at this hour are holding signs at the corner of Highways 101 and 20, calling for tax reform so that, in their words, America’s most wealthy and corporations go back to paying their fair share, like they used to.” They’re also dissatisfied with the way the Congress is focusing on debt debates rather than on what will erase the debt; people working, paying taxes, coupled with debt reform.
On the flip side, others claim that if the country keeps taxes low and not impede the rich from making more jobs, America will get back on its feet again.
Lincoln County welcomes Cindy Sheehan and her own band of brothers.
Lincoln County will welcome Gold Star Mother Cindy Sheehan to Newport on Monday, August 22, accompanied by Oregon Veterans for Peace and Justice with their Peace and Justice bio-diesel bus. Their Newport visit is part of a “Revolutionary Communities Road Trip,” touring the west coast with stops through Oregon and California to showcase and film community activism at the grassroots community level.
Come for the “Welcoming Community” potluck dinner at 6 p.m., in the downstairs meeting room of Atonement Lutheran Church, 2315 N. Coast Highway in Newport (just north of the PUD building). Presentations by local community peace and justice groups will follow at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The Immigration Information Response Team is hosting the Revolutionary Communities stop here, co-sponsored by Interfaith Community Peace and Justice, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and the Oceana Family Literacy Center. The presentations will also feature films of Peace Villages in Newport and Lincoln City and drumming by Oceana students.
Sheehan, the mother of Casey Sheehan, a Marine killed in the war on Iraq, is a dedicated anti-war advocate who camped out for months during two consecutive years in front of the vacation “ranch” of former President G.W. Bush in Texas, seeking his answer as to what her son had died for. The answer never came. In 2010 Sheehan ran for the US Congress against Nancy Pelosi. Her message for us about Recreating Revolutionary Communities will wrap up the presentations. For more information, visit www.revcoms.wordpress.com or call 541 563 3615.