'Occupy' Movement Gathers Momentum Across NC

Across North Carolina, groups inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement are hoping to gain momentum at demonstrations and other public events.

Large demonstrations are planned this weekend in Charlotte and Raleigh, where hundreds of people turned out last week to register their discontent with political stagnation and economic difficulties.

As many as 30 people have been camping out in Charlotte, home of Bank of America and the site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. They expect to be joined by hundreds more this weekend.

In Raleigh, organizers say that after a demonstration at the old state Capitol on Saturday, they plan to keep a permanent presence downtown, although they've been denied a permit.

Other meetings have taken place in Asheville, Wilmington, Winston-Salem and on college campuses.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2011 at 07:52 PM
    From what I've been seeing, most of these people look like they need to "occupy" a wash cloth and a bar of soap. Enough said.
  • by George Location: NC on Oct 21, 2011 at 10:37 AM
    I have read through all of these comments and you all have it wrong! It is not the fault of Obama or the Dems or Republicans. Wise up it is OUR fault. We sat on our asses and didn't vote because our favorite TV program was on. WE let the big money elect the people who we think represent us. Big corporations due what they do regarding our government because the guy that is supposed to be representing us is getting paid to work for them. The only way that we can get our country back, no nod to Al Sharpie, is to get educated about the issues and vote with the promise that if the person we voted for screws up he will not get another chance. They want us divided so they can keep doing what they have been for decades. Lets unite and vote them all out.
  • by Gladd Location: NC on Oct 19, 2011 at 02:48 PM
    Lazy good for nothing Welfare bums Get a Job you Obama supporters
  • by Perfect Picture on Oct 16, 2011 at 10:50 AM
    The fist in the picture looks like it's holding a "Shake Weight"
  • by Anonymous on Oct 16, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    How many Tea Party marchers have been arrested and how many occupiers have been arrested so far?
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      by Rich on Oct 16, 2011 at 03:05 PM in reply to
      Very good point, Anon. Yet the media makes the Tea Party out to be villains even though they simply want less government and less taxes. The Occupy Wall Street group wants to punish the successful and take away their motivation to create jobs and make our economy grow. To top it off they don't know how to behave because a majority of them are spoiled and entitlement -minded. Of course they won't heed authority and abide by the rules.
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        by To Rich on Oct 16, 2011 at 06:23 PM in reply to Rich
        Less government, my foot! They want less government restrictions for the wealthy and guns, but they want MORE in the lives of women and gays! Their aims are so one-sided as to be rediculous!
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          by Rich on Oct 17, 2011 at 01:05 AM in reply to To Rich
          Opinions vary, but one thing is for certain. They know how to act and how to police their own at their protests, which are always legal and operating with the proper permits I might add.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Oct 16, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    Let me help you Fox and Fools people out with your post. Immelt, Solyndra, ACORN, Holder. Fast and Furious, Kenyan, Socialist, Communist, Rev. Wright.etc. No matter what Fox says and how hard they try to use their propaganda to keep people down, it won't work. This is a world wide movement now and if it keeps up we'll be able to remove the corporate stooges from office and get some reps in there to serve the people.
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      by Let Me Help You on Oct 16, 2011 at 10:44 AM in reply to Barlow
      Stooges ousted. Stooges pull up stakes (take their money) and move elsewhere (Austrailia?), economy collapses, USA turns into a semi-Socialist third world-type country. Health care quality drops drasticly, insurance is a joke, average American income reduced to 1/3 of 2011 figures, people starve, riots in the streets daily, murder rate triples, lawlessness leads to military takeover of major cities..... Good Luck with that!
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        by Ya think? on Oct 16, 2011 at 12:05 PM in reply to Let Me Help You
        I guess according to you then, how on earth did the US ever manage to survive before the banks stopped being regulated, before corporations got bailed out rather than their corrupt execs prosecuted, before we were involved in 3 (going on 4) wars at the same time? Corruption's always been a part of government and corporate greed, but our generation has made it a way of life. Now here's a thought, what would happen if the Tea Party supporters and 99% supporters were to find a common ground and join forces. Wouldn't that shake things up. But you can be sure the media and government will do everything possible to keep that from happening. As long as we hate each other and remain focused on hating each other rather than holding them accountable, nothing good will happen.
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        by Barlow on Oct 16, 2011 at 12:38 PM in reply to Let Me Help You
        Stooges aren't ousted. Stooges stay here and run the country. economy collapses(like just recently). USA turns into a fascist state. Health care for the rich, insurance for the rich, average American income is minimum wage (if they get their way) people starve, riots in the streets daily, murder rate triples. lawlessness leads to terrific increase in the prison industrial complex with prisons everywhere... Good Luck with that!
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          by Rich on Oct 16, 2011 at 03:09 PM in reply to Barlow
          Speaking of stooges, thank Barney Frank and his buddies, the likes of Maxine Waters, for that collapse. Barney Frank was supposed to be overseeing the operations of Fannie and Freddie and was saying all along they knew Fannie and Freddie were on the path to collapse. If you objectively look at what caused the meltdown you know this was a major catalyst. Federal regulations that make banks issue loans to people with poor credit don't help either and then the snow ball effect followed with all sorts of shady things by people all over the place, Republicans included.
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          by Yes... on Oct 16, 2011 at 06:10 PM in reply to Barlow
          That's happening now. I'm talking about the future.
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      by me on Oct 20, 2011 at 09:47 AM in reply to Barlow
      And who would be your examples of reps to serve the people? Surely non of the folks in Congress today. They are all there for power and money. The only things that matters to them is being re-elected. Do you really think any of them care about me the average hard working American?
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Oct 16, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    For those who support this mass protesting, I'll just leave you with one thought; why doesn't the president/Obama make a national statement addressing it? Where is he while this is going on? I think it would be his responsibility to speak to the American people about his plan to solve the complaints. So, while you think about that, I'll watch to see if any of this mass disruption will make anything better, cause any jobs to suddenly appear, or FIX the economy for the working people. If it does happen, I'll have more faith in the act of protesting.
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      by To O.L. I. on Oct 17, 2011 at 07:11 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      I'll leave you with one thought. Why didn't you watch the memorial yesterday? Obama DID speak to the portestors! You get mad when he calls a press conference just to speak out, but you don't bother to keep up with what he says at other platforms!
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        by Formerly O.L.I. on Oct 19, 2011 at 10:40 AM in reply to To O.L. I.
        Using that memorial bit to address a serious national matter is just lame. He needs to address this current upheaval issue, separately. However, your right; no one listens to his scripted speeches anymore because he has failed, miserably, at turning the country's economic plight around; probably the reason he won't do the 'three channel' speech over this.
  • by History Student Location: NC on Oct 15, 2011 at 09:13 PM
    How much does Obama and his government tax your pay check every week? - What makes you poor? - Taxes! Not Wall St. You fools . If you want to protest , protest taxes. Heck the Fed taxes every gallon of gas you buy.
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      by W hat ? on Oct 16, 2011 at 06:44 AM in reply to History Student
      Did you flunk history? There is no way you could have passed any course. Taxes on our pay checks did not start with Obama. I have been paying taxes all my life. Greed on Wall Street is the subject. Have you noticed the CEOs salaries?,Bonuses? and they are the ones who caused the economic collapse. No one went to Jail or was held accountable.
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        by Not That Simple on Oct 16, 2011 at 10:49 AM in reply to W hat ?
        The CEOs are not the only ones that "got away" with unlawful behavior. But as with many "Book Cookers", the truth won't be known until it's too late to do anything about it.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:18 AM in reply to W hat ?
        Thanks for acknowledging the typical Obama supporters, CEOs, Banks and Wall street....
  • by Gary Location: NC on Oct 15, 2011 at 08:04 PM
    Go protest Obama's CEO GE friend. Obama’s favorite CEO gets GE out from paying any US taxes. General Electric , GE) chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt is one President Barack Obama’s key allies from Corporate America. What a coincidence! I’m sure that GE’s ability to generate $14.2 billion in profits, $5.1 billion in the US, and end up getting back $3.2 billion from taxpayers has nothing at all to do with its political connections and favorable tax breaks and loopholes it has pushed through Congress. Oh, wait: A review of company filings and Congressional records shows that one of the most striking advantages of General Electric is its ability to lobby for, win and take advantage of tax breaks. Over the last decade, G.E. has spent tens of millions of dollars to push for changes in tax law, from more generous depreciation schedules on jet engines to “green energy” credits for its wind turbines. But the most lucrative of these measures allows G.E. to operate a vast leasing and lending business abroad with profits that face little foreign taxes and no American taxes as long as the money remains overseas. Become a Obama supported and be a company CEO get a you wonit have to pay taxes thanks to Obama
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      by Anonymous on Oct 16, 2011 at 04:18 AM in reply to Gary
      Gary another reason I like Cains 999 plan. NO LOOPHOLES. Heard some liberal news caster yesterday saying that 999 may be ok if we reduce the numbers for the poor, increase the numbers for the rich.... I thought, yep there we go already trying to add complexity to a simple one line tax policy. That's why we have the 21,000 page tax policy we have today ! 999, no if's and's or but's
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        by To anonymous on Oct 16, 2011 at 06:25 PM in reply to
        NO LOOPHOLES? Excuse me? Millionaires collect huge percentage of their income from capital gains! Guess what is NOT included in the 9%? That's right, CAPITAL GAINS are tax free! Look at his own return! Look at Buffet's return-which he made public! Over 1/3 of thier income would be totally tax free!
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          by Anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 at 07:27 PM in reply to To anonymous
          The money they invest in stock is from profits that HAVE ALREADY BEEN TAXED ! When in America can we have something without oweing more taxes on it ?? Most states charge taxes on your homes forever, you NEVER OWN THEM ! There should be a point in life that you don't owe taxes anymore for stuff you worked and paid for. Again, investments in teh stock market usually come from profits made in business or by a person. This income has ALREADY BEEN TAXED once. Whey can't we make a profit using our profits without being taxed to death. Most middle class people have 401k and IRA, this no tax on capital gains could benefit millions of averagae Americans
  • by Benny Location: NC on Oct 15, 2011 at 07:56 PM
    Obama’s Bank Bailout was Bush’s Plan Resurrected NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators protesting corporate greed filled Times Square on Saturday night, mixing with gawkers, Broadway showgoers, tourists and police to create a chaotic scene in the midst of Manhattan. "Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!" protesters chanted from within police barricades. Police, some in riot gear and mounted on horses, tried to push them out of the square and onto the sidewalks in an attempt to funnel the crowds away. Blame Obama!
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