Occupy Movement In NC Takes Stock After 2 Months

As their counterparts across the country are rousted from encampments and forced to change tactics, the Occupy movement in North Carolina is taking stock two months after the protests began.

Camps have been moved this week in Asheville and Wilmington, and the protesters in Raleigh are still looking for a spot for a permanent encampment. But the dismantling of the Occupy Wall Street site in New York this week hasn't dampened the spirits of North Carolina demonstrators.

Protesters in Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Raleigh and elsewhere say they're in it for the long haul. But the movement's impact is still unclear.

Omar Ali, a historian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, says protesters have to start thinking about electoral politics if they want to have a significant impact.

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  • by NotPopView on Jan 20, 2012 at 04:27 PM
    Amazing. Complete naivity. Learn what you're talking about with Occupy. The majority are NOT "flea-baggers","thugs", or "thieves. Most have families. Most are college educated. Most WANT to work. As for socialist programs, most people use them daily. A few: police, firefighters, schools, hospitals (public), parks, road maintenance, etc. Don't put yourself on a pedestal because you're comfortable in your own world.
  • by Demosthenes on Nov 20, 2011 at 08:17 AM
    The Occupy movement has shown their true colors time and time again. They want something for free and if they cannot extort it they will take it. Look in Oakland. They are no better than thugs and thieves. I have wanted to support them from the beginning because I too think that the corruption in government is disgusting, but they continue to turn me away with their actions.
  • by ncyankee Location: Wilmington,NC on Nov 20, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    Why are you protesting Wall Street? Protest the man whose responsible Mr. Hope and Change.
  • by m on Nov 20, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    To people who claim they are the 99%'er are in fact not the 99%. You are only a small faction in our society, get your act together, stop whining and organize. In order to change our world, you/we need to get the people out in masses to VOTE, only then will you have a REAL impact on the lives of those who you claim to represent. By pissing the rest of the 99%er's off you will fail.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Nov 20, 2011 at 05:56 AM
    The more the police try to crack down on these protests the larger they grow. I say Fixed News declare the movement "officially dead" as thousands occupied and blocked the Brooklyn Bridge. This is going to continue and grow until we get some justice in this country. It will no more go away than did the Vietnam protests. For those of us old enough to remember, or who have read or seen the history, police tactics got more and more extreme and finally students were shot to death in Kent, Ohio during the Vietnam protests. If that kind of thing happens then this government will join the ranks of the Syrian and former Libyan governments who simply kill those who disagree with it. We have a chance to listen and to make this country a better place for ALL just not the 1%. Lets hope we do it.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 20, 2011 at 04:27 AM
    1 minute ago....have you seen the price of koolaid?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2011 at 12:44 AM
    11 minutes ago (3:08 AM) The "occupy wallstreet " movement is more than a "fad". It continues to grow and gain support across America, and it's going to result in bringing some fundamenta l changes in the banking, investment and loan industires that are sorely needed. Average Americans are finally beginning to realize in increasing numbers that we CAN make a difference and effect positive change! In reality, what's good for the average American is also good for the country!
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      by Greg on Nov 20, 2011 at 04:09 AM in reply to
      Being productive and occupying a job is good for America. Anarchy and socialism is not good for America.
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        by Max on Nov 20, 2011 at 09:02 AM in reply to Greg
        Please tell me what is wrong with socialism? I have lived in Germany(socialist nation), and never saw the poverty that exist in eastern North Carolina. Half the citizens east of Interstate 95 live in substandard shacks and exist off minimum wage jobs. Even for many working people in eastern North Carolina, poverty will always remain their way of life. Don't forget to tell me I should move my residence to Europe. I would, but age is not on my side. However, I will remain here in this region as I watch the way of life under both Democrat and Republican administrations transform our nation into a third world status.
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          by Greg on Nov 20, 2011 at 10:07 AM in reply to Max
          If it is so bad why are you still here.
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        by Truth on Nov 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM in reply to Greg
        Anarchy and Socialism are polar opposites. Please, take a moment to actually learn what socialism actually is and how we already effectively implement many services and programs that would be considered "socialist". These are things you take advantage of every single day and may not even exist if left to the free market.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Nov 20, 2011 at 02:38 PM in reply to Truth
          Who said we needed social security which is failing and medicaid/medicare which is also failing. Do you support failing socialist programs? Social Security...if we didn't have it, companies would have continued retirement programs as a pert but it just gave a way out of it. Go figure on that one, really great idea, failed, in debt and driving us to loans from China....wow, great point you made sparky.
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          by Truth on Nov 20, 2011 at 05:54 PM in reply to Truth
          OSOC- Why do you think those programs are "failing"? They aren't there to turn a profit; only provide assistance and secure the well-being of the poor and elderly. They were funded with a surplus for a long time. Politicians who disliked the programs or had ulterior motives used legislation to take money from the coffers and fund their own stupid money sinks. If I you order a hamburger, but the cook in the kitchen spits on it and removes the toppings for a salad, did your hamburger fail or the cook? What about all the people who would have lost it all in private investments when the market bottomed out but were too old to go back to work? You think Merril Lynch is gonna look out for them? HA! Other countries have tried to rely on solely private investments to support their elderly and guess what? Colossal failure. The US even did this for some time - it's why Social Security and Medicare were invented! Millions of elderly with substandard, dangerous living conditions, unable to feed themselves. Look what private business has done to our health care system. Many Americans pay 1/4 of their salary on insurance premiums alone. I guess we should go back to private pay fire departments and police, too. Good luck with that one.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2011 at 12:40 AM
    10 minutes ago (3:08 AM) Veterans assaulted with truncheons , women dragged through the streets by their hair, grandmothe rs pepper sprayed in the face, peaceful protestors bludgeoned while sitting. Sound like something authoritie s in Egypt, Tunisia or Syria would order and condone? Think again. It's happening here in the US.
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      by Other Anonymous on Nov 20, 2011 at 03:38 AM in reply to
      Stop reading the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Huffington Post so much. It's interfering with your rational thinking.
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        by Demosthenes on Nov 20, 2011 at 08:19 AM in reply to Other Anonymous
        Comparing these thugs to the protestors in Syria is insulting to the protestors in Syria. Syrians are dying for freedom, OWS people are getting arrested and sometimes manhandled (while resisting instruction from legal authority) for the right to not pay their bills which they freely agreed to pay.
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      by m on Nov 20, 2011 at 07:12 AM in reply to
      Does it really, when the rules say you can't stay here and make noise, block traffic. What do you expect, police are going to do their job, some a little more enthusiastic than others.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2011 at 08:15 AM in reply to
      Protesting is good. Camping out in public places, blocking roads, denying people access to their jobs and local businesses, and creating a public health hazard is not. If you want change then get politically active, in the meantime no one wants to look at a bunch of spoiled college kids with nothing better to do.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2011 at 12:36 AM
    4 minutes ago (3:15 AM) Ah the only thing the 1% fear more than an aroused public is an ORGANIZED aroused public. Successful politician s know that to get something accomplish ed they must find agreement on an issue. With 70% supporting the occupiers, a good leader should be able to galvanize that kind of support. No matter what happens to the actual occupiers, the movement has succeeded in giving public voice to our discontent . This discontent must be properly addressed or all Hell will break out in this country. History is full of regimes that failed to listen to the people and then had to pay a terrible price. The most extreme examples are Louis XVI, Tsar Nicolas II and more recently Mubarak in Egypt. Recent efforts by the Republican s to put barriers in front of people they thing will not vote for them is disturbing . Failure to adhere to democratic practices will eventually lead to revolt as Nicolas and his family learned.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2011 at 08:17 AM in reply to
      I can assure you that 70% of the people do not support the occupiers. Quit getting your statistics from the Huffington Post or MoveOn.org.
  • by Common sense on Nov 20, 2011 at 12:33 AM
    10 seconds ago (3:19 AM) “Governmen t is instituted for the common good; for the protection , safety, prosperity , and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone 
have an incontesta ble, unalienabl e, and indefeasib le right to institute 
governmen t; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their 
protectio n, safety, prosperity , and happiness require it”. -- John Adams 1776 OCCUPY AMERICA 2012.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 at 08:26 AM in reply to Common sense
      So you mean the DNC practice of vote buying with bloated social programs that we cannot afford is grounds to remove them from office? Hey, let's get right on that.
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        by NotPopView on Jan 20, 2012 at 04:33 PM in reply to
        If you really want to blame the DNC, you will find a way. Don't forget, the big bailouts were given out in 2010, before the last election. (Weren't the Republicans in COMPLETE power at the time?) The first stimulus package was passed BEFORE the current president was elected. The second was written and PASSED by the REPUBLICAN-LED CONGRESS. Wait a minute. It's all the Dems, isn't it?
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