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Hundreds 'occupy' Raleigh, Durham to echo Wall Street protest

Posted October 2, 2011
Updated October 3, 2011

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— Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Raleigh and Durham on Sunday to show solidarity with an ongoing protest against corporate greed and social inequality on Wall Street.

The Occupy Wall Street movement started with just a dozen college students three weeks ago, but has spread across the nation despite a lack of clear leadership and concrete proposals to fix the ailing economy. The protesters themselves, however, say the gatherings are a way to express mounting frustration about lopsided distributions of money and power in the United States.

Tanya Glover attended the Occupy Raleigh protest at Moore Square Sunday evening. She said she feels like the American people are getting "dumped on" by corporations and Congress.

"The (bank bailout) money went straight back into the pockets of CEOs and corporations," she said. "We work harder, we get taxed more. The corporations give money to the politicians and the politicians are serving the corporations. The corporations are not people." 

She said not matter what she does or how hard she works, she continues to get poorer while the rich get richer.

"I've never done anything like this before and I don't know everything that's going on and I don't pretend to understand it all. I know that I get up every morning and I bust my butt to take care of my family and I'm getting nowhere," Glover said.

Rep. Brad Miller, a Democrat who represents the state's 13th District, which includes Raleigh, came to listen to protesters' concerns. He said it's a question of injustice.

Occupy Raleigh Raleigh protesters frustrated with corporations, Congress

"The people who caused the financial crisis (and) the painful recession that we've been through seem to have gotten off scot-free," Miller said. "The people who did suffer were really without blame, and that offends people."

Protester J.J. Jiang agreed.

"The taxpayers' money bailed them out and they didn't sacrifice anything, but actually they benefited," Jiang said.

Miller said he thinks people's anger can be fueled to affect policy decisions.

"Maybe we need to start with the anger and then develop the proposals based on that," he said. "I think if you ask people here, they would say, 'Yeah, banks ought not be as big as they are.' There are legislative proposals – I introduced one in the House that went nowhere – but if there was a movement behind it, pushing it, it would make a big difference."

Glover said the protests are a step in the right direction.

"It's groups like this that have changed America," she said. "It may take a long time, but it will happen. I believe it."

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  • gmiller2 Oct 10, 2011

    These people don't know what change they want. If they did, they would realize that Obama, along with other politicians, bailed out some companies on Wall St. Most people who support capitalism, did NOT agree with bail outs, they want to let the free market work itself out, and it always will if given the chance. Additionally, had they not been bailed out, the same people would be protesting that because there was no bail out, the common people are the ones being hurt. It's all nonsense. Occupy Washington and tell them to get out of the way, and jobs and recovery will come. You don't protest against the very companies that are the key to the recovery.

  • raleighlynn Oct 5, 2011

    I said it during the last presidential election, and I'll say it again: Change is all about two quarters and a penny, while the working class gets nickeled and dimed to death. Sorry to say I was right all along.

  • bowslinger70 Oct 4, 2011

    YOU voted for these people--vote em' back in office in 2012 and get more of "the change you can believe in". How are we doing? Do you believe yet ?? Wait, have some more Kool-Aid !! LOL

  • seeingthru Oct 4, 2011

    I agree fully with these people. "Change" won't come from the White House but from regular working folks like well, everyone I know

  • sophiemom Oct 4, 2011

    DC maybe they aren't at work because they don't have jobs. Or maybe this is their day off. You never know.

  • sophiemom Oct 4, 2011

    Power to the people!! I am hearing Crosby Stills Nash and Young songs in my head!

  • Remy Oct 3, 2011

    "If any of these people worked for me, I would fire them in a heartbeat."
    driverkid3

    Doubt anyone would want to work for you, even in these hard times.

  • rdcress Oct 3, 2011

    The Occupy movement is hardly a grass roots effort. It is lead by academics who are paid with tax dollars. Get a grip people, this crowd doesn't have a clue. They are calling for more government to correct the problems created by government in the first place. Don't ever forget that all the deception, lies, cheating, and stealing was done with full cooperation and the sanction of government regulations. There was never any deregulation it was only re-regulation and government mandate to allow us to be screwed.

  • driverkid3 Oct 3, 2011

    I have a question that I hope someone will answer. Everyone is griping about Wall St. WHO twisted ANYONES arm to invest in ANYTHING?

    I've always lived "poor" even when I didn't have to, so I am used to this. I can and WILL get by while the greedy people will cry and moan about how much someone else has. I pity you people, I really do. You can't seem to be happy with what you have, you see what someone else has and you want to take it from them. GROW UP and stop letting the liberals tell you what to do and how to do it.

  • Wingnut Central Oct 3, 2011

    We are the bottom 99% and we are too big to fail.

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