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Rally planned in Snellville to support Occupy movement

SNELLVILLE -- While they don't plan to "occupy Snellville," a local group is planning a protest in the suburban city Saturday to support the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Members of MoveOn Gwinnett plan to rally at 11 a.m. Nov. 5, assembling at the intersection of Ga. Highway 124 and Janmar/Ridgedale Road then marching to Wells Fargo Bank and Walmart.

"We are tired of big banks, Wall Street, and large corporations controlling the legislative process through their lobbyists and their contributions," said Glenda Poindexter, one of the event organizers. "People are frustrated with a system that only works for the top 1 percent (of wage earners). Thanks to the brave protesters at Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Atlanta and around the world, more people than ever are talking about how we can make Wall Street pay to get an economy that works for everyone," she added.

Steve Toggerson of the MoveOn group said protesters do not plan to camp out, like many of the month-long protests throughout the country, but to show support for the same cause.

"It isn't just in New York or downtown Atlanta," she said. "It's an opportunity for those in Gwinnett who are just as concerned about those issues ... but can't always get down to Atlanta."

The event is being organized to coincide with others nationwide as part of the American Dream Movement, a press release said.

"We are sick to death of Wall Street greed crushing the American Dream and decimating the middle class. Millions of Americans are struggling every day to find a job and keep a roof over their head, yet Wall Street and the top 1 percent are getting record bonuses, earning record profits and still refusing to pay their fair share," Poindexter said in the release.

"It is time for a change," she said. "As we approach the holiday season, we are encouraging people to show their support by shopping at their local businesses and transferring their accounts to community banks and credit unions. With the large corporations not supporting the average American, we can no longer support them."

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SomeLady 2 years, 5 months ago

Heck yeah! We will try to make it.

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R 2 years, 5 months ago

Ahhhh aren't these supposedly held in cities with a Federal Reserve presence? Does Snellville have a secret bank? Maybe MoveOn Gwinnett can get started and just keep going ... on. goin' on (smiles)

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Eggfulaura 2 years, 5 months ago

Shame on you for wishing harm on your fellow Americans. What makes YOU any better than them? Do you honestly think that you have any positive impact on this world by hoping that the cops club people for exercising their constitutional rights?

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mustardandbiscuit 2 years, 5 months ago

I didn't "wish harm" on anybody. Nor, would I threaten harm on anybody. I was simply "hoping" that the police would have a "positive impact" on them. And, further, I did not say I was better than THEM, although deep inside, I believe I am better off. You and your friends have no idea what you're protesting against and you're only succeeding in making fools of yourself, but, I guess that's the only real job you have since you're too busy otherwise making babies and most likely going to school on somebody else's dime. GROW UP!

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suedehead 2 years, 5 months ago

Typical backtracking. First you say "I hope the police club them into nothingness", then you state you don't wish harm on others. Which is it?

You are correct in saying you are not better than them. You're not. These are people willing to stand up for what they believe in, while you sit back and reduce them to typical stereotypes.

If you are better off than others, good for you. You apparently haven't been affected by the mass layoffs and the economic downturn over the past 5 years. They know exactly what they're protesting and this responsible, 47 year old, 300K homeowner with a Master's Degree HE PAID FOR HIMSELF, supports them. Grow Up? You need to educate yourself about who really is running this country.

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Karl 2 years, 5 months ago

I guess they need to get out of their mom's basement for a few hours while she changes the sheets and vacuums.

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lilburnd 2 years, 5 months ago

I believe this is about awareness and growing the movement.

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mustardandbiscuit 2 years, 5 months ago

"Awareness" of what?? Growing what movement?? You don't have a clue, parrott?

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BuzzG 2 years, 5 months ago

It is time for these useless people to get real jobs. They are marching on Wells Fargo and Walmart? Well, Wells Fargo and Walmart have provided us with needed goods and services. What have these lobotomized George Soros robots given us? Nothing worth mentioning.

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Eggfulaura 2 years, 5 months ago

And what have YOU contributed to society besides this bitter and pointless commentary?

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R 2 years, 5 months ago

TAX Dollars maybe? Just saying

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kmsimpson 2 years, 5 months ago

Why isn't the "Occupy" movement charged for it's assemblies? Every other group is required to get permits, pay for clean-up, etc., yet they get a free pass. Is this simply another case of the leftists get a free pass while the rest of the country gets to foot the bill?

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Eggfulaura 2 years, 5 months ago

There are just as many conservatives taking advantage of social welfare as there are liberals. This isn't even a liberal movement!

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nicholson 2 years, 5 months ago

What a group of imbeciles! 99% of the protesters in these Occupy groups cannot even tell you the definition of capitalism and are often surprised to learn they are shouting the slogans of Karl Marx, which is not surprising considering that the labor unions, Acorn and George Soros are funding these protests. They have no clear purpose other than to complain about what they feel entitled to and yet they take no productive steps to accomplish anything. If they truly understood the process, they would be up in Washington, protesting against some of the inane policies of the federal government, instead of standing in front of Walmart and Wells Fargo.

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NewsReader 2 years, 5 months ago

Well, somebody flushed my last Occupy movement!

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DavidBrown 2 years, 5 months ago

I prefer the Occupy folks over the Tea Party folks anytime. I remember those stentorian Tea Party mobs at those town hall meetings and the Tea Party activists spitting and shouting racial slurs at Black members of Congress during the healthcare debates. Congressman John Lewis said that he hadn't witnessed such hatred since the heyday of the civil rights movement.

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NewsReader 2 years, 5 months ago

Anything John Lewis says isn't gonna be much!

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MissDaisyCook 2 years, 5 months ago

Didn/t happen. With the abundance of media on site, any such statements or actions would have be recorded. There has been none presented.

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R 2 years, 5 months ago

UNTIL He tried to talk to Occupy ATLANTA.
Besides got any audio of those Tea party slurs?
Playing things backward doesn't count

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Kent 2 years, 5 months ago

DavidBrown. Use your logic and think out the accusation that John Lewis made at being spit on. The entire route John and Nancy made was lined with hundreds of people and the press was also covering it. Not one press member reported actual evidence of the incident, not one person with a camera or cellphone which is capable of taking video, came forward with any evidence. John Lewis is the same man who declared blacks would be set back decades if they voted for a white candidate in a recent political race. He flips out the race card at the drop of a hat. Maybe you just need to run out to Oakland and join your occupy friends who are rioting and destroying property. As for your description of the tea party "mobs", you are either ill informed or flat out lying, or both.

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SnellvilleTod 2 years, 5 months ago

Nothing says moron more than having a "march" that goes no further than crossing the street. "It's an opportunity for those in Gwinnett who are just as concerned about those issues ... but can't always get down to Atlanta." Talk about lazy!

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Eggfulaura 2 years, 5 months ago

Lazy? I have 2 kids and I go to school full time. Think before you talk.

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Eggfulaura 2 years, 5 months ago

For your information, I served my country in the Navy for 4 years which led me to have the opportunity to go to college and pay for all my expenses with the GI Bill. Not everybody has been as fortunate as me in that regard.
Are you happy with the status quo? Cause I'm not. I might not be able to protest in a major city, and these protests might not MEAN anything to you, but it means something to me. The whole world does not fit into the cozy labels you have made.

My dad lost his pension because some banker decided he wanted to play blackjack with a stacked deck and did that banker lose anything? NO, because the losses were insured and the banks got a hefty bailout on top of it.

Do you even know how many wealthy corperations haven't paid taxes this year?

Do you have a job? How secure are you in the idea that you will still have that job in a year? If you ARE secure, then consider yourself fortunate because not everybody is in a position to be secure in their careers. Unemployment is rampant right now. What character flaw do you think I posess by admitting that I don't have a job currently? Does that make me stupid? Lazy? Unworthy? I dare you to go down to the unemployment office and tell THEM that they're all lazy.

It's social darwinism and it sucks. The idea that poor=weak/lazy/stupid is such a flawed values system, I can't even begin to articulate how angry it makes me.

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nicholson 2 years, 5 months ago

What character flaw do I think you possess? I think your incoherent rant shows how incredibly defensive, almost to the point of total paranoia, you are. Maybe some meds would help. I hope you don't show up with an AK-47 to the protest like the guy in the Occupy Atlanta.

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Eggfulaura 2 years, 5 months ago

Seriously? You are the one jumping to conclusions, sir.

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R 2 years, 5 months ago

See - this is why we need TSPLOST so these groups can get downtown....

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 5 months ago

"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men." - Abraham Lincoln

These protests are quite simply the root of what we are today, from the very beginnings of this nation through Martin Luther King, Vietnam, etc.

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Danielle 2 years, 5 months ago

The Occupy movement is understandable considering the state of the economy and the inept people in the Obama administration who continue to put roadblocks in the way of job creation. But most of the Occupy crowd is just along for the ride, hoping to get something for nothing. They complain about large corporations and banks, but they don't have any problem taking advantage of what those corporations and banks have to offer. These people are lost. Is anybody surprised that the Snellville "event" is being promoted by moveon.org, a group of liberals with nothing to contribute to society but complaints and demands for other people's money?

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Eggfulaura 2 years, 5 months ago

The Occupy movement has made it abundantly clear that they will not change their opinions based on who is doing the funding. Just because MoveOn is sponsoring the event does not mean that they have ANY say in the process.

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nicholson 2 years, 5 months ago

That seems to be a rather hypocritical statement. You bash corporate lobbyists and say their money is evil, but its ok for the Occupy movement to have funding for liberal groups.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 5 months ago

No more so than Fox claiming to be a news outlet, while giving million dollar donations to the RNC and grooming candidates as commentators. Ummm - by the way, I saw zero corporate lobbyist bashing there in any case.

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nicholson 2 years, 5 months ago

You obviously don't watch Fox or else you would have seen the numerous reports of financial contributions by such corporations such as GE, Goldman Sachs, etc that are Obama's biggest donors. For one example, Obama has made GE CEO Jeff Imalt the head of one of his pretentious panels on business and also allowed GE to sell products to Iran. For a president that promised transparency and change, what a joke. By the way, GE is still a large shareholder of NBC and MSNBC, which I am guessing is your news source - that Al Sharpton is really credible.

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R 2 years, 5 months ago

You have to be kidding ...

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nicholson 2 years, 5 months ago

I bet the two LSD users that were caught running naked by the Snellville police this week will be at the this protest.

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freegeorgian 2 years, 5 months ago

With the cancer of entitlement growing since the 60s, and Academia singing the praises of socialism, this should come as no surprise. The true American spirit isn't to covet other's wealth, it's the desire for freedom to earn one's own.

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Linda 2 years, 5 months ago

Why are you angry with corporate America. First of all actors, actresses and professional sports figures make more than most of the people who are being protested against. The government is the cause of this mess. But that's what happens when people want the nanny state. If you knew anything about the bank mess it started with subprime loans that banks were forced to make to unqualified buyers with threat of discrimination by none other than the federal government. So now I have to pay taxes to support you and then have to clean up after you. Why don't you ask tom hanks or oprah winfrey to support you financially? Why aren't you angry with them? Because they are leftist, bleeding heart liberals. Wake up and smell the coffee, they will not help you.

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toby 2 years, 5 months ago

Excellent comment and the truth. These folks are just bored and need something to do. If their parents had made them earn their video games instead of giving them to them, they would have an appreciation of gaining a skill or skills and go find a job.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 5 months ago

WOW – is anyone familiar with whatcha call the First Amendment to the Constitution? The current political mode the country is in is to create a simplistic label, demonize it, and apply that label to anyone that does not share a given rigid belief system. That requires the absolute least amount of thought and effort (intellectually lazy), has basically gotten us where we are now, and will keep us on that path, lest for people breaking away from the herd to say NO. As has been the case in the last 200 plus years (history is a stern taskmaster), this has already begun to work with Occupy, with the banks suddenly seeing new light on the debit card issue, just for example. Should anyone doubt how our current woes came about and want to actually become informed, see what David Stockman, Saint Ronald Reagan’s OMB Director, has to say on the topic.

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Kent 2 years, 5 months ago

DavidBrown. I am standing by my last sentence. Those people and sources who made their statements about being spat on are about as trustworthy as interviewing a fox to find out how many chickens are missing from the hen house.

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NewsReader 2 years, 5 months ago

You didn't list the Huffington Post DavidBrown. I'm quite certain you can find numerous articles regurgitated by the liberal media to perpetuate this nonsense. The Washington Post? Pfffftttt! What a joke.

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Plavixman 2 years, 5 months ago

I am so sick of this whole movement thing I wish Scotty would hurry and beam me up. Who do you think built this Country. Protestors in the street, or people workking to build the streets. You can only survive as a Country and as a Nation buy working hard to build things and then using them wisely. We built and sold houses to people that could ill afford to pay for them. Did these people need housing, certainly, but they could afford what they were trying to pay for. We all want the best and we want it now. NO, we have to work for it and it takes time. We all have been spending above our means and that includes us personally and the Federal Government. Taking on Big Business is not where we make the change, we must 1st do it in our homes and in our Government. We must set examples not excuses. Get out of my streets and be a productive member of society. Corporate greed is not the issue, its us.

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debbiestorm 2 years, 5 months ago

dont judge too quickly, you will see...the truth will come out.

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Sthrnldy 2 years, 5 months ago

debbiestorm - The truth has already come out, and that is why these people lost their home and why Occupy abandoned them - quite quickly I might add. The Rorey family should have never contacted Occupy. It was like a nail in the coffin, so to speak. The issue is dead and buried!

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