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10,000 Plus Occupy PortlandTim King Salem-News.com
What has happened on Wall Street affects everyone. This is very likely a major turning point in American history.
(SALEM, Ore.) - As the sun set on the first day of the Occupy Portland demonstration, the enthusiasm remained high. Thousands at Pioneer Square Want Americans to regain control of their nation from the scandalous banks that have raked the middle class over the coals.
Those taking part in the event that has saw 10,000 demonstrators gather on day one are Oregon residents like Geoff Thompson, whose hotel caught fire. He can't get a loan, he says he's mad and he's not going to take it any more, and he's one of many people with a similar viewpoint.
Thompson says he went to every bank, wrote to every elected official, with zero results. He even wrote to U.S. President Barack Obama, who this week admitted that he knew of the Occupy Wall Street protests and offered understanding words for this effort.
Unfortunately, Obama goes on to explain how the operators on Wall Street didn't actually violate any laws. In the end the bankers are essentially above the law.
Thompson says he devised a plan to wake Bank of America up since no bank will loan them money. He's encouraging a bank run on 1 Nov at Bank of America. He says if enough customers pull their accounts on the first, that it will send a message through Bank of America and back to Wall Street that the people have had enough.
Which leads to something we have rarely seen in America; this isn't partisan, what has happened on Wall Street affects everyone. This is very likely a major turning point in American history.
This could be the early states of a revolution that is socially acceptable to almost all Americans, who believe it is obscene that the richest 1% have full control of 99% of our national assets. A nation where dishonest lenders are rewarded not with sanctions or criminal charges, but bailouts that are all funded by the 99%.
The 99% that includes Oregon residents like Anthony Barbera, who spent eight years in the military only to come back to a lack of opportunities, and a country that has no jobs.
The words coined by the band Ten Years After in 1971, still holds true for this crowd forty years after:
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