BANGOR, Maine –Â Occupy Bangor will kick off official events at noon Saturday, Oct. 29, in Peirce Park on Harlow St. The round-the-clock assembly of indefinite duration will start with a rally at noon, followed by a â€ś99% Marchâ€ť at 1:30 p.m.through downtown. Working Groups will meet at 3 p.m. before the General Assembly forms at 4 p.m. All Occupy Bangor events are free and open to the public. All citizens are encouraged to attend and participate.
Occupy Bangor, in the spirit of Occupy Wall Street, is outraged over the ever-widening gap between rich and poor in America, as well as corporate control of the political process. The number of occupations is growing rapidly throughout the country and around the world. There are currently over 900 occupied cities in the United States, and more than 2,200 worldwide. Occupy Maine has been encamped in Lincoln Park in Portland since Sept. 30. Occupy Augusta has been encamped in Capitol Park since Oct. 15.
Occupy Bangor participants are organizing to show solidarity for this feeling of mass injustice and inequality in America. Occupy Bangor is not affiliated with any political ideology. The group assembles as the 99 percent of Americans disenfranchised by the current political system, which is dominated by the interests of the wealthiest one percent of the population. We demand that all citizens have an equal voice in the political process.
Occupy Bangor, in solidarity with the national Occupy Wall Street movement, has not issued specific demands for change. Instead, we will make decisions about the future of our country from a position of strengthâ€”a position that can only come from giving citizens an opportunity to come together and reach a consensus about the problems that are currently jeopardizing our national future.
â€˘ We reject the corrupt political system that gives the peoplesâ€™ power to corporations.
â€˘ We support the people organizing in defense of their human, democratic and constitutional rights.
â€˘ We reject the corporate media framing issues in a way that distracts Americans from participating in the political process.
â€˘ We reject a political process that spends trillions of dollars on pointless wars and gives endless tax breaks to the wealthy, while enacting wholesale and disastrous cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Student Aid, housing programs, heating assistance and other programs of social benefit.
â€˘ We reject the government acting in the interests of huge insurance corporations while 50 million Americans go without health care.
â€˘ We support the rights of workers to organize.
â€˘ We want to feed the hungry, house the homeless, and care for the sick, the weak, the vulnerable and the disabled.
â€˘ We believe that a society should be judged by how it treats its elderly, its youth, its veterans and its most vulnerable, not by how many millionaires it has.
In the spirit of the national Occupy movement, the Occupy Bangor group is organized around the theme of â€śfinding common groundâ€ť within the 99% of citizens who are disenfranchised by the political process. Citizens are encouraged to assert power through peaceable assembly and direct participatory democracy. Participatory democracy is a process that strives to broaden the range of citizens who can make meaningful contributions to the decision-making process. This is accomplished by creating opportunities for all members of all political groups to participate in the decision making process locally and nationally.
The Occupy Wall Street movement encourages citizens to join together because â€śtogether we are greater than the sum of our parts.â€ť A diverse group of citizens has joined together in Occupy Bangor, including students, teachers, farmers, retired people and organized labor groups. We are your mothers, fathers, children, grandparents, neighbors, colleagues and friends. These voices will join together in the 4 p.m. General Assembly on Saturday to find common ground. We invite all citizens to join us.
Nationally, the president, vice president, and house minority leader have expressed sympathy or support for the protesters. The U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke have both said they sympathize with the protestorsâ€™ anger over banksâ€™ role in the financial crisis.
Occupy Bangor held a protest in front of Bank of America in Bangor October 12. At the demonstration, 80 protestors denounced the trillion-dollar federal government bailout of banks such as Bank of America that continue to foreclose on the homes of millions of hardworking Americans, while they pay multi-million dollar bonuses to the very executives who caused the current economic disaster.
For more information, call Occupy Bangor Media Working Group at 735-7781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Name: Occupy Bangor Media Working Group
Telephone Number: (207)735-7781