Nelsonites join forces with protestors around the world to send message to top one percent of income earners

The street outside City Hall was jammed with people holding signs Saturday during the Occupy Nelson protest. — Bruce Fuhr photo
The street outside City Hall was jammed with people holding signs Saturday during the Occupy Nelson protest. — Bruce Fuhr photo

A protest that started four weeks ago in New York's financial district found its way Saturday to the streets of Nelson.

Hundreds people carrying signs showing displeasure with the corporate establishment jammed the court yard outside City Hall to participate in Occupy Nelson.

"There are two reasons why we're here today," Occupy Nelson organizer Herb Couch told The Nelson Daily during Saturday's protest.

"One is we want to share our admiration for Occupy Wall Street people and for the people around the world — there are more than 70 countries that are hosting occupy events today."

"The second is we want to be able to network with people locally and discuss issues around Nelson and Canada that affect us all," the retire school teacher added.

"We don't expect utopia will be here tomorrow but we know that the people will get together. There' s a lot of hope and a lot of inspiration among people and we only see good things happening in the future."

The rallying cry for Occupy Nelson, which is the same dominant message of protests across North America, is the growing gap between the top one percent of income earners and the rest of society.

Similar to other marches all over the planet, Occupy Nelson used social media to get the message out.

Couch set up a Facebook account with the place, time and date but had no idea what to expect.

"I had no idea number of people that would show," Couch said. "We started with a couple of Facebook sites with over 420 members so we're all pleased."

Occupy Nelson started in the early afternoon outside City Hall. Couch, along with other speakers, spoke to the crowd that included students, children, union members and people from the political left.

The protest then paraded through the streets of Nelson before returning to City Hall.

Nelson City Police maintained presence during the demonstration with a few plain clothed officers attending the event.

"Nelson Police were pleased with the attitude of the demonstrators, organizers and those in vehicles on the streets that may have been inconvenienced by the demonstrators," said NCP Sergeant Paul Burkart in a written press release.

"Although police were in the area, organizers did a nice job of keeping everyone safe and controlled."

Although the loose-knit protest has no real agenda Couch is optimistic this is only the start of what is to come.

"One thing starts in Egypt, then it goes to Wall Street and comes go Nelson . . .. I feel very positive about today," he said.

"You never now exactly where it's going to lead but we're certain a lot of positive things will come out this event today."


 

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Congrats to Nelson from

Congrats to Nelson from Rossland for getting this together on such short notice. To me the new '99%' movement is a lot like the civil rights movement. When Martin Luther King Jr stated publicly and eloquently that--surprise, surprise--black people were human beings too the logic of his stance was inassailable. Within a few years, political parties of all stripes simply swallowed that logic and the system changed. It happened again in the early 1970s when women declared--surprise, surprise--that they were human beings as well. This message was assimilated fairly quickly as well (here I use the word 'quickly' in the context of history in general). Now the message is--surprise, surprise--that society should offer a level playing field upon which ALL citizens can aspire to make their dreams come true. This message is just as logical as the previous two and it's time for us to make those in power accept it.

This wasn't a one time deal: this is the beginning of something big.

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