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Small crowd ‘occupies’ Stockton

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  • Rynne Cowham posted at 3:41 pm on Sun, Oct 16, 2011.

    Rynne McCoy-Cowham Posts: 1

    Thank you for your article Katie. It was a pleasure talking and sharing with you about the Occupy movement, which is growing worldwide! We may be small in numbers in Stockton, but we are awake, aware, alive and active. We will stand up and be counted with the rest of the "We the People" of this nation and the world who are saying "enough is enough -- we don't want or need a 'ruling class' getting rich off the backs of our labor -- we can and will govern ourselves and restructure our economy and our governments to truly be democracy, truly be of, by, for, the People!"

    We had a good strong turnout for our solidarity march yesterday (Oct. 15). I wish you could have been here! Somewhere between 60-80 people turned out, I would estimate, from senior citizens to tots in strollers. Slowly but surely, the people are awakening to the potential for a new world (not a "new world order").

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:03 am on Fri, Oct 14, 2011.

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    And... the corporations need to be punished... I demand that anyone that bought or stole an apple product, and ATT cell phone or and computer or device from these or any other greedy corporation immediately throw them away in protest to the obscene profits they made on the backs of the worker. We need to bring all these devises to a central location and dump them in a large pile as a demonstration of out resolve and commitment to making these corporations pay.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:52 am on Fri, Oct 14, 2011.

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    I demand the following...All people should be treated fairly and with compassion. Wall street is the enemy as they have pilloried are financial resources and stolen from the average man and woman.
    Each person who has been hurt by Wall street must receive reparations with a minimum of $100,000 no matter the amount of loss sustained .

    Hurt is defined as getting stress over the wall street investments where worry and concern was present in what happened in the stock market.

    I urge all participant s to demand as much money as possible in order to teach lessons to the wall street criminals who caused all this stress and concern.

  • David Nielsen posted at 5:36 pm on Wed, Oct 12, 2011.

    David Nielsen Posts: 1

    LIST OF PROPOSED "DEMANDS FOR CONGRESS" from OCCUPY WALL ST STOCKTON as per Occupywallst.org... Since I am sure all of you are wondering what they want.

    CONGRESS PASS HR 1489 ("RETURN TO PRUDENT BANKING ACT" http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-1489 ). THIS REINSTATES MANY PROVISIONS OF THE GLASS-STEAGALL ACT. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass–Steagall_Act --- Wiki entry summary: The repeal of provisions of the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933 by the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act in 1999 effectively removed the separation that previously existed between investment banking which issued securities and commercial banks which accepted deposits. The deregulation also removed conflict of interest prohibitions between investment bankers serving as officers of commercial banks. Most economists believe this repeal directly contributed to the severity of the Financial crisis of 2007–2011 by allowing Wall Street investment banking firms to gamble with their depositors' money that was held in commercial banks owned or created by the investment firms. Reinstate limits on Bank Leverage so banks may not continue to increase borrowing. Currently Bank leverage is higher than 33:1. the SEC should no longer allow banks to gamble with taxpayer's money. Here's detail on repeal in 1999 and how it happened: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass–Steagall_Act#Repeal .

    THE CURRENTLY VACANT CHAIR ON THE PRESIDENT'S ECONOMIC ADVISORY BOARD SHOULD BE OCCUPIED BY BROOKSLEY E. BORN. Brooksley E. Born warned the Clinton Administration of this and was forced to resign.

    DO NOT ALLOW INVESTORS TO TRADE DERRIVATIVES or MAKE CREDIT DEFAULT SWAPS. The SEC should strictly regulate the behavior of Wall Street and the Banking industry.

    USE CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY AND OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE FEDERAL AGENCIES FULLY INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE THE WALL STREET CRIMINALS who clearly broke the law and helped cause the 2008 financial crisis in the following notable cases: (insert list of the most clear cut criminal actions). There is a pretty broad consensus that there is a clear group of people who got away with millions / billions illegally and haven't been brought to justice. This is long overdue and cathartic for millions of Americans. It would also be a shot across the bow for the financial industry. If you watch the solidly researched and awared winning documentary film "Inside Job" that was narrated by Matt Damon and do other research, it wouldn't take long to develop the list. We want Systematic investigations undertaken pertaining to Stock trading, the banking industry, lobbying w/ political contributions and Campaign contributions to elected officials.

    CONGRESS ENACT LEGISLATION TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY BY REVERSING THE EFFECTS OF THE CITIZENS UNITED SUPREME COURT DECISION which essentially said corporations can spend as much as they want on elections. The result is that corporations can pretty much buy elections. Corporations should be highly limited in ability to contribute to political campaigns no matter what the election and no matter what the form of media. This legislation should also RE-ESTABLISH THE PUBLIC AIRWAVES IN THE U.S. SO THAT POLITICAL CANDIDATES ARE GIVEN EQUAL TIME FOR FREE AT REASONABLE INTERVALS IN DAILY PROGRAMMING DURING CAMPAIGN SEASON. The same should extend to other media.

    CONGRESS PASS THE BUFFETT RULE ON FAIR TAXATION SO THE RICH AND CORPORATIONS PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE & CLOSE CORPORATE TAX LOOP HOLES AND ENACT A PROHIBITION ON HIDING FUNDS OFF SHORE. No more GE paying zero or negative taxes. Pass the Buffet Rule on fair taxation so the rich pay their fair share. (If we have a really had a good negotiating position and have the place surrounded, we could actually dial up taxes on millionaires, billionaires and corporations even higher...back to what they once were in the 50's and 60's.

    CONGRESS COMPLETELY REVAMP THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION and staff it at all levels with proven professionals who get the job done protecting the integrity of the marketplace so citizens and investors are both protected. This agency needs a large staff and needs to be well-funded. It is currently under-budgeted and understaffed. (Enforcement Division reportedly had a staff of 1 as reported at a Oct 7, 2008 congressional Hearing by Lynn Turner - Chief accountant) and is run by Wall St. insiders who often leave for high ticket cushy jobs with the corporations they were just regulating. Hmmm.


    CONGRESS PASSING "Revolving Door Legislation" LEGISLATION ELIMINATING THE ABILITY OF FORMER GOVERNMENT REGULATORS GOING TO WORK FOR CORPORATIONS THAT THEY ONCE REGULATED. So, you don't get to work at the FDA for five years playing softball with Pfizer and then go to work for Pfizer making $195,000 a year. While they're at it, Congress should pass specific and effective laws to enforce strict judicial standards of conduct in matters concerning conflicts of interest. So long as judges are culled from the ranks of corporate attorneys the 1% will retain control.


    ELIMINATE "PERSONHOOD" LEGAL STATUS FOR CORPORATIONS. The film "The Corporation" has a great section on how corporations won "personhood status". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SuUzmqBewg . Fast-forward to 2:20. The 14th amendment was supposed to give equal rights to African Americans. It said you "can't deprive a person of life, liberty or property without due process of law". Corporation lawyers wanted corporations to have more power so they basically said "corporations are people." Amazingly, between 1890 and 1910 there were 307 cases brought before the court under the 14th amendment. 288 of these brought by corporations and only 19 by African Americans. 600,000 people were killed to get rights for people and then judges applied those rights to capital and property while stripping them from people. It's time to set this straight.



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