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Occupy Framingham

Filed under: Politics by Randy Harris at 11:18 am on October 28, 2011
Occupy Wall Street presentation at Framingham State University, November 3, 2011

Part of a poster for an Occupy Wall Street presentation at Framingham State University, Hemenway Hall, Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 4:30p.m.-5:30p.m.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30p.m. students and professors who have been the Boston protests will hold a "A Campus Speak-out and Discussion" and engage in an "exciting dialog about the growing movement to empower the non-wealthy 99% of Americans (including you)!" at Hemenway Hall, Room G32, Framingham State University, 100 State St., Framingham, MA.

The Framingham State University HRAC, (Human Rights Action Committee), is inviting anyone interested in hearing about and discussing the "Occupy" demonstrations which started with Occupy Wall Street, spread to Occupy Boston -- and have since resulted in occupations in hundreds of other locations in the US and abroad.

On September 17, 2011, the occupy movement, spurred by discontent with how major banks, mega-corporations and America's top 1% wealthiest individuals appear to be out of touch with the socioeconomic disparity and everyday plight of average Americans, held its first protest in New York's "Wall Street" financial district.

Nurses and other unions have come out in support of the occupy movements message.

Nurses and other unions have come out in support of the occupy movement's message. (Photo courtesy of David Shankbone)

With the motto, "We are the 99%", the movement has been garnering supporters for marches and organized protests and led large groups of activists to settle in encampments at the front doors of the financial seats of power.

While many connected to or sympathetic with the "1%" refer to the protesters as "a bunch of dirty hippies", the movement has grown to include individuals from every walk of life -- unemployed construction workers, underpaid and overworked nurses, veterans, students from major universities, retirees, as well as some politicians and celebrities.

Some of the "1%" are supporting the "occupy" movement! A Tumblr blog called "We stand with the 99 percent" is full of photos and and letters from wealthy individuals, (in the so called "top 1%"), who support the occupy movement.

If nothing else, the Occupy Wall Street movement has caused banks, corporations and politicians  including candidates for the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election to take a stand -- for or against the 99% of Americans who are struggling to make ends meet.

For more info on the discussion at Framingham State University, email fsuhrac@gmail.com

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