Under occupation; Locals form Occupy Corner Brook committees to establish worldwide movement’s presence

Cory Hurley
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CORNER BROOK  The Occupy Wall Street movement has reached Corner Brook.

Saturday’s march representing the downtrodden 99 per cent against the corporate elitist one per cent was occupied by approximately 40 people. However, the demonstration was not just about being there, it was about taking action and helping to try and make a difference in today’s actuality.

The group, mainly young adults, chanted as they showed their solidarity along the downtown streets of Corner Brook. They arrived at the Majestic Lawn with their placards aplenty and a spirited conglomerate got down to business. The consensus vote determined this group was here to be an effective means in the worldwide movement that continues to collect momentum over the past couple of months.

For organizer Laura Love Saturday’s beginning in Corner Brook was nothing short of breathtaking.

“I am actually very surprised,” she said of the numbers who attended the demonstration in Corner Brook. “We started with about a handful of people, and eventually our group grew to 10. When it happened in Wall Street, it started with about 20 college students and it grew to almost 200,000. That is beautiful.

“Everyone coming together (Saturday) is a lot of support.”

The general assembly, where the individuals had the opportunity to voice their views of society and propose the direction the local movement should take, lasted well into the afternoon. Most of those gathered were vocal, and the discussions were constant.

It was determined Occupy Corner Brook would be comprised of two committees — a research and an outreach committee — to help raise the awareness, and in an educated and well articulated manner that can reach the widest audience.

It was also decided there will be a second demonstration this coming Saturday, again with a march from city hall starting at 1 p.m. It will be followed with another assembly at the Majestic Lawn.

Meanwhile, the people willing to sit on the committees committed to meeting to discuss its direction further, and prepare for Saturday’s demonstration.

The commitment of the local group was impressive to Love.

“I think it is beautiful,” she said. “A group of people, not just from the university — which is wonderful — but also people from unions and the public, just coming together in one group expressing our outrage against corporation.”

Meanwhile, university professor Basil Chiasson, said it was important to him to show his support and offer his views on the issues. He was one of the many who frequented the discussions, and also offered his commitment to a dedicated ongoing effort.

“I come from a long history of working class family,” he said. “I lived recently in the U.K., where I saw the financial crisis that is destroying many levels of society — from individuals and families to institutions, particularly like the universities are coming under attack now.

“I am quite alarmed at all this, and I think it is good to ask more serious questions about why these things are happening as opposed to just watching specific news stations and digesting what they are telling us.”

Chiasson said he was impressed by the turnout and the solidarity of those who attended. He said the upcoming meetings will be important in determining the exact direction of the local movement.

“We now need to get to know one another,” he said. “We are all connected by a general dismay of what is happening, and the elitist society being given too many breaks and the people who don’t have very much being persecuted through massive taxations.”

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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Recent comments

  • David West
    August 22, 2012 - 09:00

    Can anyone there help with this? " just came back from northern alaska on the berring sea. it really sad up in these eskimo village in alaska they have the highest teen suicide rate in the country. one village had 30 suicides in the 30 days. Unreall and noone in the rest of the country knows about it. look forward to working with them next year. Fritz"

  • Llewellyn
    October 25, 2011 - 11:41

    A bunch of people that want to be part of something that you should only be able to find in real cities. Newsflash, you live in obscurity. This is Corner Brook.

  • darren
    October 24, 2011 - 15:00

    The Occupy movement is not concerned solely with banking or securities fraud. It questions all forms of economic/financial injustice and inequality -- income disparity, misallocation of public funds, wealth-privileging tax systems, unethical industrial practises, et cetera. These aren't exclusively American issues and it's naive and shortsighted to claim that Newfoundlanders aren't affected by them. Choose to ignore the issues if you like, but they're most certainly hurting you like the rest of us. This province's climate of apathy has been upheld for too long and some of us are ready to incite change.

    • David
      October 24, 2011 - 21:20

      Protest drunk driving, protest poaching wildflie, protest the demise of the fishery, protest offshore oil spills, protest a lack of an agricultural or recycling strategy for this island ....for gawd's sake, don't just be a bunch of media and Twitter zombies looking for some celebrity "cause du jour". You'd all get a good price for those brains of yours....they're hardly used.

  • David
    October 24, 2011 - 14:03

    Yay! Twitter and ET Canada save the universe yet again! The fact that there is not one solitary example of banking or securities fraud in Canada...heck, there isn't even a sign of an actual economy, good or evil, to speak of in Corner Brook!.....but heck, why should that matter? Let's all take to the streets like lemmings and pretend that the world even knows that Corner Broook Newfoundland exists. How utterly misguided and stupid.

    • Llewellyn
      October 25, 2011 - 08:56

      Exactly David.

    • JW
      October 28, 2011 - 10:40

      We should protest forum trolls that never have anything positive to say, ever.

  • JPB
    October 24, 2011 - 09:18

    Leave it to Corner Brookites to jump on the band wagon after the movement has lost much of it's momentum worldwide...

  • Barrelman
    October 24, 2011 - 08:55

    Corner Brook is the regional centre of a paradise for people who enjoy fresh air and outdoors, yet are trapped in urban jungles, especially in IT industries that can set up virtually anywhere. Still, the most recent survey shows Corner Brook dead last in attracting new business. Time to start talking to young adults in the community. Those courageous enough to stand up and be identified on the Majestic lawn surely have worthwhile ideas to offer. What's to lose? Previous efforts clearly aren't working.