Occupy Augusta hopes to gain momentum

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The movement started on Wall Street, but it’s coming to Broad Street in downtown Augusta.

Joey Traina is an organizer of the group Occupy Augusta.   ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
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Joey Traina is an organizer of the group Occupy Augusta.

Occupy Wall Street’s local action group, Occupy Augusta, is holding its organizational meeting Wednesday to determine its local goals and plan of action. Although it has no designated leader, Joey Traina is one of the people working to plan the eventual protest downtown.

“We’re making our own demands for Augusta,” he said. “We have our own 99 percent, and we have our own 1 percent.”

Augusta’s 1 percent, Traina said, is made up of people who make decisions about Augusta’s future based on their own interests.

“Really wealthy board members of groups who are trying to dictate city development,” he said. “Deke Copenhaver and Cal Ripken, definitely.”

The beliefs fueling the Occupy Augusta movement aren’t new to Traina and his friends. Traina is the president of the Richmond County Young Democrats and said he has long since felt that the majority of Augustans are not heard.

“We want to give people a voice,” he said. “This has been building for quite some time.”

Terence Dicks is also a part of Occupy Augusta and a member of the Richmond County Democratic Party’s state committee, but he feels the message of the Occupy movement is one that people of all political persuasions can agree on.

“It’s just American,” he said. “If we bail Wall Street out, they should be accountable.”

Dicks said he has long since been involved with issues such as Social Security and the housing crisis. The protests, he said, are just a way to tell everyone that the current financial system is not OK.

“These trading houses have these instruments, like subprime mortgage, that aren’t being supervised enough,” he said. “We have withdrawn oversight, and it’s hurting people who can’t afford to be hurt.”

It’s one thing for the economy to be bad for everyone, he said, but when people struggling through bankruptcy see a huge corporation bailed out, it creates an angry discontent.

“The American dream is based on fair play, and people get discouraged when they work hard and believe in the system only for it to turn on them,” he said. “This movement is a very basic thing.”

The meeting this week, is not a protest, and if Occupy Augusta wants to stage one, there are rules it would have to follow.

Col. Gary Powell, of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, handles all protest permit applications. Unless the group is larger than 50 people, no permit is necessary. Law enforcement officials might stop by if they see a crowd gathered, but as long as the group stays clear of private property and doesn’t block sidewalks or building entrances, it won’t have any trouble.

“We’re not going to limit anyone’s freedom of speech,” he said. “But they do have to observe the laws.”

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For more information, go to Occupy Augusta’s Twitter feed at twitter.com/OWSaugustaGA.

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jtra1n
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jtra1n 10/11/11 - 12:42 am
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CORRECTION/ADDITION: Defer to

CORRECTION/ADDITION: Defer to the www.occupyaugusta.org page for event information. The article should state Wednesday as is the case for the site, twitter, and facebook pages.

To be clear, Occupy Augusta is in fellowship and support of the Wall Street movement and any similarities that appear from local happenings are auxiliary to the message of solidarity with those in NY. The article was adequate but the focus is much more broad than local issues to be certain.

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Dipshot 10/11/11 - 01:00 am
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Mr Traina, I like your

Mr Traina, I like your resolve, and you are right, a small cabal does rule Augusta. I would suggest you direct your protests towards Augusta Tomorrow and other members of The Cabal. Maybe you all should protest out front of the TEE Center and move to all of the other Augusta Tomorrow boondoggles from the past 20 years.

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jeff scott 10/11/11 - 01:28 am
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I am part of the 1% and I

I am part of the 1% and I earned it, and I'll still have all of it after anything is "occupied." I wont be sympathetic to them. Though I'll continue to give to worthy charities...who EARN IT....I wont give my dime or time to losers like this. At least in the 60's they had Nam to focus their frustrations on. These people have zero focus. Get somebody elected to congress (like the Tea Party did) then people will listen. Till then, this is a funny (and probably smelly) joke. Look at how many plastic bags and iPhones were on Wall Street....what a bunch of phonies. Gimme, gimme, gimme, and then gimme more.

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copperhead 10/11/11 - 01:33 am
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All they want is the

All they want is the government to GIVE them everything!

jtra1n
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jtra1n 10/11/11 - 01:37 am
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Being rich isn't the problem

Being rich isn't the problem myfather15. Being frivolous isn't even the problem. Did Russell Simmon's or Jay-Z get a corporate bailout? No, but that's the problem. Our hopes and concerns for the country since the collapse and subsequent bailouts have been tied to the numbers on Wall Street. Numbers from a market and record profits from corporations that don't care a lick about you or me. They don't care that our family and friends are out of work or that our wages are stagnant or lower because of fraud and misuse by corporate interests and their Govt arms of lobbyists and officials. So we're chanting. We're organizing. We're Occupying. They can no longer assume from their executive suites that we are simply okay/silent/compacent with the status quo of 1% with the wealth of nations while the rest of us pay its debts. And to be fair not all of the 1% is against the rest of us but most of them aren't even listening. Noone will fault you for going with the flow but don't fault us for getting fed up. If you don't get it, google it. There are plenty of people willing to explain it to you.

jtra1n
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jtra1n 10/11/11 - 01:52 am
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Any intro sociology course

Any intro sociology course will show the vast majority of the 1% didn't "earn" it but were born with it or the faculties to achieve it with ease. Also, being 1% doesn't give you the moral authority to be "Too big to fail" or more important than anyone else. That's the thinking that got us here and stems from ideas of Royalty and divine laws of early capitalism that stated those who were less FORTUNate were that way because God said so. That's obviously false but convenient for the Pharoahs, Kings, and Slave Masters. Still the 1% after all these years...Occupy Wall Street isn't asking for handouts Copperhead. Just for corporations to loosen their grip so we can enjoy some semblance of the American Dream they keep squandering from us and turning into record profits year after year. Working for it would be magnificent if jobs, investment, and capital could stay here long enough for us to do the work. Not that the 1% wants to pay a living wage anyhow.

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Dipshot 10/11/11 - 02:29 am
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Riverman1 10/11/11 - 03:43 am
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Don't be associating the

Don't be associating the noble fight many of us wage against the Augusta Cabal with these misguided souls.

The support given to these mindless protestors by Obama is remarkable. Remember when Mao was in trouble in China due to his socialist policies and the people were starving? He unleased the nihilistic Red Guard on every segment of society to maintain power. Down with anything that's not socialist, don't question the leader. Remarkable similarity.

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southern2 10/11/11 - 05:11 am
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Quit trying to take another

Quit trying to take another man's Cadillac, go earn your own!(apologies Mr. Cain)

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Insider Information 10/11/11 - 05:29 am
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If you haven't been to

If you haven't been to YouTube and seen the videos from Atlanta's "protest," that is all you need to see.

These people are really, really strange. Just look at Congressman Lewis' reactions when they refuse to let him speak.

Anytime a group lists "demands," that is mob rule and not democracy.

By the way, what should this mythical 1 percent do? What should these corporations do?

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fatboyhog 10/11/11 - 05:52 am
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Hey, jtra1n...after you are

Hey, jtra1n...after you are done protesting Wall Street's greed, are you going to turn your sights on the "benefit" crowd's greed? They are milking and bleeding us, too ya know. And, I heard some dipwad DEMAND $20 as a minimum wage. Do you believe that the minimum wage should be mandated at $20? I agree that we should stop bailing out corporations as well. They make stupid decisions, they should deal with the consequences. But, greedy, self-centered employees who DEMAND, DEMAND, DEMAND force jobs to leave, you shouldn't get angry. If we cease bailing out greedy corporations for making poor decisions, we should stop bailing out individuals that make poor decisions, too. What say you?

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Brad Owens 10/11/11 - 06:23 am
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Jeff Scott, you are part of

Jeff Scott, you are part of the "1%" huh?

Well please tell us about that.

This is not about taking anything anyone has earned, it is about corrupt abuse of the system that gives a few huge bennies while the little man pays the bill.

So do you support welfare? Because that is what you are advocating, corporate welfare paid for by working people, you know, the 99% that you are showing so much contempt for.

You are right about one thiing, no matter what folks do and no matter what happens, nothing ever changes nor will it.

The poor and working classes have always been exploited by the rich, always have, always will.

Brad

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CorporalGripweed 10/11/11 - 06:24 am
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I know Joey. I like Joey.He's

I know Joey. I like Joey.He's a bright guy and he's right about the people running this town but wrong about the 1%. All the reading and research I've done indicates that less than 10% of the "rich" inherited it. With confiscatory "death tax" policies it's nearly impossible to inherit large amounts of wealth any more. That leaves abot 90% who worked hard or built a company from the ground up invested wisely or own a good sized family farm.
On percentages.....I'm one of the 53% who actually PAY taxes so these people can sit on their rear ends and complain about what they DON"T have. I understand the left's frustration. They've been baited for years by the anti-capilalists who wish to destroy capitalism and now those efforts are bearing fruit. Be careful lefties. When you run all the "evil" rich out of the country there won't be any one left to actually PAY for Utopia.

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Brad Owens 10/11/11 - 06:29 am
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fatboyhog sez, "If we cease

fatboyhog sez, "If we cease bailing out greedy corporations for making poor decisions, we should stop bailing out individuals that make poor decisions, too. What say you?"

DEAL!

100% correct, it is time for folks that are able to earn their way to do so.

Why should the criminals on Wall Street and the bankers get rewarded on our backs for making poor choices and abusing the system to make themsleves even more super rich while we pay the bill?

I agree with your last posting 100%

Brad

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CorporalGripweed 10/11/11 - 06:34 am
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Yeah, I'm not opposed to the

Yeah, I'm not opposed to the uber-rich having to pay a point or two more, but that means we should wean some of the moochers and leeches off the gov. teat as well. Parity as it were.

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Little Lamb 10/11/11 - 06:42 am
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Riverman wrote: The support

Riverman wrote:

The support given to these mindless protestors by Obama is remarkable. Remember when Mao was in trouble in China due to his socialist policies and the people were starving? He unleased the nihilistic Red Guard on every segment of society to maintain power. Down with anything that's not socialist, don't question the leader. Remarkable similarity.

Excellent observation, RM. The Occupy Wall Street protesters are opposed to corporate bail outs and so am I. But it is the government that is authorizing the bail outs with the money coming from the pockets of the people, rich and poor. The protesters need to be protesting government for providing the corporate bail outs.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/11/11 - 06:49 am
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Reporter Gracie Shepherd

Reporter Gracie Shepherd wrote:

Terence Dicks is also a part of Occupy Augusta and a member of the Richmond County Democratic Party’s state committee, but he feels the message of the Occupy movement is one that people of all political persuasions can agree on. “It’s just American,” he said. “If we bail Wall Street out, they should be accountable.”

I'm sorry, but this Terence Dicks fellow is misguided. His last statement about accountability is pablum — easy on the mouth, but no substance. The government bail outs need to end. The government is the source of the problem, not the solution.

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Many Arrows 10/11/11 - 06:55 am
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Sadly, the Dems are hijacking

Sadly, the Dems are hijacking a very legit OWS movement, just like the aprty hack GOPers hijacked the Tea Party. Little Lamb is wrong about who to picket. It needs to be the banks. The banks exist on Fed welfare and as leaches upon savers. The name of the game is to 'recapitalize' the banks by paying depositors NOTHING then loaning it out. The FED is PRIVATE. The banks are private. There is nothing else to do but picket the banks. The FED's largesse comes from its origins in the FEDERAL RESERVE ACT and not actions of Congress. The FED has violated its charter to enrich the bankers, local and otherwise.

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Chillen 10/11/11 - 07:08 am
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Nancy Pelosi on the peaceful,

Nancy Pelosi on the peaceful, patriotic Tea Party movement (with tears in her eyes). The Tea Party - whose ONLY demand is a reduction of federal spending.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u46QoT_eNQ8

Nancy Pelosi on the marxist revolutionaries, hippies, paid protesters, paid union members - you know, the wall street protesters. These protesters who are suggesting cannibalism and murder of CEO's & Wall Street executives, having sex in the park with each other under tarps (how romantic), peeing & pooping everywhere - including on police cars, demanding that their student loans be forgiven by the evil banks (how about the EVIL universities who have doubled tuition & fees?).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEmJWJ-xv6o

Can you smell the stench of Pelosi hypocrisy in the air? Some folks are just a bit misguided. Actually they are totally misguided.

I am noticing a trend however. Most democrats are refraining from aligning themselves with this "group".

A very select few of these protesters is well meaning & has a message worth listening to. The rest are fools or idiots. And the socialists & marxists love it. They are helping to start the revolution that promises to radically transform the USA.

History is repeating itself. You won't like how it ends folks. Study your world history please.

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Many Arrows 10/11/11 - 07:12 am
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Chillen, why do you omit the

Chillen, why do you omit the tea party hijacking by the GOP. You are wrong about OWS. I was watching the calls for this demonstration for weeks before it happened and it absolutely WAS NOT Pelosi, Obama or the Democrats who started this. Wall Street controls the media and the media focused only on the lunatics that flock to every movement, the Tea Party included.

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Chillen 10/11/11 - 07:28 am
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I wonder if Augusta leader

I wonder if Augusta leader Joey Traina is wearing clothing made by corporations? I wonder if the ink for his sign was made by a corporation? I wonder if the cell phone in his pocket was made by a corporation? I wonder if he knows that corporations employ millions of American citizens?

The problem is NOT the corporations.

The problem is corporate cronyism. The politicians and the corporations working together to stomp on American citizens and steal our tax money (think Solyndra, GM, bank bailouts). 80% of the problem is in Washington DC. 20% of the problem is the corporations.

You protesters should get your facts straight before you jump out & try to "change" things. Change needs to happen in Washington first. That will fix the banks & the corporations.

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Chillen 10/11/11 - 07:30 am
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manyarrows. First, I didn't

manyarrows. First, I didn't say who started it so I'm not sure where you got that from. I'm saying who is SUPPORTING it.

You need to do more research. This was not an innocent start up. It was a well coordinated marxist movement. Most of these initial group of folks were paid or were sent there by their unions to protest. They are being served smoke salmon for pete's sake. Who is paying for this?! Someone with very deep pockets and motivation, thats who.

There is an evil undercurrent with this movement. Now I did say that "A very select few of these protesters is well meaning & has a message worth listening to." Overall, this will not be good for America. You can count on that. Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

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Many Arrows 10/11/11 - 07:48 am
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I don't need to do any

I don't need to do any research. There is a group of us out here who get our news and views from a multitude of sources. I read about this protest 3 weeks before it happened and there was MORE ANTIOBAMA discussion in context of it that anything else. I rarely read the Comical any more because Morris News is as biased as Huffington Post. You certainly don't get honest business news in this berg.

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FalseHopeLooseChange 10/11/11 - 08:04 am
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"Can you smell the stench of

"Can you smell the stench of Pelosi hypocrisy"....

That stench of hypocrisy surrounds ALL Democrats, and is the foundation of these deceivers and their liberal/progressive agenda.

Its deed in a crying shame these losers aren't so fed up with capitalism they abandon this country and seek free food, shelter and medical care in some far away place outside of 'right wing conservative influences.

Syria and Egypt are looking for some 'protestors'. Go there and 'occupy' something!!

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BevBoudreaux 10/11/11 - 08:08 am
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I just hope they can give

I just hope they can give this protest a bit more focus and call the right people out. Don't blame "All" corporations. It's not the corporate system that is the problem.. it's crony capitalism, corporate welfare, and corporate fraud, aided and abetted by corrupt politicians. What some of the big banks and big Wall Street financial firms did is no different than what Bernie Madoff did. Instead of being bailed out with our tax money and getting golden parachutes, many of these bankers and CEOs need to get a ticket to jail. On the local front, how many of these big developers have managed to keep their hands in the taxpayer cookie jar and direct all of these big projects to themselves and get sweet-heart insider deals? I'm all for hardworking people striking it big with a great idea and starting a company. But I don't like it when people use inside connections in the government to get special treatment to get rich off of our tax dollars. That's twisting capitalism, and we have a lot of it going on here in Augusta. Hopefully Mr Traina and give this protest a more local focus and call out the right people and not turn it into an anti-capitalism free for all.

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bjphysics 10/11/11 - 08:15 am
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Best summary I have read

Best summary I have read regarding OWS.

“What can we say about the protests? First things first: The protesters’ indictment of Wall Street as a destructive force, economically and politically, is completely right.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/07/opinion/krugman-confronting-the-malefa...

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Chillen 10/11/11 - 08:17 am
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Here's the bottom line

Here's the bottom line America.

The problem is in Washington DC. I said it was 80% them before, but I'll retract that and say it is 99%.

They ALLOW the banks & corporations to steal money from taxpayers (corporate cronyism). They give away 1/2 billion dollar loans to corporations for mere $100,000 political donations (ask obama about Solyndra).

The banks & corporations are in it to make a profit (otherwise why exist). If the money is available to them (for a small donation), why not take it? I would. You would too. Any normal person or company would.

To protest these banks instead of Washington DC is like me going down to known heavily welfare neighborhoods & protesting their use of welfare and calling them greedy. It is made available to them (by who? The Politicians!), of COURSE they are going to take it! They don't donate $100,000 to the politicians, but they do donate their vote in exchange for the welfare goodies.

I've said it before. I'll say it a million times before I die. The problem is in WASHINGTON DC and to a large extent our state & local governments as well. Fix that and you fix America. Stop blaming your fellow man, your fellow man's business and capitalism for the problem.

It's been famously quoted. "It's the politics, stupid."

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BevBoudreaux 10/11/11 - 08:18 am
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There is a big difference

There is a big difference between Wall Street and Main Street. As usual, Wall Street gets the sweet heart deals, the bailouts, the insider connections.. while the small business people on main street get the shaft.. and the bill.

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justthefacts 10/11/11 - 08:29 am
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As someone mentioned earlier,

As someone mentioned earlier, if you haven't watch the video of the Occupy Atlanta crowd and their treatment of John Lewis, you need to. First of all, it's funny as h---, and secondly it tells you all you need to know about these yahoos.

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allhans 10/11/11 - 08:31 am
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The same protestors that

The same protestors that refused to let John Lewis speak. What were they afraid of. Afraid that Lewis might talk about helping and not hurt
ing the country?

I find it hard to see why local Democrats would side with this sort of carrying-on..

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