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Occupy Wall Street Comes to Asheville

by Grace Hatton, staff writer

For almost a month protesters have been making their home on Wall Street in New York City. This unusual protest has lit the social media world on fire.

Although there has been little media coverage for the first three weeks, people around the country are intrigued and inspired by this protest.

Their website, www.occupywallst.org, tells us that the protest is ‘a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions’ whose one common denominator is belonging to the 99% who are bearing the brunt of austerity measures while the perpetrators of the economic crisis continue to reap enormous profits.

According to the website, the 99% will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.’

This movement is spreading across the country and has now arrived in Asheville. For a little over a week protesters in Asheville, including many Wilson students, have been camping out on our own Wall Street. They are doing their part to support the movement and make a statement to the current financial system of the United States.

Several Warren Wilson students are passionate about this issue and will be travelling to New York to join the main Wall Street protest over fall break.

Occupy Asheville has a website and Facebook group set up in order to help organize their efforts. Occupy Asheville hopes to support the efforts of the main New York Occupy Wall street protest and create lasting change. On September 30th, the New York Occupy Wall street released an official document issues their list of problems they hoped to solve with the protest and a manifesto to people across the country.

‘To the people of the world, We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power. Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone. To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal. Join us and make your voices heard!’

It is clear the Asheville community has heard that call and is responding with the Occupy Asheville movement.

For more information on the New York movement visit www.occupywallst.org and for more information on the Asheville movement and how to get involved visit www.occupyasheville.org

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