Spartanburg Occupies GOP Debate at Wofford College

Republican Presidential Debate at Wofford College

via CBSNews.com

On Saturday, November 12, 2011, Occupy Spartanburg members marched alongside union supporters from South Carolina American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) at the CBS News/National Journal Republican Presidential Debate held at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.  Occupy Spartanburg members seized the opportunity to shout messages in support of “the 99 percent” as AFL-CIO members “lobbied for Republican leaders to end attacks on workers for exercising their collective bargaining and freedom of association rights,” according to this GoUpstate.com article.

Occupy Spartanburg’s presence was not an act of demonstration against any presidential candidates or the Republican Party, but instead to “give voice to the concerns of the American people,” as stated by Bobbie Buckner of Inman, SC.

See this video from Patch.com by Jeff Brush featuring supporters Bobbie Buckner, Jeanne Reinman, Judy Dodd, Lynne Holcombe, Calvin Bennett.

Sources:

GoUpstate.com:  Union Supporters March on GOP Debate at Wofford College

Occupy Group Protests Outside GOP Presidential Debate at Wofford

Patch.com:  Protesters:  South Carolina Not Just for Republicans

Post Author:  Rebecca Williams

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“Spartanburg is Currently Occupied” by Bryan Teague

The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread like wildfire all over the nation, and Spartanburg is no exception to these flames of political dissent. It didn’t take long before our very own Morgan Square became occupied.

What is it all about? What’s the message? Good question. In truth, each individual has their own reasons to be out in the city square voicing their political frustrations. The main thing one hears is the need to keep corporate special interests from influencing politicians. The income and taxation gap between the mega-rich and the rest of us is a highlighted topic as well. The other topics are as numerous as the participants, and all well worth a listen.

Locally, the lack of central leadership could be seen as a curse and a blessing in this fledgling operation. It makes it very difficult to summarize itself in a way that seems fair to all the participants. The wide variety of political ideals, philosophies, and moral constructs offer about as diverse a group as one could imagine. While it is inclusive to that extent, keeping everyone happy about what direction to take, and how to get there will be a hard road to travel.

The main thing is that people are standing up for their beliefs, whatever those beliefs may be. United in the fact that government has lost sight of why it was created in the first place, to benefit the people.

In this day and age when social and economic calamity seems commonplace, it’s encouraging that individuals are poised to stand up and peacefully assert themselves. The power of calling together the 99% is a lot more than just a slogan; it’s a revolution.

Post Author:  Bryan Teague

Posted by:  Rebecca Williams

More Reader Essays to Come?

Contributions are welcomed!

Please submit your Reader Essays to occupyspartanburg@gmail.com with the subject line “reader essays.”

Thanks!

Rep. Michele Bachmann Forced Off Stage in Charleston, SC.

Bachmann Interrupted at Charelston, SC Speech

Screenshot via MSNBC

On Thursday, November 10, 2011, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared the USS Yorktown in Charleston, SC to deliver a speech on foreign policy where she was verbally forced off stage approximately eight minutes into her address by Charleston supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  After having been escorted off stage by police, her own supporters quieted the protesters by shouting and chanting “USA, USA.”  The protesters left on their own accord and Bachmann reappeared on stage moments later, asking, “Don’t you love the First Amendment?”
According to Examiner.com, Occupy Charleston offered this press release shortly after the event:

“Today Occupy Charleston invoked the first amendment at a speech by presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. Together in unison we took advantage of the moment to address the system and the people within it as to the unjust role of corporate money in politics. Michele Bachmann was not our target in this action; she is a representative of the institutional and legal corruption that has infected our country – a system of corruption that values profit over people and is driven by the financial interest of the few against the many.”

You can find WCBD TV’s news coverage of the event here:  Occupy Charleston Protestors Take Over Bachmann’s Speech

More sources here:

Examiner.com:  Occupy Charleston Occupies Local Bachmann Event

MSNBC.com:  ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protesters Interrupt Bachmann Speech

Yahoo.com:  Occupy Protesters Interrupt Michele Bachmann Speech in South Carolina

Post Author:  Rebecca Williams

National News Coming Soon!

Check back here for updates on the Occupy movement across the nation!

Spartanburg News Coming Soon!

Check back for news about the movement in Spartanburg!

EVENT: Republican Presidential Debate

Wofford

Wofford College to host Republican presidential debate Saturday, Nov. 12.

Join us in a demonstration at the upcoming CBS News/ National Journal Republican presidential debate.

Date:  Saturday, November 12, 2011

Time:  Demonstration from 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Debate begins at 8:00pm

Location:  Wofford College

RSVP on the Facebook event page here:  Demonstration at Repub Pres Candidate Debate

Related articles on the upcoming debate:

Spring Valley Patch:  Wofford College Prepares for National Stage

CBS News:  CBS News, National Journal to Host Republican Debate on Nov. 12

Post Author:  Rebecca Williams

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