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Burn barrels will return, Occupy Youngstown vows



Published: Sun, November 13, 2011 @ 12:04 a.m.

By Karl Henkel

khenkel@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The tarp and burn barrel will soon return to Central Square, members of the Occupy Youngstown movement said Saturday.

Despite Police Chief Rod Foley’s order to remove those items, along with a tent, three chairs and several wooden signs, Friday, the group said it isn’t going anywhere and will begin to prep for chilly weather conditions in the coming weeks.

“We’re going to try and set up the tarp like we had it before,” said Jarrod Badgett, a 22-year-old member from Canfield who has logged about 100 hours per week at the site.

The group made the decision after a meeting earlier in the day that was attended by about 30 members.

Jessica Arnold, 29, of Youngstown, said the group will look for a new burn barrel, possibly with help from a local union.

She said the group is confused about why the barrel was taken away.

She said Councilwoman Annie Gillam actually had the first burn barrel delivered to the site.

“You can understand our confusion on things,” Arnold said.

One member, a veteran, Sean O’Toole, 61 of Warren, questioned Mayor Chuck Sammarone’s timing.

The items were removed Friday — Veterans Day — and in the early morning, when only four members were present.

“Why did he pick Veterans Day to take away our free speech?” O’Toole said.

Members also said they think city officials are doing a disservice to those members of the community living in poverty, because Occupy Youngstown has provided food, beverages and shelter to those in need.

They also cited a Nov. 3 Vindicator article that detailed Youngstown’s nation-high 49.7 percent poverty rate.

“We’re helping those without food,” Arnold said. “That’s all the more reason for us to be out there.”

Members said Saturday they will respect police and fire workers if they return and take away Occupy Youngstown’s belongings, because “they’re just following orders.”


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1pgurney(246 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

"“Why did he pick Veterans Day to take away our free speech?” O’Toole said."

Uh, taking away a burn barrel took away their free speech??? ooooK....

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2drpautot(68 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Lets see how easy it is for you to talk with hypothermia? To most of the posers posting on here, you see with a slanted view of what this entire revolution is for. If they take away your right to assembly for free speech (under the guise of ordinances they never enforce.. like the open container laws violated daily as well as pan handling), does it really matter if they do it in Oakland or Ohio?

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3captdinger(108 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

"drpautot" Why can't they protest in the warmth of a voting booth? I think they could get a lot more done and it's definitely a lot warmer.

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4ugottabkiddinme(3 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I was downtown all day Monday and these people looked like they were homeless. I understand why the city wants it cleaned up. This guy says he's there 100 hours a week. He needs to spend more time doing something more than holding a sign unless it states "will work for food."

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5YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

SAMMARONE IS A ZOMBIE!!!!!!!!!!!
I SAW IT ON THE TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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6YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

HE WANTS A BRAIN!!!!!!!!!!
BRAINS BRAINS BRAINS FOR SAMARONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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7ytownsteelman(616 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Its time for zero tolerance. Cite them for even the most minor infractions until they vacate our downtown. They have made their point and now they are losing credibility. Articles like this show that they do not have the same regard for law and order that the Tea Party and the population in general does.

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8Iwannamove(61 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

The Tea Party has a regard for law and order? Yes there own law

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9author50(1121 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Move it to The Lemon Grove!

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10howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

@ R1200GS We had a propane heater, which we were told to get rid of as it poses a risk of explosion, we complied and the burn barrel was provided for us as an alternative.

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11futureboy111(3 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Most of these people are probably extreme left wing "environmentalists" who apparently oppose polluting the air unless it keeps their own butts warm. As someone else said, these losers already made their point (whatever it was), and should go do something productive with their lives.

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12Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

What is the goal of the occupation ?

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13Lifes2Short(3867 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Stan

My thoughts exactly.

pgunery

"“Why did he pick Veterans Day to take away our free speech?” O’Toole said."
Uh, taking away a burn barrel took away their free speech??? ooooK....

My thoughts exactly on your comment.

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14Boardman120(82 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

@author50: My thoughts exactly. The Lemon Grove has a nice little outdoor patio area on their front sidewalk. It has tables and chairs, and is fenced in. Jacob could let them use the restrooms for bathroom breaks and washing, and he could even feed them 24/7. I'm sure he would give them permission to use a burn barrel on his property.

I think Jacob Harver should put his money where his mouth is and give the Occupiers a permanent home in front of his restaurant.

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15Boardman120(82 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Stan,
I've been asking that since this nonsense started. What exactly do these people want? $20/hr minimum wage? Ain't gonna happen. (Wonder what Jacob Harver thinks this would do to his business?) Debt forgiveness for everyone, everywhere? What are you smoking? "Living Wage" regardless of employment status? Are you nuts?!

Do these people want something? Or do they just want to look like a Depression Era shanty town?

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16redvert(2005 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

For all of you dirtbags that are against the various Occupy movements, listen to this lady explain what it is all about better than anyone I have heard so far. I think her speech should be the theme for the movement.

Tell me what you think after listening to her!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW56Z-...

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17Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Now I'm really confused . This is totally over my head . (-:

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18Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

After doing some research to find the true meaning of the occupation I have come up with the following . . ..

Jarrod Badgett

http://courts.mahoningcountyoh.gov/pa...

08/01/2008 CRIMINAL COMPLAINT FILED DID RECEIVE RETAIN OR DISPOSE OF CERTAIN PROPERTY, BEING ONE ACER LAPTOP COMPUTER (SERIAL #LXTH1060227210E8F22505) THE PROPERTY OF ANOTHER, THE MAHONING COUNTY CAREER AND TECHNICAL CENTER, THE SAID JARROD S. BADGETT, KNOWING OR HAVING REASONABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE SAID PROPERTY HAD BEEN OBTAINED THROUGH THE COMMISSION OF A THEFT OFFENSE; IN VIOLATION OF SECTION 2913.51(A) OF THE REVISED CODE RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY 2913.51(A) F-5

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19redvert(2005 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Stan, are you questioning the integrity of one of these participants? I am shocked!!!

"But judge, I thought $25 for a laptop was just too good a deal to pass up"

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20Boardman120(82 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

redvert: that video is absolute perfection. That woman should be the official Occupiers' spokeswoman. Articulate and concise, she is the typical liberal.

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21Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

redvert :

"Stan, are you questioning the integrity of one of these participants?"

Not at all . . ..

If Jarrod's computer hadn't been confiscated and he wasn't persecuted for the mere possession of it this young man would not be bitter today . We must be tolerant toward the culture of others . In his case we may have to make amends to ease the bitterness . . ..

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22redvert(2005 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Boardman, I am sure a lot of the "supporters" watched the video but for some reason they have decided not to comment. I guess there is nothing they can really add to her eloquent verbal presentation.

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23redvert(2005 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Hey artist, just think, if Sammarone got a brain he could accomplish as much for Ytown as that clown Williams did. Is that what you are saying?

ps: Your cap lock button is stuck!

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24Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Is there some reason why this has made the front page? Just saying, you have about seven or eight people down there at a time---and that is being generous.

The point is, WHO CARES? You would have a lot more people down there under 3 circumstances:

1.) Issue 2 was still going on.

2.) There were more people without jobs and cared enough to participate.

3.) There was any interest whatsoever.

When you have 7 or 8 people down there at any given time claiming to represent the 99% of a population of about 200,000 (twice that if you include Trumbull County), that hardly is enough to garner any kind of media attention.

And yet we keep trying to make an issue out of this. Put this one to bed, please.

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25Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Why it is a good idea to take a break from doing drugs...

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

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26Lifes2Short(3867 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

redvert

I don't think she even knows where shes at. haha

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