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About 300 attend Occupy Youngstown rally downtown

Published: Sat, October 15, 2011 @ 9:35 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Gage expressed a combination of uncertainty, concern and anger while trying to face away from a stiff wind.

More specifically, the Struthers High School junior is uncertain of her future, concerned about whether she will be able to afford to attend college and find a job, and angry by what she sees as the country’s wealthiest people failing to

create jobs and pay their fair share in taxes.

“The middle class is working harder than [the top 1 percent] and making nothing. The rich want to take their benefits away,” she said.

Rather than stewing in her anger, however, Alyssa became one of an estimated 300 people of all ages and walks of life to take part in today’s Occupy Youngstown rally on Central Square.

The peaceful outdoor gathering was an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street protests that have galvanized people worldwide who are angry by what they see as unchecked corporate greed by the richest 1 percent who control a disproportionate amount of wealth; fraudulent home-foreclosure practices by many large banks; too much corporate money in and influence on elections; a variety of social and economic inequalities; and a lack of good-paying jobs and health care for many poor and middle-class families.

Many also called for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For the complete story, read Sunday's Vindicator and Vindy.com


1db(280 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Get out the bong & the headbands; they don't know what they're protesting but they're protesting.

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2drpautot(70 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Get a grip db, if you actually would have showed up and talked to people, you might have known that there were people there from all walks of life from students to seasoned health care professionals who have degrees and help mentally ill and autistic children. Not every protester is a hippie, or unemployed. Some of us have a reason to protest. What have you accomplished lately? did you lose your nest egg when A.I.G. went under? you must all be really comfy on that high horse

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3UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

"Occupy" in Youngstown is being hijacked by the Ohio Democratic Party and the public employee unions for their own greedy selfish purposes. What started out as a good thing has turned partisan and bad.

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4Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Does she realize half of America doesn't even pay taxes. Is that really fair?

Here is the real issue at hand: Why should I work hard to make money and pay taxes for services for those who don't pay any taxes at all?

And this whole notion that the rich don't work hard is a lie. Tell Bruce Zoldan or Anthony Cafaro or Eddie DeBartolo or Sam Covelli that they didn't work to get to where they are at. Contrary to this populist belief, there are a lot of people who worked hard to make their fortunes and if I was any one of those people in this area I would be insulted.

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5blutarsky(25 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

i have an idea to got those hippis to go home. send the police down there with bars of soap, job applications, and tell them they will have to move out of moms basement if they don't leave. the flea party is over democrats, go home and take a bath.

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

The goal is to liquidate the corporations, share in the booty and complain once again that there are no jobs .

High fuels prices caused by the liberal failure to stimulate domestic drilling put us in this quandary .

The cycle repeats itself with cries of stopping drilling once again .

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7db(280 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

lemmee see; the Occupy Wall Street movement has a few from the American socialist party, a few from the anti-capitalist movement, the class warfare/class envy faction locally led by dpautot, then there's the environmentalist faction, plus the angry unemployed, a few protesting the political process, and the rebellious free spirits, and lastly the unwashed bohemians who simply like a good protest. Ytown only had about twenty in all eating free soup and pumpkin pie; most here must be intelligent enough to see that there is no substance to this event and there is no underlying theme. I like the kid who said that he didn't know what he was protesting but he wanted to show solidarity!? Sounds like just another Saturday night at the Lemon Grove.

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8Shepard(3 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

What is sad is that a lot of people (Mostly Republicans) do not have the mental capacity to even know why these people are protesting. They keep saying these people protesting do not know. Oh but they do. Goes to show you that these republicans still do not get it! Will not learn, and do not have the capacity to comprehend what is going on.

The problem is, Most working people believe the glass is half full. The republicans just think the glass belongs to them.

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9db(280 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Occupy Wall Street wants to have a unified message? Protest unfair anti-American trade policies that killed our manufacturing base. Protest government programs that reward & promote unproductive behavior. Protest high taxes that takes away initiative & discretionary spending. Now you have a true middle class message that is valid.

These protesters today are too fragmented. They do not have a unified message and simply come across as a bunch of losers & malcontents looking for something to do. Maybe Shepard can be their spokesman and enlighten the rest of us as to what he THINKS they want since they haven't been able to articulate their message for themselves (besides free potato soup, pumpkin pie, and something free to do).

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10cambridge(4150 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

You'll all find out what they are protesting about November 2012.

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11LoveWins(35 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

The Occupy Movement is one of the most encouraging things I've seen out of Generation X so far.

As for all of the comments about not knowing what they're protesting for, it seems pretty simple to me: greed. Along with that, thanks to that greed and selfishness, generation X has been screwed over by the generation before, and now they're the ones that are whining and making fun of us for being upset about it. How can we change things? By letting people know we're upset. That's really all we can do, since both sides of the political game are controlled by corporations. There are no jobs. There is hardly a future for those of us that are working hard in college, and all of the values that our parents taught us about budgeting, studying, keeping debt away-seem pointless.

We are protesting the fact that we've been robbed of our futures.

Thanks, Wall Street. Thanks Bankers. Thanks greedy Baby Boomers that stole opportunities for your own children.

Disgruntled soon-to-be college graduate that feels like all the work I've put in is useless.

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12republicanRick(1736 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

God Bless America !!!

We will no longer allow greedy public union thugs to bankrupt towns and communities with their unfair wage and pension demands.

America will recover from these crooks and towns will begin to prosper again.

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13TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

This 17 year old is truly an expert on the subject she speaks. Her life experiences and understanding at age 17 are bound to be extremely material.

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14Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Corporate America is oppressing the masses and must be destroyed . Welfare will nourish the masses . . ..


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15rocky14(839 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

At least these 300 people got off their a$$ and did something---unlike you deadhead rednecks.

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16oldsouthhighwarrior(24 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

common, you talked about kevin. is that nancy's son. pass the bill and then we will know whats in it. think he's running for congress same thinking in good ol nancy's demo's give them what they want everthing free and they will come and vote us back in. and we will be just as nice as Greece broke

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17rocky14(839 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Was that English that I just read??

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18AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


1, Bush and Obama's tax cuts were suppose to create jobs, atleast that what teapubs keep saying. Cut taxes and jobs will come. Didn't work.

2. My property taxes are lower then I paid 3 years ago.

3. Many free trade agreements were in place long before Obama

4. Gas was over $3.00 before Obama took office.

It does not matter to Teapubs what is being protested. No matter how many times they are told, teapubs keep asking "what is being protested". Its like telling a brick wall, teapubs won't and don't listen.
They just don't want the rich pay any taxes.

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19author50(1121 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I hear that Comrade Bob, Comrade Jacob and Comrade Looie are going to be baptising the Occupy Youngstown crowd in the Mahoning River by pouring hard earned taxpayerdollars over the chosen one's heads. After that, they will retire to HQ (The Taxpayer funded Lemon Grove) for a free cookie, but Comrade Jacob has increased the price of his milk to a $1 a cup to help pay for the $1200 a month rent in his luxury apartment in the Realty Towers (funded by the taxpayers too).

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20Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Stan is right . We need to put down the workers and make more slaves
PLEASE write in Stan for sheriff and he will put a stop to this with gun and club .
We need Stan the man He's got all right answers and know how to do the job Stan is our man . and maybe we can go for GOV. Governor Stan be still my heart

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21Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

My friend not so Freeatlast is a prisoner of the system . His crusade against those oppressive corporations who force people to work for wages is in full swing . They must be taxed out of existence to allow the people to be free . Totally free and sustained by the welfare system .

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22ghostofjohnyoung(163 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

/ Jacob has increased the price of his milk to a $1 a cup to help pay for the $1200 a month rent in his luxury apartment in the Realty Towers (funded by the taxpayers too). /

That's a real zinger. Ouch! Too bad it's true.

We need a master inventory of these PROjects, the welfare handouts for the "well to do". You know, the developers, large land speculators, budding restaurateurs with no experience but good connections and an ability to sop up the money.

It's kind of like with these folks listening to the church of sin where the preacher is smoking dope, having sex with the flock and then having the audacity to pass the donation plate around.

Can I get an amen?

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