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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

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