Occupy Martinez Holds A Large Rally On Alhambra Avenue Thursday

Over 100 people show up to demonstrate against corporate greed and shrinking wages.

by Bay City News

Occupy Martinez held its second demonstration late this afternoon -- this time drawing a crowd of over 100 compared to just six demonstrators during the group's first event on Monday.

Members of local organized labor and political groups gathered for the protest in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement at 4:30 p.m. today on sidewalks near the intersection of Alhambra and Walnut avenues.

By 5 p.m., about 75 demonstrators were in attendance, most holding signs with slogans such as "People Before Profits" and "Invest in Me", while others chanted, "We are the 99 percent!"

Martinez resident Robin Martini, 28, was among the demonstrators at Occupy Martinez this evening, chatting with fellow protesters with her sleeping four-month-old daughter strapped to her chest.

Martini said she was inspired to help bring people together for a local Occupy event after regularly attending Occupy Oakland demonstrations in recent weeks, and thought it was time to create a similar outlet closer to home.

"I'm doing this for her," she added, gesturing to her infant daughter.

Dozens of local labor unions members were also at the rally, including several members of Public Employees Union Local 1, which represents Contra Costa County public employees.

For Local 1 representative Frank Mata, 59, who joined many of his fellow union members during the demonstration in Martinez this evening, Occupy Wall Street coincides with union members' ongoing contract negotiations with the county.

"They want us to pay more for our health and retirement benefits...the people at the top aren't being asked to contribute to any of these," he said.

Occupy Martinez organizers said they have not yet planned their next event, but expect to hold a rally in front of the Bank of America in downtown Martinez in the coming weeks.

Alex Cortlund November 29, 2011 at 03:08 AM
sean, what were you trying to accomplish with your rant? Do you think you illuminated your point of view or made it visible to anyone but you. Or were you simply expressing your fear, confusion and frustration in the only thoughts and words you have at your disposal? For your own sake, stop, step back and look at the world and our pressing social problems with fresh eyes. Not with the prescribed view of how you want it to be, it should be or how it used to be, but how it is in current real time. Stop calling people names and condemning what you don't agree with and learn to contribute to solutions rather than discord. 99% of us ARE in the same boat, but we are running out of gas and traveling without a rudder. I'm not sure who the 1% are, but I am convinced they are running the show, and I suspect they are thrilled by our bickering, have plenty of gas and will continue to manipulate the social scene. I apologize if my point of view is contrary to what you need to believe, but true freedom of speech can only be expressed when it is open to everybody.
Kristin Henderson November 29, 2011 at 04:46 AM
Kristin Henderson November 29, 2011 at 04:49 AM
http://www.aclu.org/blog/tag/National%20Defense%20Authorization%20Act Be careful what you say here, lest those who have a special connection to the powers that be turn you in.
George Thomas Kysor November 29, 2011 at 04:59 AM
You've got to be kidding!
Alex Cortlund November 29, 2011 at 05:14 AM
I hope you're right, George, but I'm afraid the climate may be fertile for this kind of paranoid thinking and vigilante cowardice. Maybe not,
Linda Meza November 29, 2011 at 05:17 AM
Alex, you really need to read up the chain a bit. Rumor has it I'm closely related to Joesph McCarthy.
George Thomas Kysor November 29, 2011 at 05:26 AM
Caution when discussing peaceful protesting? Stop pulling my leg!
Kristin Henderson November 29, 2011 at 05:51 AM
Hey Bill, could you give me a journal or news reference to BofA and others taking TARP funds so smaller banks did not get singled out? The chivalry of that scenario seems improbable. AIG is now a four letter word, btw. Goldman Sachs. Ford. And although those names are not banks, but their banks were knowingly tied to the speculative investment scenarios. Banks ask for reporting. Nothing is as simple as you all describe it. Book recommendation: "The Big Short" by Micheal Lewis. The deregulation by Republican presidencies precipitated the highly, highly risky investments. The people who benefited from these invested their monies in countries with no labor laws. So yes, Bill, you are correct, we should make the legislature make the banks accountable and regulated. The financial giants greedtarded themselves, and this country. Dear public, just like historic preservation--read up on how it works so that you can make informed decisions and actions. Bill, if youre right about the "singled out" stuff, please could you give me a reference? Thanks.
Kristin Henderson November 29, 2011 at 05:58 AM
No nonsensical back and forthing, ya'll. But seriously, yes, a bill is about to be passed where based on rumor alone the military can arrest and detain indefinitely anyone who may seem, well, rebellious. So, given what has already happened here, and on Patch, think about it. I only posted the OWS link to show that they do have agendas, THEN I posted the AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION link. I hope you know who they are. However, please Google the issue. Here's a WP article (which seems more like a legislators' agenda) but just so you know its real: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/defense-bill-gives-military-too-much-responsibility-for-detainees/2011/11/28/gIQAbbAO6N_story.html Actually, Joseph McCarthy, well while misguided, was a very very brilliant man. Also he was paranoid of communism and so, burned down in some way or other books and actors and all sorts of things and people. Meanwhile, read the articles on the National Defense Act. It's real. It's not my paranoia, but it is information. You can also just go to the Senate Web site and read it. Have fun. And, do watch what you say.
Alex Cortlund November 29, 2011 at 06:35 AM
The problem with internet information and or intentional misinformation is that anyone can produce it without just concern or honest motives, Instead of accepting or rejecting this food for thought as gospel, buyers of such stuff would best be served by passing it through the brain rather than their gut and think it through critically rather than through the fire and ice of malignant emotion. Caveat emptor ya'll!
George Thomas Kysor November 29, 2011 at 07:46 AM
"Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." - Amendment 1 of the United States Constitution
Chris Kapsalis November 29, 2011 at 10:24 AM
Have you read the patriot Act?
tony November 29, 2011 at 03:35 PM
It is never easy to be a cop. I know, I did it for over thirty years. I stood on protests lines all over Berkeley and Oakland. If you think that the protestors have all been so undoubtedly "peaceful" as described in this blog then you are easily influenced, blinded by your desire to speak so freely as to ignore the obvious. As each article refers to camping on the city lawns.......is it impossible for you to see the lawns are gone...........destroyed..............by the very encampment. Don't destroy property as you make your point is my free speech. Much of being a good citizen is understanding the time period you live in, and then adjusting to it. It may very well be the era when one needs to have two jobs to make it. A full time one and a part time one. But then again, spending weeks destroying the parks and plazas leaves some time for neither, except for let me blame others and demand to be taken care of. That really is the heart of the message..........
Kristin Henderson November 29, 2011 at 03:39 PM
OWS, the ACLU, and a senator's opinion page on the Washington Post cannot all be telling the same lie at once. Anyway, I learned a great new word which I had to look up on the Internet: "Caveat emptor". Thanks Alex. Seriously. OK, I will let someone else dominate the board. Have the last word. Throw out peanuts even. Hopeful it will not be insulting, reductive, or uninformed. Have a nice day!
Linda Meza November 29, 2011 at 03:42 PM
And if you read the recap of the UC Regents meeting, they apparently believe grandma and grandpa need to pony up... "Students' demanded regents sign a "pledge" that they would fight to raise taxes on the wealthy, close corporate loopholes and end Prop. 13, the state's historic cap on property taxes."
Kristin Henderson November 29, 2011 at 03:46 PM
And, anyone on this board who pellmell has used the police and the justice system to avenge anyone who sneezes in the wrong direction, and who gets special favors by way of a very misunderstood connection, should reveal themselves so that people know how on an even local level, police force is used against innocent people and righs violated. Yes, it happens right here and right now. But even calling someone "ridiculous" and belittling their lives is a form of force in order to control. Just please be aware.
tony November 29, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Linda what is never discussed about the rising tuition fees, the same professors who stand and support the "complaining students" are knocking down $200,000 -300,000 a year and teach 5-6 hours a week 9 months of the year. Take a long look at what is causing the inflated tuitions......it is the same who profess! Of course they support the students and their demands......keeps attention off of them, the true root cause.
George Thomas Kysor November 29, 2011 at 06:57 PM
Chris, why do you imply that the Constitution doesnt take precedence?
Chris Kapsalis November 29, 2011 at 08:01 PM
I don't and I am not a big fan of the Patriot Act, but the Constitution is amended all the time. Changes as things change. I will remind you that when it was written it was legal to take land from native Americans, women could not vote and slavery was legal. So thankfully things do change, not always for the better. If you believe we have free speech, then try to joke about some things we used to, even in cartoons, and see if you don't get on the no fly list or are arrested and questioned. I made a comic about something 5 years ago and lost my AOL account and it was nothing more than you would have seen in a bugs bunny cartoon. Times have certainly changed since 911.
George Thomas Kysor November 29, 2011 at 08:45 PM
This 7-minute video debate between a OWS/Socialist advocate and an anti-FED/Capitalist advocate should be of interest here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRYk4PobHx4
George Thomas Kysor November 29, 2011 at 08:48 PM
Chris, the Constitution is the basic law of the United States. Freedom of speech is an enumerated right, i.e., it cannot even be amended away! "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech..." means just that. Therefore, any law Congress makes that abridges freedom of speach is unconstitutional.
Chris Kapsalis November 29, 2011 at 09:16 PM
I agree with you, however the Supream Court did not. The Patriot act took away many of our rights to keep us safer I guess. One is they can listen to our phone calls, open our mail if they feel it is suspicious, and even detain us without trial or an attorney, not read us our rights and so on, if they feel we might be a terrorist or supporting a terror group. This could be as simple as a few red flag words you say, or your nationality or family, firends, religion (Islam) and a few other criteria. Many were put on the no fly list for havig a similar name to a known terrorist. Or who knows why sometimes. It is all legal and spelled out in the Patriot act. I could not believe it when it went through. We sometimes might be aq little unsafe for our freedoms and rights, like allowing people to own guns, travel about without filing a trip plan, but say in some countries you might be a little safer, but at what price? Not one I would want here in America.
George Thomas Kysor November 29, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Chris, I have directly quoted the wording where freedom of speech is Constitutionally protected, but I can't see where you have directly quoted the particular words in a law passed by Congress that abridge the freedom of speech.
Cheryll November 30, 2011 at 01:08 AM
i am speechless...
debra November 30, 2011 at 04:07 AM
what kind of cool aid are you drinking. crazy punch
debra November 30, 2011 at 04:29 AM
Frank. linda most certainly does not live in her own world. she makes understandable logical comments they make sense are respectful,clear and very informative and educated. I have seen linda every where she is a awsome townswomen. a very nice person and seems to contribute time to this community. quite the oppisite of your angry confussing babble. why she continues to try and educate you on the basics is her buissness.probly because she is an awsome person.
debra November 30, 2011 at 04:49 AM
well about linda having anyone removed what ever talk to jim, he seems to protect the women linda is a great person but jim and i both no he allows hope to say what ever nasty lies she can come up with and there are others. they flirt with him and he is puddy in their hands. it has nothing to do with rights it has to do with who he favors and really if posting on patch is so important you are affraid youll be blocked get a life. this is a little ridiculaous forum of angry hateful people you notice its always the same people and they seem to spend so much time here so basically if you sing a song and flirt with jim you can do whatever you like lol
Paul L Wilson November 30, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Debra I am happy that you have found Linda. Linda is a great person and you should hold her up as your roll model. As per my statement above I believe it to be true and correct. As you believe in your statement about Jim and Hope are true and correct. Your are right it is “angry hateful people you notice its always the same people” are you now becoming one of them.
Linda Meza November 30, 2011 at 06:03 PM
Despite the Goebbels school of thought - repeating a lie often enough does not make it true. Happy Holidays Paul.
Jim Caroompas (Editor) November 30, 2011 at 06:27 PM
Ok. After more than 200 comments, I think we've pretty much come to the end of this thread. Thanks to everyone for a lively and entertaining debate.


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