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'Occupy Martinez' Was Small But Noisy On Monday Morning

The group was protesting corporate and government greed, said organizer Dan Phillips. What do you think about it? Take our poll.

Dan Phillips stood urging drivers on Pacheco Boulevard Monday morning to honk in support of his Occupy Martinez demonstration. Some did. Others offered a well-known finger instead. 

But Phillips and the six other Occupy Martinez protesters who gathered in front fo the Shell Refinery were undaunted by the people who expressed anger at their presence. Phillips said just getting the issues out there was the point of the protest.

"It's fine if there are people who are not for us," he said. "Our messages are getting through to every car. We want to encourage this conversation." 

Phillips said the group was focusing on four main messages. Those messages include:

1. Government and big business "being in bed together," Phillips said. "At a time when big business should be held more accountable, they're being held less accountable." 

2. Corrupt politicians.

3. Greedy CEO's "who make way too much money." 

4. Bankers. 

Though the group on Monday was small, Phillips said he hopes the Martinez movement will gain momentum and grow into something resembling the Occupy movements in Oakland and Berkeley. 

"We're not certain about our next steps," he said. "We may apply to the city for a camp site. We'll see if the city will give us a legal place to do it." 

Jim Caroompas November 15, 2011 at 05:56 AM
When it comes to polls, Patrick, there just is no pleasing you. I'm glad you made up your own choice.
Chris Kapsalis November 15, 2011 at 01:33 PM
I picked "I don't care either way", but it just sounds so cold. I need to explain why I picked that. I would probably support it, but I would have to worry about being seen the few times a year I have to shop at Walmart. Otherwise, the drive to get a few things would mean more gas, and we all know what that means. I choose to shop local more and also divert as much money possible from the 1%ers into my own pocket as I can, giving me more money to eat out and buy guitars and stuff. I will however read and learn and vote.
Patrick J. McNamara November 15, 2011 at 02:57 PM
It's true Jim. I am a poll curmudgeon.
Carolyn November 15, 2011 at 05:59 PM
I do and I don't. I hate the way Oakland and some of the bigger groups are protesting. I don't think any protest should effect others and make it difficult for small business to opperate. I don't like the taking over of city parks or plaza's. I don't know what the answer is but I have such mixed feelings. The protests look so radical I don't like that.
Doc Holidaze November 16, 2011 at 05:51 AM
I haven’t had time to attend any of the “Occupations”. I’ve lost my “occupation” several times in the last ten years. If I wasn’t busy trying to make money because I had work, I might have joined the “movement”. The problem with this movement is that ANYone can complain. But as an American, what can we do about it? MY PROPOSALS:: 1) Criminalize lobbying in Washington. Corporations aren’t people. Send lobbyists to jail—btw: they are the root cause of the bank issues. Yes, this will also rid us of other special interest groups like the Sierra Club etc…so be it. One person, one vote. Special interests are NOT a person.. 2) Flat tax. Everyone pays 17%. One percent goes to election “campaigns”. No one may donate ANY money to a single party. Every candidate has the same amount of money to campaign with. I realize that deductions on income tax are the biggest hurdle to making this happen, but seriously 17% would be less than ANY other country and still fix our deficit. 3) Get rid of loopholes and “special” privileges for Congress. This means NO insider trading—no trading at all while serving. And force them to buy the same health care offered to unemployed people through COBRA. The Congress should be made up of elected “citizens”. Serving for the People of America should be the ONLY pay off for these people. BTW: Cut their pay in half. CARE TO SPREAD THESE IDEAS?

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