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But with the upcoming elections, both groups seem to determined to oppose the two-party system in November. "When Obama comes back to the area for a fund-raiser, I will be out there, too," said Stein. "Romney and Obama are two wings of the same bird. It's the same ugly people; it's the same ugly system on both sides."
About an hour into the protest, after most reporters had departed the scene, several of the Occupiers, including Larsen, ventured over to the Tea Party crowd in an effort to spark a dialogue that might bridge the gap between the two movements. "It's interesting to think a politician such as Ron Paul, whom I strongly disagree with on domestic and economic issues, can also be so on the mark with foreign policy and citizen-rights issues," Larsen said.
"We're all pissed off at Romney," he continued. "I guess the fact both us and the Ron Paul guys are out here is not a good sign for him, now is it?"
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This article appeared in print as "The Billionaire's Club: Mitt Romney fund-raiser in Newport Beach brings equal loathing from Occupiers and Tea Partiers."
That's my sense of it too -- and Necessity Village was quite successful. All Occupy activists in OC have been "punching above our weight."
We in Occupy OC were in Irvine for 88 days without breaking for so much as a second. The GA moved to Fullerton for another 55 straight days. Those remaining -- many of them homeless rather than activists, then survived for two weeks in Huntington Beach, but most of the long-timers were worn out by that point. We've kept in touch online, attending some of the Santa Ana GA's, and are now getting back into gear. We have a substantial nucleus of people who already know each other and understand the general idea of Occupy; we have a significant head start when it comes to activism -- as I think the quickly put together but fun and effective Romney fundraiser action demonstrates.
While you say in your opinion, Occupy shares with the Tea Party public perception as a "caricature of itself, with intense media scrutiny over fringe members and tactics", I must say I disagree with your opinion. Tea Party started out grass roots, but was quickly coopted by Karl Rove, no longer grass roots. Occupy is still a grass roots movement that will continue to shine a light on the inequities in our system, both private industry and govt. Fairness. Visit Occupy Orange County Ca on Facebook or each individual city on Facebook, i.e. Occupy Santa Ana, Occupy Orange, etc. The public can visit those pages to stay informed of the issues of the day and the actions happening to bring awareness to those issues. The Occupation Continues!
Interesting article. Loved the Billionaire's Club 123 chant but don't agree with their democracy part. Matter of fact strongly disagree, as democracy is for the people but needs fixing. But then that's Occupy, 5 people, 5 different opinions. Correction on two of your statements. First, Occupy Orange County Irvine did not quickly fracture. In fact, it was one of the longest running Villages in the country and ended thru GA approval. At that point, some went on to start the Fullerton Village and others to work on OWS Phase II and/or some R&R. Supporting a Village from Oct thru Jan wore us out. Problems/dissension along the way, yes, just as you might have in any group. Second, Occupy the Courts was set up for that event and had a variety of people from many Occupies and others. It was never the intention to occupy the federal building. It was always to be an awareness campaign to the public, but did fall short on the number attending.
Amber, I think Santa Ana's biggest action was Necessity Village in April. From what I recall, Occupy the Courts was organized by MoveOn or some other website group. We were hustled into it because it was in Santa Ana and related to Occupy interests, though I don't believe anyone from OSA would say that we take credit for that event. Any promotion of that event that I knew about was via Occupy Irvine.
Earth to Weekly, Earth to Weekly. All California Electoral College votes go to the democrat in November. ALL! There is nothing to report. There is no story here. That is all.
Only difference between this idiot and Obama is that Romney will crack down on marijuana and gays (maybe, not sure about this). Since my love of marijuana is greater than my hatred of gays, guess i'm voting for the muslim from Kenya.
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