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Occupy Wichita October 8 (and 15 coming up)

By Stuart Elliott
News | October 13, 2011

WICHITA, Kan. - It was a rainy Saturday in Wichita on October 8, but there was still a decent turnout for the Occupy Wichita (OW) event on E. Douglass. There were about 50 to 80 people there. Perhaps a little more than the previous Sunday. The crowd fell short of the 500 that some of the OW activists were hoping for. But it was a spirited gathering. It didn't seem to be just the same people as on Sunday. For one thing, there were a number of union folks present, from the SEIU, IAM, APWU, IBEW, and Teamsters. I also talked, as well as members of Move-on, Wichita Democratic Socialists, Sunflower Community Action, and the Tequila Party.

There is a nightly gathering around 4:30 - 5 pm at the Chester Lewis Reflection Park Square, on E Douglas between Broadway and Market.

A bigger rally is planned for Saturday October 15 at noon on the theme of "jobs, not cuts." If NYC Mayor Bloomberg follows through with plans to disperse Occupy Wall Street on Friday, there could be an even bigger turnout.


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I imagine the democrats are having trouble with these demonstrations because their man is in charge right now and if the protests get too big, sooner or later they will become the targets. Thats why so far Obama, Pelosi, and the other top democrats has been keeping it at arms length. One big change is do you notice that Obama hasnt had any high profile meetings with business leaders since this started?

Now, can you imagine if this had happened back when Bush was in office? Democrats would be giving the protests every bit of support they could.

I wonder if the democrats are remembering the 1960's when the party of JFK went downhill and antiwar protesters tore up the 1968 democratic convention? If the economy doesnt improve next years democratic convention could be a repeat.


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