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'Occupy Wall Street' Comes to Toms River with Downtown Protest

Protesters are out in Huddy Park to raise awareness about issues like corporate greed and job creating and security.

If you go out for a drive near , you are likely to see signs and hear cars honking their support for the protesters out along Water Street. Residents started showing up around noon Saturday, and plan to continue their protest until the park closes tonight. As cars drove past honking, the protesters started to chant:

"We are the 99 percent. You are the 99 percent."

The idea, the protesters said, is to raise awareness of corporate greed, and to get the government to listen to the 99 percent middle class and not the 1 percent upper class.

We are here to raise awareness that control is in the hands of the few, not the many," said Jesse Sauer of Toms River, who organized the event. "Right now, the system is failing. We want to get as many people out here as we can, so we can all be heard. We want to make this a continuous event and we want to be out here every day until our voices are heard."

"We can each individually cause a change for the better," said Beverly Miller of Manchester. "I came out here to support the younger people. We are all against corporate greed and corruption, and for fairness and sharing."

Mike Cerrachio of Bayville: "We want to raise awareness about the unemployment rate. I can’t get a job at a big corporation and support myself with minimum wage. I’m worried for my future, and for my family's future."

Jessica Hernandez of New Egypt: "I am against corporate greed, profits over people. We need to have more money going in and less going out.

Rena Amada of Whiting: "I have a few reasons for being here -- education, affordable housing, protecting the environment, and to bring our troops home now. We need to tax the super rich. We want people to go out to the polls on Nov. 8 and vote for the right people."

Gary Lerner of Brick: "We need to change the system that supports the 1 percent, and tax the rich. We need to get big money out of politics."

Michael Plump of Bayville: "We are fighting for the change we voted for. This is an organic grassroots movement. The fact that we are here on Washington Street in Toms River just goes to show that change has already begun. It's really good to see the movement growing in small towns."

Alice Clair Mulligan of Beachwood: "We need jobs, not cuts. Everybody wants the deficit under control. When the veterans come home, they are going to need jobs. Social security and Medicare need to stop being cut. I'm concerned about my grandchildren's future. I think it's important that people get involved in events such as this, and that they go out to vote."

Ken Gaughran of Toms River: Politicians are ignoring the middle class and leaving people behind. We want to bring attention to the corporate greed that is there. People need to protect the 99 percent, not the 1 percent."

Carol Gay of Brick: "We need to end the wars and tax the rich. Bring home the money we are spending overseas on the war. Money needs to be redirected to the people and we need to end corporate greed. We would all have a fair share if the rich were taxed accordingly. We need jobs. We are sick of not being heard. The 99 percent want to be heard. We all live in Everytown, USA. I’m excited that this movement is catching on."

Mike Harney of Toms River: "I think people feel like this is reaffirming them that they are not alone. I really like that we don’t have any actual demands."

Gonzalo Frank of Columbia: "I heard about this movement and I had to come. This is a reaction to the inefficiency being done by our leaders. Politicians are working with the corporations who are funding their campaigns. They are donating millions of dollars to drive out those of us that can only give $5 or $10. As it is, we don't have an equal vote. We need to overrule this."

The movement is growing, as people keep arriving up to show their support for the 99 percent. These residents want their voices to be heard, and as long as they follow the laws they will be allowed to continue. Toms River police sent a patrol officer over just to make sure everything was OK. He informed the crowds that as long as they do not move into the streets, block the sidewalk and clean up after themselves, they are allowed to stay. 

According to the Facebook page that has been set up, the movement will continue throughout the weekend, ending today around sunset when Huddy Park closes and will pick back up on Sunday around 1 p.m.

Don October 24, 2011 at 02:29 AM
We the People will govern, not the select few that are called "politicians". George Washington was against career politicians, and that is one of the reasons he fought in the Revolution. It is also a reason he wanted term limits on all elected Government positions. Our Government is meant to be ran by all types of Americans, not just those looking for power or money.
Don October 24, 2011 at 02:43 AM
I drive a Plymouth mini-van, work in construction were there is a lack of work (to be more specific, I am a small business owner with employees who I barely have any work for), I don't live in a trailer (though if I did, at least it would be owned by me, and made in America) and don't use credit cards. I do shop at Walmart, but that is because I can't afford paying high prices for what I need. (And by the way, read where most of the plumbing fixtures in your house were made: few if any were made in America.) I am at the protest because I am tired of MY hard earned tax dollars being given to people who earn 10x what I do because they might lose their Multi-Million Dollar Mansions. Give me the tax breaks and "bail-outs" so I can keep the guys I employ working, and possibly hire even more. Bail the little guys out, not the stock-owned companies. The stock holders and CEOs can afford the losses of income, but us little guys can't.
Don October 24, 2011 at 02:57 AM
Freedom, first change your "name" because you certainly don't deserve it. Freedom is something you fight for and you sound like you don't care. I am not ill informed, I read a lot of History and about Facts, not what some party wants me to believe. I also have a life and that is why I am trying to change this Country to be better for all of us. I could have done other things besides "hanging out in the park", but it is important for me to protest what the self-interested politicians are doing to the Country I swore to Protect and Serve. I will sacrifice my time to improve this Country for everyone, including you. I don't blame the World's problems on the Rich: I ask that they pay an equal share of the burden to run this Country.
Don October 24, 2011 at 03:45 AM
The US may have high corporate tax, but the biggest companies in American also pay the least because of tax breaks, yet they still send jobs overseas. Big corporations did not send jobs overseas because how much it costs to do business here, they do it to maximize stock holder profit. The biggest companies in America make billions in PROFIT per quarter, they are not hurting at all. But the 1% of Americans that have the money demand these companies do whatever possible to maximize their earnings from their stock in those companies. If you research your history, you will find that ALL Americans do better when the rich pay their fair share of taxes. Unemployment has been the lowest during times the rich paid an equal share. It is times like now when the rich barely pay anything compared to the working American that we lose jobs. I know what hard work is because I started earning money from jobs (which no longer exist for today's kids) as a kid. I shoveled residential and business' sidewalks, mowed the grass, delivered the news papers, sold holiday cards and even sold soda and sandwiches on the gas pump lines. I am protesting because our economy is horrible, the worst it's been since the first stock market crash. I went from earning 4-8 thousand per month to earning less than a thousand a month. I am not doing anything wrong, and have my priorities right: I am protesting the do-nothing "Fat Cats" getting "fatter" while the working Americans are "starving".
Don October 24, 2011 at 04:10 AM
And if you took a poll of people who equate Socialism with social programs, you would find most would be crying about not having the CDC, FDA, Social Security, Public Schools and other programs that reduce the costs of things you take for granted. Because a person wants to have social programs does not mean in any way they are asking for Socialism. And the Occupy movement is NOT trying to end Capitalism. Some of us are looking to rein-in greed though. Greed has more to do with Socialism then Capitalism. I took a more than a cut in pay. I went from 4-7 thousand a month to less than a thousand a month. I also have kept my guys working instead of firing them so I could keep more for myself. I love how people assume things. Some of your hardest working Americans are protesting. Some of us understand as long as we stick with the assumptions of the sheeple, America will keep falling. And no Cain is wrong. In the current economy, if you have 100 jobs in an area and 150 people looking for that job, than there will be those without a job. And you can't tell them to move to where jobs are at because they can't afford to move. The American Public Transportation System pales in comparison to the former Communist PTS. Maybe you'd be for improving the PTS so we can catch up to the former Communist Countries and get to the jobs? You keep voting for your politicians who only real interest is their pocketbook. I will stand out there protesting to fight for change in our Government.
Don October 24, 2011 at 04:20 AM
No, we don't want Socialism. And no we are not saying take from the Rich and give to the Poor. We are saying stop stealing from the Working American and giving more to the Rich. The Working American pays more in taxes then the Rich. The Rich "earn" some of their "income" from the Working American, and we pay the taxes on their earnings, not the Rich. I work very hard for my money and I deserve to keep it in my pocket, not hand it over to some Rich person who doesn't know what work is.
Don October 24, 2011 at 04:27 AM
Apparently you have different information than our Government does. The working American pays the most taxes while the Rich pay a little more than the unemployed.
Don October 24, 2011 at 04:36 AM
And I am being a Marine: I am fighting for your Rights against a corrupted Government. I am fighting for your Right to have a Fair and Just Government. General George Washington knew that at some time we would have to rein-in our Government because of corruption, and I am following his lead.
Don October 24, 2011 at 04:39 AM
It is those of us who had acheived the American Dream and had it taken away from us that are protesting the Greed of the Rich.
Don October 24, 2011 at 04:41 AM
We are angry at the CEOs and major stock holders of these companies, and we are protesting against their greed.
Don October 24, 2011 at 04:48 AM
Ray, I too lived through the 70s, were as a kid I sold soda and sandwhiches on the gas pump lines. I profitted from that, but I did not get greedy as the Rich are doing now. Since I was a kid, I didn't have to pay income tax, but I paid sales tax. The Rich try to find every way possible to avoid all taxes; it is how they become richer. Our Country began fighting against professional politics, and the greed of the Rich. 235 years later we are doing it again.
Don October 24, 2011 at 05:02 AM
Sorry Ray, the Jewish are given opportunities that non-Jewish can not get. And like the Rich, they hoard their money. They take advantage of the sympathy of what happened in WWII. The Jewish also live 2-3 families per house. The Jewish try to force under bidding so they pay less. Certain groups are given more than natural born, non-Jewish, Americans. Indians immigrating from India and immigrating Jewish are given loans that we do not qualify for. What we are trying to do with the Occupy Movement is to get Americans to work together in voting out the self-interest politicians. If ALL Americans really want change, than we must vote against ALL the politicians.
Don October 24, 2011 at 05:18 AM
Sue, you started out when a dollar bought a lot; today a dollar wouldn't get you down the block. It is more then just "tough all over." You try to start from scratch today. Glenn, the Rich and CEOs earn their living off of other's physical work and intellectual work. They do not physically, or intellectually, work themselves yet they have been entitled to benefit tremendously from others work. This is one of the things the Occupy Movement is against.
Don October 24, 2011 at 05:20 AM
Sorry we are not staying all night for you Sista, but until we know what will be allowed and what will not be allowed, we are following the information given to us by the police. We are not trying to break any laws.
Don October 24, 2011 at 05:24 AM
Nice assumption, but you are wrong about why I am there. I am there because of the greed of our politicians and the greed of the rich and CEOs. They continue to profit while the rest of us struggle.
Don October 24, 2011 at 05:42 AM
Well, I guess our Founding Fathers were really Socialists since they too were against Greed. Got to love how extremist always jump to an assumption to make themselves feel like their views are better than others. "Ending Corporate Greed" means stop charging $25.00 for a $5.00 product/service. Superior made American products would sell more if the price did not include the cost of greed. Our Government was established to stop greed: "Boston Tea Party" ring any bells for you?
Don October 24, 2011 at 05:49 AM
Freedom, you are a follower. Our Founding Fathers were against greed and profiteering. Read about the "Boston Tea Party" when you want to learn something about greed and one of the reasons our Founding Fathers fought to establish the United States of America.
Don October 24, 2011 at 06:02 AM
Freedom, greed equals less jobs, not more. Why do you think jobs have been shifted overseas? Not because it cost too much to have them in America, but because the CEOs and major stock holders "earn" more money when they pay less to employees. You need to look at what is going on today, not how it was 10 years ago. There are "third-world" Nations that treat their citizens better then the USA does now. India is one of them. Some of the former Soviet Republic Countries also. And people like Henry Ford would be embarrassed to be an American today. Remember, he made the assembly line to make a better product cheaper, not more expensive. He understood the way to really make an honest profit was to cheapen the cost of manufacturing, not increase the price.
Don October 24, 2011 at 06:05 AM
I'm glad your higher priority includes not caring what your Government is doing. That is a reason we are in this economic mess now, not making it a priority to make sure your Government is working for you and not the small group of people that are using it for their own benefits.
Don October 24, 2011 at 06:23 AM
I also forgot to mention that the small business employ more people then the big corporations. In a thriving economy, small businesses would easily absorb the unemployed left from all the big corporations going belly up. Our unemployment rate is so high right now because a huge number of small businesses have shut down or cut back employment, yet the big corporations that have huge quarterly profits (we are talking about billions, not a few hundred dollars) are not opening more jobs for the unemployed. Instead they are laying off in order to increase their profits even more.
Mattie October 25, 2011 at 12:52 PM
Here's a gentle suggestion- Next time (if there is one), situate the protest in an area with very easy access - for cars to pull over, people to get out and join the protest, even for just 15-20 min or so. This took place in a very awkward spot, cars are coming around a corner and/or through a traffic light with no chance to stop or even slow down to offer moral support, coffee, hot chocolate, or whatever. A better place would be where everyone fishes -- you know, just on the other side of Huddy Park and Water St. going towards South Toms River / Beachwood. I really believe a more accessible area would have allowed more people to flow in and out encouraging more people to participate.
Eggs-n-Toast October 25, 2011 at 02:18 PM
I believe that area is called "Mathis Plaza". (I didn't know that until a few minutes ago!). It's right on 166 / Atlantic City blvd. Probably a good choice; it's only a block away from downtown- lots of traffic exposure, plenty of parking right there, there's an abandoned gas station area far enough away from people who might be fishing. I'm not sure, but I think it's "public" land? Hundreds go there to watch the fireworks every year.
Barry Fleckmann October 26, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Look, the Occupy Wall Street "protest" is silly. The "99 Percenters" are ONLY affecting the quality of life for 99 percent of the people. The "1 Percenters" who are lining their pockets demonstrating greed are getting off scot-free. They're NOT being affected at all. The "protestors" are just wasting their time, and making life miserable for the people who live in the area, or who are trying to run a business to make a living. Am I happy about the way things are going in this country? No, I'm not, but short of grabbing the old musket from above the fireplace (think, The Minute-Men, of Revolutionary War times), I don't know WHAT can be done about putting this Ship of State (the ole' U.S.A.) back on the track, again. Isn't THAT what general elections are ALL about??
Mattie October 26, 2011 at 03:05 PM
Well Barry, the first step, as it always is, is AWARENESS and EDUCATION. The "Occupy..." protests started out as a means to call attention to a systemic problem in our government and our society, (namely corporate power and greed buying our candidates and infecting our laws). It has certainly accomplished that, wouldn't you agree? Conversations, debates, articles, analysis and yes, even heated arguments are everywhere concerning this issue and what to do about it. That is a positive thing. Next step? Solutions. But they are going to come only after a lot more discussion, analysis, debates and most importantly - a change in attitude. The government is supposed to work FOR the people, and FOR a stronger nation with a respected, important place in global affairs. We can not be exclusionists, we can not continue to be arrogantly self-serving as a government and political entity. Like it or not, we are part of a larger, global society. Like it or not, our citizens deserve better here in our own land as well. Corporate money and power needs to be removed from our political system. Corporations are NOT PEOPLE and laws and regulations should not be implemented nor abandoned based on what corporations want their bottom lines to be. We are a system based on individual freedoms, civil liberties -- lets get back to that.
Maureen Hourigan October 30, 2011 at 11:59 AM
Yay for Ken- finally after reading all of these misinformed posts someone hits the right nail on the head! The government does suck because those in it have figured out how to make it grow into a completely overwhelming, money-sucking, self-perpetuating behemoth with buying votes from those who are afraid to be self-sufficient. It is the politicians and lawyers (one in the same in most of Washington) who get in and never get out- that have corrupted the Constitution, and become rich with your money doing so. They take your money and use it against you.
isobel lowther April 28, 2012 at 04:21 PM
OWS Planning Meeting in Toms River Sunday May 28 at Shut Up + Eat 1.00pm Please join us
jeff April 29, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Not eating there anymore
Don April 29, 2012 at 07:09 PM
No clue where that is.
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Catherine Galioto (Editor) April 29, 2012 at 09:01 PM
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