Protests In Downtown Walnut Creek Set For Wednesday, Thursday Afternoons

It's 3:30 p.m. Wednesday for Occupy Walnut Creek, and 5:30 p.m. Thursday for a candlelight rally by MoveOn.

Downtown Walnut Creek will have the Wednesday-Thursday two-step of protests the next two evenings.

At a busy shopping crossroads in town, Mount Diablo Boulevard and Main Street, there will be Wall Street to Main Street protests at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and a candlelight rally at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the southwest corner of that intersection (which we could call the Tiffany corner).

The regular Wednesday afternoon has been moved up to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to take advantage of daylight.

The Thursday candlelight rally is part of a national Day of Action from the Rebuild the American Dream Campaign organized by MoveOn.

"Our democratic government has been replaced with a plutocracy — money rules," stated Sally Weed of Walnut Creek in a Central Contra Costa American Dream/MoveOn Council.  "Help us wake up our government before our economy completely crumbles - we're on the brink. Let's get our democracy back."

For information email to CCCCMoveOn.AmDream@yahoo.com.

Mike December 02, 2011 at 02:17 AM
The average Bush tax cut in 2011 for a taxpayer in the richest one percent is greater than the average income of the other 99 percent ($66,384 compared to $58,506). -- U.S. Census Bureau
The Merry One December 02, 2011 at 03:02 AM
What I still don't understand (and have posted time and again here on the Patch) is why are these folks protesting in Walnut Creek? Is this where the 1% resides and works? Paula, it's true that life isn't fair and some folks created the mess that they're in due to greed, poor planning, etc. But there's an overwhelming number of people that don't fall into this category and to lump everyone together because you can't personally relate to their situation isn't correct, either. But, let's get back to that 1% here in WC. I know for a fact that many of the people that are carrying signs here in WC are from neighboring communities that are more affluent than WC. In fact, if you visit their Patches right now, you'll find wonderful articles reminding people to do their Christmas shopping in their own communities--don't venture out of the city limit. But when it comes to protesting, there seems to be a NIMBY mentality. I would submit that if these protestors would like to grab the attention of the big business decision-makers, then protest where they're located. Where do they live? Where are they headquartered? In WC? I don't think so. I would like to see all protesting remain lawful, peaceful and meaningful. But to think that you're going to make a difference by screaming, honking horns and protesting in front of a BART station or on a thoroughfare where working people are trying to get home is disrespectful of the 99% and a tad bit clueless. Thanks for listening.
Mike December 02, 2011 at 04:05 AM
Paula, the people that are carrying sings in Walnut Creek are not slovenly or unlawful. I'm guessing they protest in Walnut Creek because it is in their backyard. I share their worry that our democracy is becoming destabliized by a rising inequality in which only a few will have opportunity. A bit clueless? You have only to listen to the national news to see what they have brought to the nation's consciousness. In the latest polling done by the Oakland Tribune a 58 percent to 32 percent majority say they agree with the protests' underlying reason while the remaining 10 percent expressed no opinion. Clueless will be the politician who doesn't pay attention.
Paula Miller December 02, 2011 at 06:13 AM
Well Michael, we all know that there are plenty of clueless politicians to go around and who will not get the message. Nor do they feel they need to because a majority of them run in 'safe' districts filled with apathetic and lazy voters who are too busy with their own lives to worry about the general good. Holding signs on a street corner at rush hour will not make these very same voters any more likely to go to the polls on election day to vote against the clueless representatives. And dear Michael, please re-read my post about slovenly and unlawful behavior, as that description refers to those who 'occupy' public property as witnessed in Oakland and Los Angeles where much needed city funds were used to clean up behind them.
Mike December 02, 2011 at 05:13 PM
I hope you are wrong. We'll know in less than a year.


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