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(Un)Occupy Albuquerque Celebrates Protest’s Second Anniversary

November 18, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Thursday was the 2-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protest, which began Sept. 17 in Zuccotti Park in New York City. MoveOn.org marked the date by co-sponsoring two events in the Duke City - one at Yale Park and a second with the AFL-CIO and New Mexico Coalition for Labor at the Paseo del Norte Bridge.

Greg Sandoval, a regional organizer for MoveOn.org in New Mexico, says these protests are about more than just commemorating a special date.

"I'd also like to tie this in to the "super-committee" and how in Congress I feel they don't really represent all of us. You have 12 members of Senate and Congress trying to slash programs, and we really want them to create jobs and make our tax system work for all Americans, not just the super-rich."

Sandoval expressed concern that those with political clout are not focused on Americans without wealth. He notes that the protests referred to under the banner "Occupy Wall Street" are made up of more than a single group. They include members of an organization known as Rebuild the American Dream, as well as MoveOn.org and people who are not affiliated but who hold similar views.

"We're trying to make our members in Congress and local governors focus on addressing the issues that 99 percent of us are suffering from. The revenues to our government are very low, and a lot of our members of Congress and leaders are saying that we need to cut social safety-net programs at these difficult times when people need help."

Sandoval says he believes it is important to participate in the protests. He believes America's leaders will only listen if there is a grassroots movement. He also believes that a lot of people are uncomfortable expressing themselves, but are finding they can do it when they are not alone.

Beth Blakeman, Public News Service - NM