STATE – Following in the footsteps of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement that began in New York last month, protesters have started a similar effort in the Garden State.
Using social media tools like Facebook and Twitter to organize, the movement staged protests in Jersey City and Trenton this afternoon.
“We are a movement that represents the 99% and we are using our constitutional right of Freedom of Assembly to make changes in the system…. We will no longer sit by while the 1% gets bailed out leaving the rest of us to pay for it,” says the movement’s Facebook page.
The New Jersey Sierra Club threw its support behind the Occupy New Jersey movement, with members joining in the protest in front of the statehouse in Trenton.
“We are here today in support of Occupy New Jersey because we have seen for far too long the power of corporate money weakening environmental protections and threatening public health,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.
“For far too long special interest are inside the statehouse writing laws benefiting polluters or give them subsidies. Then over in DEP we see corporate polluters rewriting rules and regulations behind closed doors. We have seen it get worse under Governor Christie who has become a hero to the Koch Brothers because of pulling out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative weakening environmental rules and regulations. The Governor will spend $350 million to subsidize Xanadu, a giant mega mall, while cutting money for parks, environmental clean ups, and even getting rid of public television. We will never have clean air and clean water without a clean government. That is why we support Occupy New Jersey because we need to get rid of corporate influences that use campaign contributions to gain political power used to weaken environmental protections.”
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