PHOTOS: Who is Occupy Branford And Why Did They Show Up?

Occupy Wall Street movement takes root at Branford's Town Green.

The turnout was a little less than organizer would have liked to see, but seemed to accomplish its goal of getting people together to start talking about issues of government disapproval and to show their solidarity for Occupy Wall Street – a protest against corporate control of government that has been going strong since Sept. 17 in New York.

Most of the more than 70 attendees were from Branford and Madison and participated in rallies and protests in the 60s and 70s. This movement, many noted, was something they had been waiting for.

Branford's Pat Kaplan said, "It's taken 50 years for the rest of the country to recognize what we did in the 60s – that greed and corruption is ruining the country."

The handful of younger people who showed up were students at in Madison. When asked by Schwartz what the organizers could do to get more young people out, Coco Charles, a student a Polson, said they should try to reach her peers through avenues like Facebook.

The organizing group of Occupy Branford, the Shoreline 99 Percent, said they now have Facebook presence.

The evening was highlighted by people taking a few minutes to air grievances before the crowd (see video). Branford's Barry Glynn who has been out of work three years said his former line of work – running call centers, – has been shipped overseas. The business, he said, won’t be coming back.

He called the Occupy movement the new tea party. "The difference is we don't have dingbats for political candidates," Glynn added.

The event concluded with the group sharing ideas about future events including the upcoming Occupy New Haven event, which will take place this Saturday, Oct. 15 on the New Haven Green at noon.

If you want more coverage of the event, check out the New Haven Register story here.

JBV October 11, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Love the "except we don't have dingbats running for office." No, you just have a movement full of them.
Rob Sember October 11, 2011 at 12:34 PM
Who is Occupy Branford And Why Did They Show Up? The headline to the story is the same question those who attended were asking themselves. Just remember, just as you spend less the more you are taxed, companies will spend less on employees the more they are taxed.
Bill Fasula October 11, 2011 at 12:38 PM
It's really the 53% who pay federal income tax versus the 47% who don't pay any.
Steve Adams October 11, 2011 at 01:12 PM
You're using this old 2008 *debunked* McCain talking point, again? You just used it yesterday. Bill. Parroting silliness that you hear on Fox News is not gonna work. You don't get it. You will.
Leesan Villa October 11, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Maybe all the Scarecrows on the Branford Green scared away the Occupy on Wall St. protestors......
Bill Fasula October 11, 2011 at 02:21 PM
@Steve, Debunked? http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-10-07/home/30253473_1_protest-web-page-facebook-accounts http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Nearly-half-of-US-households-apf-1105567323.html?x=0&.v=1 http://money.cnn.com/2011/04/14/pf/taxes/who_pays_income_taxes/index.htm http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/04/15/politics/otherpeoplesmoney/main4945874.shtml
Barry Glynn October 11, 2011 at 02:27 PM
what happened to work ethic??? George Bush took it away.....me, I'm just waiting for the under-taxed "job creators" TO ACTUALLY CREATE SOME!!
Steve Adams October 11, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Yeah, debunked: http://bit.ly/a6RYft Along with a video from Jon Stewart for your entertainment pleasure. :)
Barry Glynn October 11, 2011 at 02:50 PM
consider this ur WAKE-UP CALL US corporate profits are soaring in the midst of the deepest economic slump since the Great Depression, on the basis of a ruthless policy of using mass unemployment to slash wages and heighten the exploitation of American workers. In order to make the impoverishment of the working class a permanent feature of American life, companies are hoarding vast amounts of cash rather than hiring workers and expanding output. These are the conclusions that flow from a Wall Street Journal analysis of second-quarter 2010 corporate profits, reported in the newspaper’s Monday edition under the headline “Propelling the Profit Comeback: Retooling, Downsizing.” The article gives statistics showing that US corporate profits are surging despite stagnant and even falling revenue, sharply increasing the percentage of revenue represented by profit. None of the other major industrialized nations has registered a rise in corporate profits in the aftermath of the financial panic of September 2008 comparable to that in the US. Not coincidentally, none has witnessed mass layoffs on the scale seen here
Bill Fasula October 11, 2011 at 03:39 PM
@Steve, Apparently you have difficulty with reading comprehension, I said "no federal income tax", I did not say "no federal tax". My numbers are correct and it clearly demonstrates how confused you and the OWS people are.
Barry Glynn October 11, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Sarah and Michelle agree with u.....scary
Barry Glynn October 11, 2011 at 05:14 PM
None of the other major industrialized nations has registered a rise in corporate profits in the aftermath of the financial panic of September 2008 comparable to that in the US not even communist China.....u related to Joe McCarthy.....Richard "I AM UR KING" Nixon.....who went ot Communist China...Barry Gloldwater, Curtis LemaY..... For the presidential race that year, LeMay originally supported Richard Nixon; he turned down two requests by George Wallace to join his American Independent Party that year on the grounds that a third-party candidacy might hurt Nixon's chances at the polls....Consequently LeMay, being fully aware of Wallace's segregationist platform, decided to throw his support to Wallace and eventually became Wallace's running mate.......associated with the "Stone Age" comment, especially because he had suggested use of nuclear weapons....to get us commies
William Stuart October 11, 2011 at 09:14 PM
It is amazing how many just don't get it. The occupy movement is not about equalizing incomes or any other nonsense I am reading here. It has to do with the fact that K Street/Wall Street with the blessing of a biased Supreme Court is allowed to insure that the government is a CORPORATE government. Wall Street practices private profits while being saved by government bailouts. They brought down the countries economy with rash risk, while facing no loss; again, thanks to the government. Government of the people, by the people for the people...not corporate government.
William Stuart October 11, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Right now they are terrifying the radical right by bringing the truth to the people. Something that the radical right must insure the people never hear.
William Stuart October 11, 2011 at 09:22 PM
I must assume you never heard of the Boston Tea Party, or the Boston Massacre of Boston citizens by British troops. It took place because the people of Boston were demonstrating in front of the State House, where they were shot down.
Marc Schwartz MD October 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM
If you look at how wealth is distributed, it has not always been like this. In 1928, 1% of the wealthiest took home 24% of the country’s income. After that, the percent slowly went down and for the 30 years between 1950 and 1980, it was only 10%. Many people regard those years as the golden ones. Now we’re back up to 24% again. Are the wealthiest richer now because they become smarter, more-hard working, more productive than they were 30 years ago? No, it’s that they have been able to take advantage of automation, globalization, government regulations, and financial monopolies that have tilted the playing field in their favor and left the middle class behind. Right now, the wealthiest have so much money stored in banks, in stocks, and abroad that there’s hardly enough left to go around to keep the economy going. Government officials have encouraged this by showering their wealthiest donors with tax breaks and union busting laws. If one person holds all the money in poker game, the game folds and that's no good for anyone. You don’t have to be a communist to see that more reasonable sharing of the nation’s wealth would help us all, even the rich. I personally am pro-capitalism. But I want it to be clean capitalism that's free of the cronyism, corruption and influence-peddling that gives too much money to the wrong people and leaves my children and grand-children with inadequate schooling, health care and employment opportunities.
Marc Schwartz MD October 12, 2011 at 12:41 PM
Talk is cheap. the only way this is going to change is if elected officials change the governing rules so the rules no longer favor the undeserving rich but give an even break to the rest of us. We need to organize to make sure we elect the officials who promise to do that and then keep their feet to the fire.
Joe Brummer October 12, 2011 at 07:15 PM
RB, Protests are incredibly effective ways to educate people and make change. There is a long history of nonviolent protest forcing change from Gandhi's Salt March to MLK and the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, and the lunch counter sit-ins. Protest bring awareness and without awareness, it is hard to make change.
John Alfone October 12, 2011 at 08:38 PM
This whole "conversation" that began with a peaceful gathering of people, professsionals, blue colllar workers, students and seniors gathering to just listen to the issues and say what THEY feel is wrong with this state of affairs we are in is now political and insulting. What has happened in this "conversation" is that we have some very ignorant people who think that "it won't happen to me"...are you playing "catch up" on your state income tax now? You accept that? I find it so difficult to understand. I do not enjoy being home looking for work, nor do I play or own video games as one pointed out earlier! To the person who insinuated that we should spend our time being productive instead of disruptive, you obviously were not there on Monday or don't know the definition of the two words. (I also don't recall having to have extra police protection!) I would go back to work tomorrow for a decent wage and health benefits......all of the things that many of you take for granted. The purpose of Monday's gathering was informational only! It was not a protest nor was it a group of old hippies" who are used to protesting. I learned a great deal in that short time. Can we do something as a small group? If it wasn't for a small group who took a cruise across the Atlantic, most of these uninfomed comments wouldn't even be heard!! Any uninformed group is either dangerous or in peril!
Barry Glynn October 13, 2011 at 01:38 PM
your heros at work again.... The number of U.S. homes that received a first-time default notice during the July to September quarter increased 14 percent compared to the second quarter of the year, RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday. That increase signals banks are moving more aggressively now against borrowers
Barry Glynn October 13, 2011 at 01:59 PM
RB 9:49am on Thursday, October 13, 2011 Time for people to start living within their means. Does this signal that the morgage interest rates will go up so I can earn more on my CDs and holdings? I hope so your answer didnt surprise me....probably didnt suprise anyone Gordon Gekko: The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
Marc Schwartz MD October 13, 2011 at 02:22 PM
I wish you had the chance to be at the Green. You would have heard an airline pilot who was laid off because of the downturn in the industry and hasn't been able to find a job at anywhere near the salary his family has had for the past 40 years; a manager of a 150 person all center that was outsourced to India; a phamaceutical executive who was downsized. You may not realize that as the country's population has grown over the past year, the number of jobs available has shrunk until this year the difference between the number of new jobs added and existing jobs phase out was zero. That's a first in American history. As a result wages and average middle class income have been frozen for the past 20 years. It's not that the rich have suddenly gotten smarter and the middle class lazier. We've got to look deeper to understand what's going on here.
Barry Glynn October 13, 2011 at 02:33 PM
RB 10:21am on Thursday, October 13, 2011 Barry, I'm not greedy. I started with literaly nothing out of school, worked hard........ which is the American way.....no one begrudges your success......i for one would LOVE to work hard again, worked for 50 years, never a sick day.....first in/last out ethic.....disappointed when " I need to lay you off because I want a bigger bonus" trumped that ethic
Wayne Cooke October 13, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Personally, I think Gingrich made some very good points at the recent debate. Here's the link to what he said: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-KL7UnC8vA
Barry Glynn October 13, 2011 at 06:55 PM
RB they wrote a song about U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i6OrOZwtmA
John Alfone October 13, 2011 at 09:47 PM
I agree with you Mr. Charles. Coco did a wonderful job as an 8th grade student. I, too, spoke and I hope I was also respecful and eloquent but mostly I can assure you and others it was heartfelt.
John Alfone October 13, 2011 at 09:49 PM
First of all, I hardly consider myself a "dingbat" since I am watching out for you! I am not part of a movement and I am not running for office. However, after Monday, I think I will run for office so that i can represent EVERYONE...........including you and not bring my agenda forward.
John Alfone October 13, 2011 at 09:51 PM
47% don't pay income tax??? How do you sign up for that grab bag???? I am tired of paying it!
John Alfone October 13, 2011 at 10:05 PM
I may be reading this all wrong, but I never tried to change anything in the 60 and 70's. What services did we ask to be cut?ve??? We asked that their be equality for all the people........not equal but certainly not the inequality that we see today. Mr. Glynn is not taking advantage of anything! You just have to look for a job to find one???? Really? I do that everyday and so far in 3 months, 1 interview. I was interviewed by a school system (Fortunate that I was granted an interview because someone saw my worth) that had 11 administrative openings. All but one were hired from within the system! Jobs are like the bluefish this season; they ARE out there but try to catch one!
John Alfone October 13, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Donna, I don't want a piece of anyone's pie! I want a job so I can make my own!


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