The Occupy Augusta (Maine) demonstration is a part of the Occupy Movement which began on Sept. 17, 2011 with the original Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City. Demonstrators have been encamped in Capitol Park since Oct. 15
Oct. 13 Rally and Protest
On Oct. 13, 2011, protesters marched from the State House to the Federal Building during a rally to encourage Congress to pass legislation to create jobs and enact a financial transaction tax. The rally and march were organized by the Maine AFL-CIO, Maine State Employees Association and Maine People's Alliance. Leaders stated that they supported, but were not part of the Occupy Augusta protest whose participants have been showing up at Portland’s Monument Square each day.
Support from State Legislature
The following State legislators have commented on the protest:
- “They are frustrated with a political system and economic policies that help those at the very top at the expense of everyone else." - Senate Minority Leader Barry Hobbins of Saco.
- The Occupy Wall Street movement “continues to gain traction because Americans are angry. While the rich get richer, opportunities for economic prosperity for the working and middle class are diminishing.” - Rep. Emily Cain of Orono, leader of the House Democrats
- Bangor Daily News: City won’t allow Occupy Bangor to camp overnight, Oct. 27, 2011 (accessed on Oct. 28, 2011)
- Bangor Daily News: Wall Street protesters in Augusta want jobs act, Oct. 13, 2011 (accessed on Oct. 28, 2011)