ATLANTIC CITY — Momentum is growing for the Occupy Atlantic City movement.
Starting with a simple Facebook page, a local movement aligned with the nationwide “Occupations,” already has more than 200 members, with many more planning to “occupy” Atlantic City on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 12:45pm.
Occupy Atlantic City, a local grassroots movement, which can be found on Facebook and Twitter, has the motto: “We are the 99% – The People are too big to fall.”
The phrase is a play on the “banks are too big to fall” mentality that prevailed during the economic collapse three years ago.
With many Americans feeling the brunt of the collapse more than ever these days, as the American economy continues to flounder and the jobless rate remains high, hundreds of people began the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City four weeks ago.
The Occupation, as it is now being called, soon spread across the country to other cities from Boston to San Francisco to Detroit.
And it’s just not activists and hippies who are out there in the parks and streets around the U.S.
People show up before and after work, students have camped out to claim a stake on their economic future, and others are there because they are fed up with the current state of the U.S. economy and the political system that they feel has been inept at trying to fix it.
An Occupy South Jersey protest was held on Sunday, Oct. 9 in Somers Point in front of the Bank of America branch on Route 9. (Click here for photos from the protest)
The rally drew a small crowd, but this weekend’s planned Occupy Atlantic City is expected to draw hundreds of people to the New Haven Avenue beach (just outside Atlantic City) in Ventnor.
One of the latest posts on the Occupy Atlantic City, NJ page reads:
“200″ strong! Thanks everyone, for helping us reach that mark! Huge victory in NYC this morning. Let’s build on that momentum here in AC – first General Assembly tomorrow at 12:30 pm on the New Haven Ave beach in Ventnor! Rain location: Ventnor Public Library. RSVP on the “events” section and join us! Invite your friends! We can do this!
For more information, visit the Facebook page.