Occupy Montclair Plans Demonstration

The group forges ahead even though the goals of the movement remain fluid


Admitting the goals of the movement remain fluid, environmental activist Pat Kenschaft said Wednesday that she has scheduled a demonstration in Montclair on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. as part of a local Occupy Wall Street movement.

The demonstration will take place at the corner of Bloomfield and South Fullerton avenues.

Kenschaft said that "all are welcome. Bring signs, use mine, or just plain witness by being there."

Similar demonstrations have been organized by Kenschaft in Montclair in the past. In November, several people turned out on Church Street, carrying placards with messages such as "Economic Inequality Destroys Nations." However, as a result of December's cold weather, attendance at subsequent demonstrations has been lower than expected.

"Here's hoping we have a thriving demonstration this coming Saturday on a warm February day," she said.

Although Kenschaft said the overall goals of the movement are fluid, she personally believes that: "We need a much higher marginal tax rate on the rich. When I was young, it was 91 percent; now it is 35 percent. Many of those affected agree; they too suffer when roads are bumpy, bridges fall, and health and environmental codes aren't enforced. Over two dozen people with incomes over a million dollars a year demonstration in Washington, D.C. recently with the motto 'Tax me more.' Requiring the same Social Security rate for all earned income and taxing all income at the same level as earned income would help."

Last month, The New York Times reported that, with donations to the general Occupy Wall Street dropping significantly and money starting to run low, the movement has been forced to implement a partial spending freeze to make sure enough money is available for crucial functions like bailing protesters out of jail.

With the encampment’s eviction from Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan in November and the subsequent decline in activity and visibility, Occupy Wall Street’s fund-raising efforts have entered a dry spell.

By Janaury, the movement had spent more than half of the $700,000 in donations it had received since October, leaving a balance of about $300,000.

Since Occupy Wall Street took over Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17, the movement has spread across the country. But the cold weather has taken a toll on demonstrations.

To find out more about the local Occupy movement, go to the group's Facebook page here.

Right of Center February 15, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Most people seem to want someone *else* taxed and a higher rate, eh?
John Lee February 16, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Since retiring I have come to the harsh understanding that my "unearned income" is taxed a rate much lower than people who actually work day in, day out. Sure I worked hard for what I have, but when one considers the really hard work in seafood processing plants in the Gulf, or migrant farmers, or ER nurses for that matter, who am I to suggest that I have earned the right to pay a smaller percentage of my income that those people. In church we tithe 10% of our income, regardless of what we make, and we close our eyes to those who are barely getting by or are burdened by medical expenses. I just can't get my head around the idea that I am somehow entitled to pay less.
Wayne Robbins February 16, 2012 at 01:52 AM
And, I was just checking out a 401k package that I have, seeing what Co's will be providing for me in the future..and I saw many of the Co's that were being protested against, on the list that will be helping me live....I wonder how many people that might be at the protest on Sat., will actually be protesting against the same Co's who wil be providing for their future.hmmmmmm - think about it.
Deadeye February 16, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Well John, you've already paid taxes on that money once. Now the income stream is being taxed again, albeit at a lower rate. That money is meant to sustain you through your retirement years, unless you are looking forward to living off of social security while the government redistributes wealth that you have created as they see fit. If you are losing sleep over your predicament, I suggest that you take out your checkbook and write a check to the government for whatever amount that you think is fair. You're free to do that you know, and they will certainly cash it. I find it interesting that no one that makes this argument actually exercises their right to unburden themselves and kick in more dough. You don't see America's latest poster boy for tax fairness, Warren Buffet, doing anything but cynically flapping his gums. In my opinion, the better solution is to select charities whose causes you believe in and support them.


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