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    Posted May 13, 2012 by
    Kingwood, Texas

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    Occupy Kingwood - Sustainable Occupy 21 Weeks Strong (2012-05-12)


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     EWillies1961 says the Occupy group in Kingwood, Texas is holding strong. He says it is necessary for the group to continue highlighting issues that are impacting the country, such as the issue of the middle class. 'In the news, everyone was talking about the country's debt problem, but the debt was related to things we did, like cutting taxes on the rich, which shifted the burden of taxation of the middle class,' he says. This past year he says he has noticed an attack on the middle class, especially by GOP candidates. 'Mitt Romney is trying to shift the argument to make us believe that those of us that complain about corporate America are somehow being envious of the wealthy. But the middle class created the wealthy,' he says. 'When we work and when we buy things we are helping the wealthy because they are invested in so much of corporate America.'
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

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    This was our 21st consecutive week of Occupy Kingwood. Every week seem to be a bit more eventful. Today was graduation day at Kingwood’s Lone Star College. As such many of our regular students and professors were absent. Moreover some of our members headed over to senatorial candidate Sean Hubbard and another congressional candidate’s fund raiser.


    I thought in order to fulfill our goal of 52 consecutive weeks (1 year), rain or shine of occupying that corner to show a commitment to change at all cost, I may be out there by my lonesome. Well, the Kingwood Area Democrats, the 99%centers, Social Democrats, Coffee Party among others showed their presence and altogether we had a full house. A little voice in the back of my head told me to bring the same amount of donuts and it’s a good thing I did.

    What is interesting is we had more people than usual park their cars after seeing us out and actually joining us. Our persistence is making a difference where it counts, the grassroots. People are engaging us without us getting much media coverage.

    Had we been the Tea Party or any other Right Wing vociferous group, the local, city, and national media would be all over this story. We are the only movement in the country that has staked an informational occupy of this type for this long without incident and with mostly positive reviews from our surroundings. We ensure we leave the location we occupy generally cleaner than we found it and we engage in a respectful manner with all those that engage us. The vast majority of our occupiers are professionals, students, homemakers, and business owners. It is proof positive that our mainstream media is broken and biased.

    The country must be informed that those that are intent on changing the direction to ensure the survival of the middle class are not a bunch of losers and those looking for handouts. They are clear thinking citizens who break through the minutia and analyze that which ails the nation with the intent to do something about it.

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