BANGOR, Maine — The Occupy Bangor encampment held numerous events Monday, among them a Close Your National Bank Account rally at Peirce Park, according to a press release.
At noon Monday, a small group of Occupy Bangor members marched from the park to the Bank of America building on Exchange Street to urge people to move their money out of national banks and open accounts in local banks and credit unions.
“The idea is to get people to close their accounts, take that money and invest it in local banks or local credit unions,” said Occupy Bangor spokeswoman Sunny Hughes.
Occupy Bangor, which is in its 10th day of protests, is a group inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement. It is concerned about the growing gap between the rich and poor in America and what it views as corporate control of the political process.
Volunteers have been tenting overnight outside the Bangor Public Library.
On Monday afternoon, Guy Standing, author of the book “The New Precariat,” was scheduled to visit the Occupy Bangor encampment before speaking about his book at the Peace and Justice Center. The book introduces the concept of the “precariat,” the growing number of people living and working precariously. Standing also spoke at the University of Maine on Monday.
Late Monday afternoon, Occupy Bangor planned to hold a general assembly.
Events on tap for the next two weekends include a veterans rally on Saturday, Nov. 12. Veterans are invited to lead Occupy Bangor protesters in a rally and march from Peirce Park to Davenport Park starting at 1:30 p.m. Veterans are invited to give short testimonials on why they support the movement.
On Nov. 19, a concert featuring Timbered Lake will be held at 7 p.m. at the Brick Church on Union Street. The concert is free, but Occupy Bangor donations will be accepted.