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Occupy camps in Maine
Occupy Bangor member Lawrence Reichard (right) addresses the media during a press conference at Peirce Park on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 20, 2011. Holding up the group's 99% flag behind Reichard are (from left) Rebecca Hickman, Jeffrey F. Joseph and Matt Murray.

City insists on proper permit as Occupy Bangor stays in Peirce Park

By Andrew Neff on Nov. 21, 2011, at 12:05 p.m.
Occupy Bangor’s occupation of Peirce Park and the neighboring grounds of the Bangor Public Library continued Monday as city officials insist on proper permitting. “We have asked them to file the appropriate event permit application, but we have yet to see an event permit,” said Tracy Willette, …
Occupy Bangor member Lawrence Reichard (right) addresses the media during a press conference at Peirce Park on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 20, 2011. Behind him is a canopy structure that was put up over the weekend on the site of the larger canopies that were removed at the request of the city of Bangor.

Occupy Bangor members say gathering is First Amendment free speech assembly, not event

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 20, 2011, at 7 p.m.
Members of Occupy Bangor, who have been encamped at Peirce Park for more than three weeks, say they are not holding an event and therefore don’t need a city permit to continue the occupation. “We are not an event,” Occupy Bangor member Lawrence Reichard said Sunday afternoon. …
Chace Jackson (left) discusses economic and social issues with an interested citizen last month in Zuccotti Park. Jackson was visiting his cousin Earnie Gardner in New York City and made it a point to take part in the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movement. Both Jackson and Gardner are from Allagash.

Allagash native now a part of Occupy Wall Street

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 20, 2011, at 9:58 a.m.
On any given day Earnie Gardner passes more people walking down a single Manhattan city block than live in his entire hometown of Allagash, population 268 according to the most recent census data. But Gardner, who has called the Big Apple — with a population around 8.1 …
Dominique Sproul

Missing teenagers reportedly found at OccupyMaine camp

on Nov. 20, 2011, at 6:01 a.m.
BUXTON | Two teen girls from Bonny Eagle High School who ran away Tuesday were found at an OccupyMaine camp, according to the Portland Press Herald. The pair reportedly were found at the protesters’ encampment in Portland’s Lincoln Park after police received a tip that they were there. Rachel …
In this image made from video, a police officer uses pepper spray as he walks down a line of Occupy demonstrators sitting on the ground at the University of California, Davis on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. The video, posted on YouTube, was shot Friday as police moved in on more than a dozen tents erected on campus and arrested 10 people, nine of them students.

Passive Occupy protesters take pepper spray blast in the face at close range; officers placed on leave

By JASON DEAREN, The Associated Press on Nov. 19, 2011, at 11:20 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — A California university placed two of its police officers on administrative leave Sunday because of their involvement in the pepper spraying of passively sitting protesters, while the school’s chancellor accelerated an investigation into the incident amid calls for her resignation. Officials at the University of California, Davis …
Dennis Chinoy, a Power in Community Alliance member, stands before a wooden structure erected in front of the Occupy Bangor encampment Saturday that depicts the changes in real wages for United States citizens since 1980.

Occupy Bangor protesters create human pie chart to illustrate U.S. wealth disparity

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 19, 2011, at 3:24 p.m.
Around 40 people were crammed into a small human pie chart area that represented the bottom 80 percent of “America’s financial wealth pie” and one person represented the nation’s wealthy during a demonstration noontime Saturday at the Occupy Bangor encampment. “One person was in the 1 percent …
The Occupy Bangor food preparation tent in Peirce Park as seen on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011.

Occupy Bangor misses Friday event permit filing deadline

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 18, 2011, at 7:16 p.m.
One of the city requirements for members of Occupy Bangor to continue to gather at Pierce Park was that the group file an application for an event permit by Friday, according to a tentative agreement reached earlier this week between city officials and the group’s leaders. That …

Two Occupy Maine protesters arrested in separate Portland incidents

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 18, 2011, at 4:40 p.m.
Two more Occupy Maine protesters have been arrested in Portland while a third received a summons after two separate incidents in Lincoln Park, police said Friday. Jason Carr, 25, was taken into custody at 10:20 p.m. Thursday and charged with disorderly conduct, Portland police Lt. Gary Rogers …
Police officers arrest a demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in New York. Two days after the encampment that sparked the global Occupy protest movement was cleared by authorities, demonstrators marched through New York's financial district and promised a national day of action with mass gatherings in other cities.

Occupy protesters march nationwide; 300 arrested

By KAREN MATTHEWS, The Associated Press on Nov. 17, 2011, at 9:40 p.m.
NEW YORK — Occupy Wall Street protesters clogged streets and tied up traffic around the U.S. on Thursday to mark two months since the movement’s birth and signal they aren’t ready to quit, despite the breakup of many of their encampments by police. Hundreds of people were arrested, most of …

Thanksgiving reflections on the Occupy movement and business

By Michael W. Aube on Nov. 17, 2011, at 5:08 p.m.
For the last few weeks, I’ve awakened every morning to the national newscasts and heard the latest information on the Occupy movement. From Wall Street to Main Street, the movement has expressed its message. I get it. Opportunities to make financial gains have not been distributed fairly during the past …
Backed by fellow demonstators, Occupy Bangor spokesperson Lawrence Reichard (foreground, left) addresses the media Thursday morning regarding the recent city notice mandating the group's removal of the "event canopies, fire apparatus, and all other associated equipment, structures and items" from Peirce Park next to their library encampment in Bangor.

City, Occupy Bangor reach compromise on use of park

By Andrew Neff on Nov. 17, 2011, at 4:22 p.m.
City officials and representatives of Occupy Bangor hammered out a preliminary agreement late Thursday morning allowing the protesters to remain at Peirce Park on a part-time basis, provided Occupy Bangor’s membership agrees to accept it. “We were unable to come to a consensus at our general assembly …

Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested in NYC finance district

By KAREN MATTHEWS, The Associated Press on Nov. 17, 2011, at 3:29 p.m.
NEW YORK — Police arrested protesters who sat on the ground and blocked traffic into New York City’s financial district on Thursday, part of a day of mass gatherings in response to efforts to break up Occupy Wall Street camps nationwide. Police in riot helmets hauled several protesters to their …

OccupyMaine protester arrested for disorderly conduct

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 17, 2011, at 3:29 p.m.
PORTLAND | A spat over two tents being too close to one another at the OccupyMaine encampment led to the arrest of a transient, Portland police Lt. Gary Rogers said. Rogers said that an officer was driving past the Lincoln Park encampment at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday and he …
The Occupy Bangor food preparation tent in Peirce Park as seen on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. City officials are drafting a letter asking occupiers to move tents off city property.

City tells Occupy Bangor to remove camp structures, canopies from park

By Andrew Neff on Nov. 16, 2011, at 8:41 p.m.
The Occupy Bangor movement has overstayed its welcome in Peirce Park. City officials on Wednesday sent a notice to organizers of the protest directing them to remove “event canopies, the fire apparatus and all other associated equipment, structures and items” from Peirce Park by 10 p.m. Thursday. …

Now what? Few tangible effects of Wall Street protests

By DAVID CARUSO, The Associated Press on Nov. 16, 2011, at 7:36 p.m.
NEW YORK — Everywhere, it seems, people want to weigh in about the Occupy Wall Street protests around the country, from CEOs and politicians to your next-door neighbor. So far the talk has translated into little action. Two months into the movement, with police dismantling the encampments one by one, …
Supporters of the Occupy Aroostook movement gathered at the North Street parking lot Nov. 7 in preparation of their first march. Among participants were (from left) Troy Haines, Steve Demaio, Carol McKnight and John Cancelarich.

Occupy Aroostook movement seeks economic justice

By Kathy McCarty, Presque Isle Star-Herald on Nov. 16, 2011, at 7:12 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE — Occupy Aroostook, like counterpart groups across the nation — and the world — is spreading awareness of the disparity between economic classes and the need for economic justice for all. The local organization holds weekly meetings, with marches planned to help spread the message that citizens want …
A sign welcoming people to the OccupyMaine encampment in Lincoln Park in Portland, Maine is seen Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Protesters are preparing for the colder weather and vowing to stick it out through the winter.

OccupyMaine protesters insulate tents, vow to camp through winter

By CLARKE CANFIELD, The Associated Press on Nov. 15, 2011, at 5:45 p.m.
PORTLAND | OccupyMaine protesters worked Tuesday to insulate their tents, set up portable heaters and buy extra thermal socks as they vowed to stick it out in a city park for the winter months ahead. While police have been evicting protesters in New York and other cities, demonstrators in …
An Occupy Wall Street protester draws contact from a police officer Tuesday morning.

Judge rules against Occupy protesters, upholds NYC move to rid plaza of tents, sleeping bags

By Colleen Long and Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press on Nov. 15, 2011, at 11:26 a.m.
NEW YORK — Hundreds of police officers in riot gear raided the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York City in the pre-dawn darkness Tuesday, evicted hundreds of protesters and then demolished the tent city, leaving the future of the demonstration in limbo. Later in the day, a New York …

Oakland raid is latest in Occupy camp crackdowns

By From wire service reports on Nov. 14, 2011, at 8:12 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Police decked in riot gear and armed with tear gas cleared out Oakland’s anti-Wall Street encampment early Monday, the latest law enforcement crackdown amid complaints around the country of health and safety hazards at protest camps. The raid at the Occupy Oakland camp, one of the largest …
Eastern Maine Labor Council president Jack McKay (right), vice president Emery Deabay (center) and Scott Cuddy of IBEW 1253 were among the people who spoke at a press conference to express their support for Occupy Bangor. The event was held at Peirce Park near the Occupy Bangor encampment Friday.

Eastern Maine Labor Council backs Occupy Bangor demonstration

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 11, 2011, at 3:11 p.m.
The Eastern Maine Labor Council levied its support behind Occupy Bangor demonstrators Friday, arguing that the government’s economic practices have backed financial institutions and large corporations while leaving behind struggling middle-class workers. The EMLC, which represents 34 unions with more than 6,200 members, voted unanimously Monday to …