Protestors Voice Out in Rockford

By: Stephen Johnson
By: Stephen Johnson

Rallying for government change, more than 120 members of Occupy Rockford took to the streets this afternoon. The group has held protests all week, but this time around, they had an opponent on the other side of the street: the Rockford Tea party.

"We just want to show people that we are here, that we exist. We believed in freedom and liberty and freedom financially with jobs for everyone before all these groups”, says David Hale, organizer of the Rockford Tea Party.

It was a tale of two very different sides. The Tea Party, holding a silent rally while singing patriotic songs, and Occupy Rockford showing enthusiasm with chants, whistles and drums; voicing the same message of those at the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York.

Occupy Rockford member Benjamin Taylor says, “We don't support a particular party or particular politicians. What we do support and advocate for is the restoration of the American middle class."

While international movements have grown violent this weekend, both sides in Rockford stressed peace in their protests, letting their words do the work.

"Both myself and the organization as a whole have been vocally and often stressing that such confrontations are respectful and entirely peaceful. We're not a violent unruly mob”, says Taylor.

No more protests are planned for either group, but Occupy Rockford says they will continue to hold meetings about future rallies.


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  • by Jim Cook Location: Franklin Park on Oct 28, 2011 at 02:39 PM
    Open letter to the OWS.I am a blue collar worker. I have been since I was 16. I once was unemployed for three months but never accepted a government handout. I currently have a job that I love with great benefits. I've never bought anything that I couldn't afford. I have always been self motivated. I've never pointed the finger at someone else for my misfortunes. I vote, I volunteer. I am the 50% of the 100% that pay taxes. Put your hand back into your own pocket and stop blaming others for YOUR mistakes.

  • by mike on Oct 17, 2011 at 05:13 PM
    i just dont understand how this occupy wall street say they are for the 99 % when they are backed by far left groups , socialist ,commies and labor unions. first off they do make some valid points but they seemed to be lost in all the far left b.s !! dont you think unions and some of theese far left groups are just as much to bla,e for the problems we have ? also how is it anyones right to take frome another ? if you dont like the buisness practices of a certian company then excersice your right and dont do buisness with them !!
  • by Tim on Oct 17, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    I think the real deception is this group claims to represent the 99%. NO, you represent the segment of society that either does not want to work and wants government to take care of you, is disheartened by the realization that hope and change turned out to be a bust (yet fail to realize who's REALLY to blame for that), or is so wrapped up in the delusional myth of Obama that you feel hard working people are oppressing you. Some facts for you. Those iPods, iPads, iPhones, laptops you use, the shoes, jeans, shirts, hoodies you wear...ALL of that is the result of capitalism. You're twitting your followers about how you're making a difference? Guess what? You're using a technology created as a positive effect of capitalism. Americans who work hard or who are actively trying to look for jobs are oppressed by a government that enforces hurtful economic policies in the name of environmentalism or being union friendly, or that disasterous plan known as Obamacare. If you all would've been alive during colonial times there would've never been an American Revolution because all you'd be doing is complaining instead of working hard. Guess what? most if not all of your ancestors came to this country and worked hard, not sitting on some street whinning. You wanna protest a street? Don't protest Wall St., protest 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
  • by Tim on Oct 17, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    If capitalism (which all you occupiers claim to hate despite owning iPhones/iPads/etc) were allowed to function then the big evil corporations that would have failed if not for the bailouts would have failed. You want to blame someone? BLAME THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP! The auto bailouts, numerous other bailouts, put forth by Obama and the dems. Obama is the largest recipient of Wall Street donations by a president EVER! Yet he gives a shout out to you and you think he's on your side. The unions which claim to support you - they're leadership double and even triple dips on pensions with absolutely NO regard for the working class like you. You want to be viewed as something more than a bunsh of lazy slacker hippy wannabes? First come up with a difinitive aim (not smash capitalism/end war/go green/vegetable rights and peace), and call for change with the REAL people causing this - THE DEMOCRATIC party leadership at the state and federal levels.
  • by anon on Oct 17, 2011 at 07:00 AM
    @Patty. That is the problem with free speech. People like you in you little spot in the world are clueless and then allowed to speak. CEOs of companies and banks are making millions while no one is getting a pay increase. Your post makes it sound like you are one of the people responsible for that. You are correct about where the jobs come from, but these same people are making millions from the sweatshops around the world. Dell, Apple, HP all use forced labor in CHINA! That's right folks check into it. Enjoy that new iPhone. It cost $8 in labor to make it. Why then is it $300....greed basic economics Patty.
  • by gary on Oct 16, 2011 at 06:18 PM
    i support the occupiers. But peaceful protest never will change a thing. the only thing that brings change is to replace the ruling class by a widespread revolt of all the 99%. The i% are just laughing at you. The time to take up arms is now!
  • by Glenn Lego Location: Rockford, Il on Oct 16, 2011 at 04:12 PM
    What is the reason that Chase Bank was chosen as the site for the protests? Does anyone have an idea why this particular business was chosen? Just curious. Thank you
  • by Lalee Location: Rockford on Oct 16, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    Why would any group oppose retaining America's middle class and the FREEDOM to EARN a living wage. That's what real americans want.
  • by John Location: Rockford on Oct 16, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    Occupy Rockford has protests every day at noon. Come meet us and ask questions. I bet there is a 99% chance you are represented by us.
  • by Chinook Location: Rockford on Oct 16, 2011 at 10:37 AM
    It's about time,WE, The People, took our government back. Term limits for Congress is a must. Cutting spending is #2. Remember, some precincts are having tampering of votes. We need watchdogs @ every precinct. Speak up and take back our Country.
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