Democrats endorse Occupy Murfreesboro

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Occupy Murfreesboro protesters march Nov. 4 in protest of banking fees around the Square in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (TMP/M. Kemph)
Leaders of the Rutherford County Democratic Party have decided to officially support Occupy Murfreesboro protesters, following the passage of a resolution that was submitted to the Executive Committee meeting last week.

“As the massive income gap between the richest 1 percent and the rest of us continues to widen, Americans are beginning to take notice,” said Justin St. Clair, chairman of the Democratic Party, in a press release Thursday.

The resolution passed by an overwhelming margin, even though party leaders also recognized that the Occupy Murfreesboro movement has attempted to avoid partisan politics.

Specifically, local Democrats expressed their continued support for the ongoing peaceful exercise of First Amendment rights by Occupy Murfreesboro protesters at Civic Plaza, where the group has been camping out for more than a week.

Other leaders have also acknowledged that the decision could be considered controversial, being that the local branch of the Democratic Party has largely remained more conservative than others in more liberal areas of the country.

St. Clair said the party is supporting the Occupy movement because the groups share the same goal: Large financial institutions and corporations are benefiting too much, while many Americans remain unemployed.

“At a time when millions of Americans are struggling to support their families, through high unemployment and stagnant wages, Wall Street is posting record profits,” St. Clair said.

He said the situation is unfair and that is why the Occupy movement has gained steam nationwide, including here in Murfreesboro.

“True patriotism requires a shared sacrifice,” St. Clair said. “Our party supports the Occupy movement because we believe that hard work and sacrifice are the keys to the American dream, not short-term greed."


To read in-depth coverage of the Democratic Party's support of Occupy Murfreesboro, pick up a copy of the Dec. 18 print edition.

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December 17, 2011 at 7:27am
Hats off to the Democratic Party here in M'boro. So glad someone paid their $50 fine and approximately $40 fee/2 day fee. I felt sort of sorry them and wanted to help them myself. Thanks! Sometimes it takes larger collective groups who have a broader vision for the community to assist others in obtaining their goals. Great leadership from the DP and giving to assist others in need. Love it!
December 17, 2011 at 5:30pm
@ Triple T...oooohhhh to have youth and a cause...let him sit out in cold and feel good about himself in peace. Tee-hee.
December 17, 2011 at 8:53pm
@ TripleT..good point!
December 18, 2011 at 7:08am
Nevertheless, it they have nothing better to do here at Christmas time to make signs, chant their cause, sit in the cold to prove it....whatever it maybe, feel a little useful with their lives and I could care less what they believe they are proving...more power to them. I can't think of anything outside my faith-based beliefs and family that would drive me to take that kind of stand, and that would only be it I had to for some weird reason. Being young with a political cause is better than being young without a cause. So, I have no ill will toward these people in my town square as long as they abide by the city's ordinances. I hope they stay warm and have a Merry Christmas. :)
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