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Wall Street protest spreads to Norwalk

Melissa Topey • Nov 7, 2011 at 8:00 AM

The sign raising seen across the country in the last month protesting against Wall Street played out in Norwalk Saturday morning.

Those involved in the "American Dream Movement, Make Wall Street Pay" protest said even on a local level people should make their voices heard.

"When we tend to think of these (protests) ,we think of foreclosures and people sliding off the edge; we think it happens elsewhere. I am here to tell you it happens here; Norwalk is in trouble," said Patrick Saunders, who helped organize the event.

Standing along Saunders holding up signs that read "I support the 99%", "Main Street not Wall Street" and "Jobs, Not War" was a small group of six people, including 6-year old Lucas Lester.

"I told him he was doing a good thing," said his mom Sherida Knott.

Saunders said he had hoped for a bigger turnout but he was not dissuaded in his rally against what he says is corporate greed and the growing gap between big business, rich executives and average citizens.

"Sometimes it's the voices of the few that speak for the many," Saunders said.

Saunders said he and his wife helped their children at times when they were struggling in a hard economy that put a lot of demands on them. When Saunders and his wife needed help, there was no one they could turn to.

He is tired of watching his family, his friends and his neighbors struggle.

"Intelligence does not get paid," Saunders said. "I want to give government officials intelligence tests, like the foreign service exam."

Protester Richard Amerince, who is with Move On, pointed out what he said were several failures in governmental policy, including the Foreign Investment Tax Credit Act that benefits American companies who move overseas by allowing them to pay tax in that company while wiping out domestic tax.

"A lot of people do not know about that," Amerince said.

Sandusky resident Skip Oliver was at the protest and plans to be at a similar protest scheduled for this coming weekend in downtown Sandusky at Schade Mylander Park.

Saunders said he is not stopping and is planning a "teach in" open to the public to talk about poverty and more. There has been no location or date set yet.

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