THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN: Occupy protest set for Thursday downtown

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Wednesday, Nov 16 2011 06:00 PM
Last Updated Wednesday, Nov 16 2011 06:02 PM

After several weeks of protesting at the corner of Truxtun and Chester avenues with Occupy Bakersfield, Jarrett Newhouse is impressed by how well he has been received.

“With Bakersfield being a pretty conservative town, surprisingly we’ve gotten more support than I thought we would,” Newhouse said.

The demonstrator hopes a Thursday protest coinciding with National Day of Action to support the Occupy movement will inspire more people to participate in the local daily protests.

The gathering is slated for 4 p.m. at the Liberty Bell at the downtown corner. Newhouse, who is one of the protest’s organizers, said Thursday’s event will include speakers and more participants than the daily protests.

The protest goes beyond political parties, Newhouse said, because everyone is impacted by what is happening in Washington, D.C., and on Wall Street. He said the gathering is not necessarily in remembrance of the ousting of Occupy Wall Street protesters from a New York City park earlier this week.

“Everyone’s there as an individual (Thursday),” Newhouse said.

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