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Occupy Wall Street Rallies in Quiet New Caanan (General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt's house)
The Daily New Canaan News ^ | October 22, 2011 | Richard Weizel

Posted on 10/22/2011 5:44:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Daisy Franklin of Norwalk was among the nearly 100 protestors who came to the New Canaan home of General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt Saturday to take part in the first known Occupy Wall Street rally in Fairfield County.

"I worked in a small Norwalk manufacturing company for 15 years until it was forced to shut down a year ago," Franklin, 55, told the crowd, using a bullhorn.

"Now, I get by on less than $200 a week of unemployment for me and my daughter. When you run out of money, you run out of options. So, if you're hungry you just try and wait until the next check shows up.

"I want to work, but when companies like GE eliminate jobs and send them overseas, it hurts us all. It's disgusting that they don't even pay as much taxes as we do! We must end corporate welfare!"

The crowd, which included a busload of about 30 protestors from the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City, roared their approval.

"In this economy I'm too old to work and too young to die," said Mary VanDoren, of New Milford, who worked as a reporter and marketing writer for 25 years before being laid off six months ago. "I can't even get an interview."

Then, the chants started.

"We are the 99 percent, we are the 99 percent!" the protesters shouted, led by June Benjamin, a member of the Hartford-based Connecticut Working Families Party, which organized the rally.

She urged on the crowd, also aided by a bullhorn. "What do we want?" Benjamin asked. "Jobs!" shouted the protesters. "When do we want them," Benjamin screamed. "Now, now!" shouted the protesters, most of whom carried placards, too.

Slogans such as "Stop Exporting U.S. Jobs," "Fight the Attack on the Middle Class," and "We are Occupy Wall Street ... and We'll Be Back" were printed on signs.

Godfrey Ferguson, 48, of Hamden, a board member AFSCME Local 2663 in Lebanon, urged the crowd to chant loudly so Immelt could hear them if he were home.

"Hey, ho, corporate greed has got to go!" Godfrey shouted to the crowd. "Corporate greed is killing the American dream. We must raise awareness about how corporate greed is destroying the middle class," Godfrey told the protestors.

Tracy Horeis, 20, was among the Occupy Wall Street contingent who came up from New York City to take part in the rally.

"There is such a big gap between the rich and poor, and I felt it was important to be part of this here in Connecticut today," said Horeis, who said her family has been homeless in the past. "It's crazy that people like Jeff Immelt can live here like this, and people are starving and homeless. No child should have to go to bed at night hungry and without a bed to sleep in."

The independent political group held the protest at Immelt's home to draw attention to what it calls Fairfield-based GE's "corporate greed" and indifference to "ordinary working Americans" by eliminating 19,000 jobs during the past few years.

Numerous drivers passing by the protestors often honked their horns in approval during the two-hour rally, and frequently gave the thumbs up sign.

The protestors, surrounded by New Canaan police, tried ringing Immelt's doorbell bell outside his gated West Road mansion. There was no answer, but the protesters were ready.

"He won't answer, so we're leaving a little message for him," Jon Green, executive director of Connecticut Working Families, told the cheering crowd as he placed a large placard outside the gate with a letter asking, "Do you want to know what life is life for struggling families in Connecticut? Will you commit yourself to creating jobs, and not destroying them?

"We are the 99 percent. And no matter how hard you try to pretend we don't matter, we don't even exist, we will not be ignored," the letter concludes.

"While many Americans continue to struggle, Jeff Immelt exemplifies the growing divide between rich and powerful executives and everyone else," said Green. "Unemployment is stuck at over 9 percent, and GE has eliminated 19,000 U.S. jobs. As most Americans have seen their incomes decline, Jeff Immelt has seen his pay jump to over $21 million last year."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut; US: New York
KEYWORDS: ceo; chinajobcreator; cnbc; connecticut; economy; fatcats; ge; immelt; jobczar; msnbc; nbc; newyork; obamapolicies; occupy; occupynewcanaan; occupywallstreet; ontarget; paysnotaxes; therich; venturesocialism
I guess they didn't get the word that certain fatcat friends of Obama were off-limits. I once belonged to AFSCME and they're about as bad as SEIU or AFGE.
1 posted on 10/22/2011 5:45:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jeff will bake them cookies, put on an apron and serve them.


2 posted on 10/22/2011 5:47:00 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m guessing they’re just covering the bases for show.


3 posted on 10/22/2011 5:47:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If the OWS figures out who the real villains are, look for the media to turn on them overnight.


4 posted on 10/22/2011 5:47:25 PM PDT by omega4179
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

OK, now we’re getting closer to the real culprits


5 posted on 10/22/2011 5:52:11 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: omega4179

Like showing up at one of Mr. Soros’ palatial estates?


6 posted on 10/22/2011 5:52:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"I want to work, but when companies like GE eliminate jobs and send them overseas, it hurts us all. It's disgusting that they don't even pay as much taxes as we do! We must end corporate welfare!"

So everybody, who's Jeff's buddy on Pennsylvania Avenue??

7 posted on 10/22/2011 5:54:31 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They all go through their goofy routines and then register to vote as DemocRATS. Geesh! Morons! You want jobs? You sure aren’t going to get them in Barry’s hopey/changey Socialist/Communist country. Capitalism = jobs. Learn it. Love it.


8 posted on 10/22/2011 5:54:48 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Stop Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

immelt and obama belong in jail.


9 posted on 10/22/2011 5:55:44 PM PDT by ken21
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oops, OWS... wrong house! I’d like to be in on the call Immelt’s going to make to Obama.

Or is it just a put-on?


10 posted on 10/22/2011 5:57:54 PM PDT by Third Person
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To: DTogo
So everybody, who's Jeff's buddy on Pennsylvania Avenue??

And, pray tell, why down here in DC are the Occupiers occupying Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square but NOT Lafayette Square Park in front of the White House with old Crazy Connie?

11 posted on 10/22/2011 6:00:27 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The first "job" they might try is clean-up duty.

Gimme a break....Somehow, taxing everybody else is gonna result in jobs for YOU?

You need to get a grip, lady.

12 posted on 10/22/2011 6:01:46 PM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jack Welch did most of the stuff they’re pissed off about and they’ll never get near him. Immelt will probably do a photo op with ‘em.


13 posted on 10/22/2011 6:03:06 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

hate to admit this but i give these smelly hippies credit for going to Immelt’s house to protest...


14 posted on 10/22/2011 6:15:44 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

GE owns 49% of MS/C/NBC.

If Brian Williams or the Star Wars lineup on prime time MSNBC didn’t report this, it didn’t happen.

</massive sarcasm>


15 posted on 10/22/2011 6:27:42 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik ("The trouble with internet quotations is that you don't know if they are true"-Abraham Lincoln.)
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To: omega4179

If the OWS figures out who the real villains are, look for the media to turn on them overnight.


Truer words were never spoken.


16 posted on 10/22/2011 6:27:42 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jon Green, executive director of Connecticut Working Families Party, signs his name to a giant letter left at the New Canaan home of General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt.

17 posted on 10/22/2011 6:34:41 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Big money has bought our government - and not just one side of the aisle.

They send jobs overseas for bigger profits and bigger bonuses and our government makes this profitable. This whole siding with OWS is just a big charade on the part of the rats.

We need a real American - a non-politican - who won’t sell his/her soul- to be in charge. Until we get this the rape of the American taxpayer will continue.


18 posted on 10/22/2011 6:36:43 PM PDT by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.
The crowd, which included a busload of about 30 protestors from the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City... "We are the 99 percent, we are the 99 percent!"
The reason they don't count is because they can't count. And, since they can't do math, so, they don't know economics.


19 posted on 10/22/2011 6:37:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I want to work, but when companies like GE eliminate jobs and send them overseas, it hurts us all. It’s disgusting that they don’t even pay as much taxes as we do! We must end corporate welfare!”

Meanwhile Immelt of GE chairs Obama’s blue ribbon committee to save jobs from going overseas. Do you see something wrong with this picture?


20 posted on 10/22/2011 6:58:19 PM PDT by chuckee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

if they would have called the tea party on this before they went....probably would have got around 100,000 instead of 30


21 posted on 10/22/2011 7:03:16 PM PDT by OL Hickory (Jesus and the American soldier-1 died for your soul/1 died for your freedom)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Glenn Beck recently sold his home in New Caanan, Connecticut. He’s in the process of moving to Texas. Can’t say that I blame him one bit.


22 posted on 10/22/2011 7:29:58 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Abolish TSA....Abolish Department of Fatherland Security...Just Say NO to the American Police State!)
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“I worked in a small Norwalk manufacturing company for 15 years until it was forced to shut down a year ago,” Daisy Franklin told the crowd, using a bullhorn.

Well, geez Louise, Daisy. Let me guess.....liberal politicians in Connecticut raised the taxes on your employer repeatedly until the point your employer had trouble making a profit? Left-wing environmentalist wackos imposed burdersome regulations and fines on your employer? Liberal attorneys harassed your company with frivilous lawsuits so they and their corrupt clients could win the lawsuit lottery? You and your union pals demanded more and more pay and benefits while doing less and less work, making it next to impossible for the manufacturing company you worked for to turn a profit?

Am I getting warm, Daisy?


23 posted on 10/22/2011 7:40:06 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Abolish TSA....Abolish Department of Fatherland Security...Just Say NO to the American Police State!)
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24 posted on 10/22/2011 8:24:01 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I've been in New Caanan many times and the Fleabaggers would not fit in. . . absolutely gorgeous area of Connecticut.

The people living there are very protective of everything to do with their community, even their playgrounds. . . if you're not a resident, stay away.

It's a pleasure to just imagine how they are reacting to these people. : )

25 posted on 10/22/2011 9:28:33 PM PDT by mia
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I hate staged news ops, especially when the media works to hide the staging. Why I seldom even watch TV news.

From the article:

The independent political group... As reported by the Daily New Caanan News ... Connecticut Working Families Party, which organized the rally.

Probably no one noticed that the WFP is a socialist/communist party dedicated to state control of everything.

26 posted on 10/23/2011 6:59:20 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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Odd that the only Daisy Franklin that I can find in Norwalk CT is this lady:

http://www.ct-housing.org/wordpress/about-us/board-of-directors

“Daisy Franklin – Vice President, Public Housing Resident Network”

Hmmm ... Commies wouldn't lie to advance their agenda, would they?

27 posted on 10/23/2011 7:04:59 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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Interesting,

Seems they are planning even more organized protests, Move on initiated.

link

Today, MoveOn.org is holding a planning meeting in Manhattan to discuss ways to take on Wall Street in coordination with Occupy Wall Street.

..."How is this connected to Occupy Wall Street? Our goal is to launch targeted local campaigns to complement the amazing work being done by brave Occupy Wall Street protesters –something MoveOn members around the country have been asking for.

28 posted on 10/23/2011 8:30:35 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: mia

Yes, and to add to that, New Canaan is a very conservative / Republican town. Can’t remember the last democrat voted into office.


29 posted on 10/23/2011 3:55:12 PM PDT by always vigilant
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