‘Occupy Wall Street’ demonstration blooms out in Somers Point

The location of South Jersey's "Occupy Wall Street" demonstration on Route 9 in Somers Point.

Occupy Wall Street occupied South Jersey Sunday.

Well, it occupied a a little of it. Near the bank.

Somers Point added itself to the list of some 70 cities where protesters have demonstrated against unfairness in America’s financial, tax and health care systems, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

Ocean City resident Jaime Bowen pulled together about 20 people outside the Bank of America on Route 9, who held up signs and chanted “We’re speaking up for you.”

Though this crowd is a fraction-of-a-fraction as large as the gatherings in downtown New York (and though a corner bank by the Shop Rite isn’t exactly the Stock Exchange), one woman told the Press this was a demonstration to which she could safely bring her 9-month-old son.

Occupy Wall Street protests began in New York on Sept. 17. Though they’ve attracted an often confusing variety of left-wing voices, the initial motivation for the march was low tax revenues from wealthy entities, and the shortage of reform or accountability after taxpayers bailed out much of the financial industry.

Adbusters, the media company that first suggested the protests, says it wants President Obama to “ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington.”

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