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OCCUPIERS OCCUPIED WITH ORGANIZING

occupy-101511About three dozen people turned out for Saturday’s initial meeting of Occupy Red Bank at Marine Park, an event led by Connor Walby, center below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

connor-walby-101511Any expectations that a gathering dubbed Occupy Red Bank would attract throngs of longterm visitors similar to those protesting near Wall Street in Manhattan and elsewhere around the world proved mistaken Saturday.

Instead, a brief, low-key assemblage of about three-dozen people lived up, or down, to billing, as nothing more than an opportunity for participants to air concerns about economic and political trends, and to agree to meet again.

“The strength of this is what we agree on,” Connor Walby, who in his word “facilitated” the discussion, told the attendees arrayed in a loose circle on a concrete pad in Marine Park. “We agree that this is a broken system.”

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‘OCCUPY’ MEETUP TO TALK, NOT OCCUPY

occupyAn event inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement is slated for Saturday in Red Bank’s Marine Park, though no ‘occupation’ of the riverfront facility is planned, says an organizer.

The event is being put together by “a group of Monmouth County citizens, who were inspired by national events, and would like to create dialogue within the community,” a group spokesman tells redbankgreen via email.

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