About 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
Any 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.”
An 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.
Two major newspapers take a peek today into the world of technology-driven stock trading and its connection to a whipsaw drop and rebound in prices earlier this month by spotlighting a little-known Red Bank firm called Tradeworx.
In “humdrum” offices above the Restoration Hardware store on Broad Street, reporter New York Times Julie Crewell writes in a front-page story, “workers in their 20s and 30s in jeans and T-shirts quietly tend high-speed computers that typically buy and sell 80 million shares a day.”