Saturday, October 15, 2011

Occupy Anchorage And Occupy Fairbanks October 15th Rallies Bring Hundreds Into The Streets Of Both Cities

Note: All posts about Occupy Alaska available HERE, with the most recent post displaying first.

Occupy Fairbanks: Many more photos available at
As promised, activists from Occupy Anchorage and Occupy Fairbanks took to the streets of their respective cities on October 15th, 2011 to manifest their opposition to corporate abuse and government oppression. At least 100 were present in Fairbanks, and "hundreds" in Anchorage, although a precise number there wasn't given. The Anchorage group was fleshed out by a number of people from Occupy Kenai/Soldotna, who decided to commute to Anchorage. The events coincided with demonstrations around the globe in support of the Wall Street protests.

The Fairbanks group formed up at the Sadler’s parking lot at 11:30 a.m., then began their march at City Hall. From there, they marched to the Post Office, to the Golden Heart Plaza, to the Alaska-Siberia World War II Memorial, to the Co-Op Plaza and back to Bicentennial Park. has a gallery of 12 photos available. Some of the participants retained a sense of humor; Will Collingwood carried an oversized sign with big block letters spelling out, “$16 trillion in bailouts and all I got was this lousy sign.” You can see from the photo posted above that it was indeed a cross-section of ordinary Alaskans; even an overt Ron Paul supporter was present.

The Anchorage group formed up in Towne Square starting at 12:00 p.m., initially passing out copies of their non-violence principles to participants. Eventually, a portion of them marched over to a nearby branch of Key Bank and symbolically declared the bank to be in foreclosure. It would have been more appropriate for them to target Wells Fargo, one of a number of banks taking advantage of a loophole in Dodd-Frank to increase debit card fees, but Key Bank was much closer. KTUU and the Anchorage Daily News only published nominal stories, but an activist identified as Todd explains the situation in the video embedded below:

Other videos are available on the Occupy Anchorage YouTube channel. No updates yet from either Occupy Homer, which planned to put around 30 activists in the streets there, or from Occupy Juneau.

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