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Zuccotti Park In Less Than 3 Minutes

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Perrierberet will now be publishing videos on YouTube to complement the blogging, audio and pictures, the latter now vastly improving in quality. This first video includes an interview with a man from Mendocino, Calif. who traveled to New York City this week to participate in the occupation for a few days.

“Zuccotti Park In Less Than 3 Minutes” can be viewed via the link below:

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

October 31, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Posted in Occupy Wall Street

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Occupy Weaverville

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WEAVERVILLE, CALIF.–Disaffected youth, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, have occupied a community park in rural Trinity County in protest of corporate greed and what they said is government indifference to the impoverished county.

Several dozen people entered the park in the early evening Sunday, established a communal campsite and began what they said would be an ongoing occupation aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues facing the area and to protest what they said was a lack of attention from the state and federal governments. While local law enforcement is on-scene, an official response has not yet been issued

“We have been promised so much when our resources were wanted, but when has the government helped us,” said Jim Bunson, 26 of Weaverville. He added that he felt some local businesses have not been responsive enough to the growing economic difficulties felt by many in the town of 3,500 including a local supermarket which purchases inventory in the nearby city of Redding before selling it in Weaverville at a profit.

Unemployment is about 25 percent in the rural county where lumber and tourism are prominent industries. While local officials cite crime as an ongoing concern in the area, the occupation of Lee Fong Park in Weaverville has left local law enforcement puzzled. Sheriff Bruce Haney said while local ordinances forbid lodging in the park, he will refrain from taking action for the time being.

“Frankly, we are not used to dealing with these types of situations in Weaverville,” Trinity County Sheriff Bruce Haney said. “The county supervisors are in a special session which will inform any later decision-making.”

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

October 25, 2011 at 5:57 am

Signs of Occupation 3

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Back by popular demand

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

October 24, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Eric Davis: WWII Veteran and Wall Street Occupier

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ZUCCOTTI PARK–Occupy Wall Street is not a youth movement; amidst the thousand or so people at the occupation Monday is a short, elderly man with piercing green eyes. An 86 year-old U.S. Coast Guard veteran would seem to stick out, yet few took notice as he stood there near the east end of the park. His unassuming nature complements a short stature and his relaxed Brooklyn accent. Truth be told, he is someone you would more expect to meet at the post office while getting a package or standing in line at the supermarket rather than in the middle of downtown Manhattan protesting corporate greed.

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

October 24, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Signs of Occupation 2

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Written by Zach E.J. Williams

October 24, 2011 at 3:06 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Embracing the Audience/Shifting Gears

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BOWLING GREEN–Defying expectations of this reporter, this blog actually has grown in readership. Strangely though, readers typically have one of two traits: matriculation at UC Berkeley or roots in the mountains of Trinity County, Calif. So that is what it is like and the way it is going to be. For that reason, pretensions will be cast aside (though not the use of the third-person when describing this reporter), the style will loosen and snark will become more conspicuous.

This blog will no longer put on airs of seeking to be thee number one news source about Occupy Wall Street. Such a task is beyond one reporter who always intended for this blog to evolve more organically. With the readership in mind, a Northern Californian readership will be the target audience in future content. Social networking has been invaluable to the success of this blog and will remain so.

This reporter has always sought to avoid producing carbon copies of the mainstream version of stories. Breaking news is what it is, yet sometimes stories from different news sources seem eerily similar begging the question whether journalists, like most humans, stampede in herds. For better or worse, this blog will be anything but that.

Recognizing this audience in Trinity County offers tremendous opportunities for a journalist. Seldom (if ever) has a reporter in a distant area of our country sought to inform readers in our small communities of events taking place with tremendous yet inconspicuous implications for the future of the county. The Internet makes this undertaking more possible in the past because of its convenience and democratic nature.

Spread the word!

Debates on the economy, social issues and the proper role of government are alive and well in Weaverville just as the impact of globalization is not hard to discern in front of the shuttered lumber mill in Hayfork where the death of a local industry has left a wound which has yet to heal. Occupy Wall Street made its way to Redding and Eureka  and we all know places such as Trinity County will be affected. These two cities are our closest geographical outlets to the outside world. Debates are taking place in The Trinity Journal and we all know the county is not as isolated as sometimes we would like to imagine.

With all of that in mind, another aspect of this blog must be clarified: further detail on this reporter. While fair reporting is the name of the game on perrierberet, but the caveats of objective reporting need clarification. This reporter is a 26 year-old under-employed journalist who like many of this generation grew up with a sense of promise in the American Dream: work hard, go to college and a path to success would be well-defined. Here we all are now in 2011 and the future did not turn out so perfectly, especially when one was so foolish to pursue journalism in this day and age. So this reporter is obviously in it for the money.

Once someone shares a common predicament with the occupiers in Zuccotti Park, lives amongst them, eats their lasagna then claiming objectivity is not quite the point. Many reporters are providing fair and balanced coverage while remaining on a pedestal. Competing with that would be futile considering the available resources for this blog. As stated in an earlier post this blog will emphasize “A People’s History” angle in content. Now as this reporter shifts gears in maintaining this blog the people of Trinity County will have a place to occupy online to gain additional insight into how events in New York City matter in their daily life.

Please email zachwill@gmail.com if you know anyone at Occupy Wall Street in New York City and help put them in contact with this reporter.

Written by Zach E.J. Williams

October 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Link to Leaked E-mails, etc.

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http://owsmail.dc406.com/

Written by Zach E.J. Williams

October 17, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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