Photo: Rockford marches in support of Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Rockford, a branch of Occupy Wall Street, has formed. The new group marched Tuesday, Oct. 11, from Beattie Park, 401 N. Main St., to City Hall, 425 E. State St., with more than 107 protesters in what they called a “Jobs Not Cuts March.” Last Saturday, Oct. 8, 50 people attended the second organizational meeting. Their signs on Tuesday read: “The Math!! 99%>1% We will be heard!,” “End Corporate Greed,” “People Over Politics,” “End the Fed,” “Tax the Rich” and “Save The American Dream!” According to The New York Times: “Occupy Wall Street is a diffuse group of activists who say they stand against corporate greed, social inequality and other disparities between rich and poor. On Sept. 17, 2011, the group began a loosely organized protest in New York’s financial district, encamping in Zuccotti Park, a privately owned park open to the public, in Lower Manhattan. The idea, according to some organizers, was to camp out for weeks or even months to replicate the kind, if not the scale, of protests that had erupted earlier in 2011 in places as varied as Egypt, Spain and Israel.” Occupy Rockford has scheduled an organizational meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Katie’s Cup and is planning another major event Saturday, Oct. 15, most likely downtown. For information about upcoming events, go to and the Facebook page at and Twitter at @OccupyRockford. (Photo by Frank Schier)

From the Oct. 12-18, 2011, issue