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Occupy Movement Heads To Weston On Monday

Keith Brooks, who is launching Occupy Weston, poses with a picture he painted that relates to the financial crisis.
Keith Brooks, who is launching Occupy Weston, poses with a picture he painted that relates to the financial crisis. Photo Credit: Ken Liebeskind

WESTON, Conn. – The Occupy movement, which started on New York City's Wall Street in September 2011 and spread across the country, will be going to Weston on Monday as a group led by Keith Brooks meets at the Weston Library.

The group will meet at 11:30 a.m. for about an hour but won’t occupy the space on a long-term basis as other Occupy groups have done, Brooks said. The group will plan future activities, he said.

“It doesn’t differ from other Occupy movements except we haven’t done anything in the street,” he said. “I’ll ask members what we can do.”

Brooks plans to hand out a checklist with a series of Occupy activities, including providing employment and closing tax loopholes. “We’ll make an action plan based on the priorities,” he said.

The Occupy movement is sometimes criticized for not having an agenda, he said. “Our meeting is to organize and agree on an agenda. None of it will happen in Weston except the meeting.”

When asked why an Occupy group would form in Weston, where many residents are among the 1 percent of top earners that the group scorns, he said, “Many of the wealthy believe something is wrong, including Warren Buffett, who said, ‘Class warfare has been going on for the past 20 years, and my class has won.’”

Occupy is “the most important political movement in the country because it’s grass roots and because people are frustrated and disappointed and know something is wrong and want to do something about it. That’s what democracy is,” Brooks said.

He is semi-retired from Brooks Environmental Consulting, a Norwalk company he founded in 1970. “I joined the Navy when I was 17 and haven’t done anything for my country since then,” he said. “I thought the best thing I can do is what the Occupy movement is trying to do. The inequality of income and wealth is a serious threat to our well-being as Americans.”

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