Welcome to Occupy Roanoke
Hammerstrom lives in Roanoke.
On Oct. 15, 2011, almost 200 concerned citizens converged on Elmwood Park in downtown Roanoke. It was the beginnings of Occupy Roanoke. Now, nearly six months later, the movement is still active. The winter took its toll on the number of participants, but there still is an active and growing presence re-emerging.
Occupy Roanoke is not Occupy Wall Street or Occupy Oakland or any other city’s Occupy group. We are in solidarity with them in general, but we act independently. We are a nonpartisan assembly that finds fault with both parties and feels that many in elected office are influenced by powerful interests that can buy the laws that favor them and not the entire country.
There are many concerns the Occupy Movement has taken up; Occupy Roanoke has focused on three primary issues. These are issues that when looked at seriously most Americans could support.