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"Occupy Emmaus" Occupies Emmaus Triangle

Local supporters plan to remain in the downtown indefinitely.

A group of Emmaus residents took a stand against large corporations and Wall Street today as they joined the many other "Occupy" groups across the nation.

Partnering with "Occupy Allentown," Emmaus resident Chris Marksberry, one of the leaders of the group, said he and his friends are "Pretty much fighting corporate greed, supporting Wall Street (protestors), and of course supporting Occupy Allentown. Pretty much the same thing everyone else is doing."

Marksberry said they have been planning the local protest for about a week, although he was somewhat disappointed with the turnout. At 3 p.m. 6 protestors stood at the east end of , but by 4 p.m. the numbers had grown to more than a dozen.

"We're planning to stay here through the parade. We're going to stay here overnight. We're going to stay here as long as we can and pretty much do our thing 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week."

He said they're expecting at least 20 more people. Occupy Allentown is planning to come out to show their support.

A Facebook event was created by Marksberry to tell others about the protest. "It's open to discussion. Anyone who wants to post anything can," he said.

He explained that some of the protestors are employed, some aren't. "We're all here for the same cause," he explained.

Jason George, owner of on Chestnut Street posted a comment on the Facebook event's wall.

"Remember, this is not about pushing a specific political standpoint, it is about discussion between all of us. This is not an 'us' vs. 'them,' this is everyone working together to make life better."

Despite looming thunderstorms and possible tornadoes, Marksberry said, "Let 'em come. I'll stay here."

Jennifer Marangos (Editor) October 17, 2011 at 05:15 PM
I was just down at the Triangle and there is at least one Occupy Emmaus supporter there right now.
Larry Delhagen October 17, 2011 at 10:37 PM
"They want NO SUCCESSES for the president and therefore for the country". Nancy, you and I know there are things we can agree upon, especially with respect to good government at the local level. But I have to take issue with your comment. It is simply untrue. The Democrats took both the House and the Senate in...ding, ding, ding, 2006. The still have the Senate and the House only became Republican controlled just this past January, so blaming Obama's inability to accomplish anything positive with respect to the economy is a totally specious claim. His jobs bill failed to pass this past week in the Democrat controlled Senate. How can the Republican Congress kill something that is already dead? Lastly, Obama got 780 billion (with a "B") in stimulus money from the Democrat Congress and Senate in 2009, spent it on his political cronies, failed to create jobs, put us that much farther into debt and got no demonstrable return on our investment. Why do you think giving him another 480 billion is going to have any different results? You do remember how Einstein defined insanity, don't you?
Larry Delhagen October 17, 2011 at 11:00 PM
Jason, if Amazon's working conditions are that egregious, and I don't deny they are, there are methods of redress that do not involve standing in our triangle with the signs that you currently have. That's just a straw man argument and you know it. Take the kids and go protest Amazon if you don't like their working conditions, or advise the employees to make a complaint to OSHA, or in the great tradition of the American labor movement, attempt to organize a union there so the employees can collectively bargain for air conditioning. Protesting in the triangle for the end of Capitalism because some of your protesters used to work at Amazon makes about as much sense as me staging a protest march calling for the abolition of Major League Baseball because I don’t like the size of the soda cups in Fenway Park.
Nancy O'Keefe October 18, 2011 at 12:20 AM
Larry, I maintain that the House will never allow an Obama success, even at the expense of our country. I also maintain that the Republicans have put this country on the brink of financial ruin by passing along to this administration a slew of problems that time and space here prohibit me from detailing, but let me name a few: GWB getting us involved in a war for which an end is questionable; looking the other way while the shenanigans of Wall St., were underway, implicating the mortgage meltdown, a global economic crisis, massive unemployment, etc., etc. And, one of my personal favorites, extending the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans -- the 1% about which these protests are happening. Yes, these ARE problems that Obama inherited that were a long time in the making and, coupled with a beligerent House, which will implicate his presidency. As far as the bailout is concerned (and it was actually George W. who signed the TARP bill), as nauseating as it is to me that we gave the people responsible for the meltdown taxpayer money, the majority of economic experts say that the stimulus handouts were the right thing to do or risk collapsing the entire world economy.
Larry Delhagen October 18, 2011 at 01:12 AM
Jason...hold on. If things are better now at Amazon, then why are your former Amazon employed fellow protestors not working there again instead of walking aimlessly around our sidewalks? Does this mean Capitalism actually worked and Amazon responded to whatever pressures wear brought to bear upon it? You can't have it both ways Jason. You can't hold a sign saying "Capitalism is Working for Me" and then tell me that Capitalism just worked for you. That is the definition of whining. And yes, unionizing would give labor the right to negotiate the use of part time versus full time labor. It's constantly bargained over. Stop whining. Or is that YOUR version of "saying anything"?
Larry Delhagen October 18, 2011 at 01:14 AM
That should be "Capitalism ISN"T Working For Me".
Larry Delhagen October 18, 2011 at 01:25 AM
BTW Jason, you can "protest" anywhere you want. You can stand outside all winter long for all I care. My point about taking the kids and going over to Amazon if that's why they are disgruntled is that your selectiveness with respect to the "issues" and targets you have decided to protest is preposterous.
Nora Markovitch October 18, 2011 at 02:50 AM
All I have to say is that regardless of whether you are against us, or for us, it is ALL of you who have helped us become more popular and stronger. :)
Nora Markovitch October 18, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Also, I should report that I am not a "kid".
Larry Delhagen October 18, 2011 at 02:58 AM
Nancy, I think you are confusing Henry Paulson's and Bush's TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) with Obama's and the Democrats 2009 "stimulus". Almost without exception, (AIG still being one) the "too big to fail" banks have repaid the U.S. Treasury at a profit to the taxpayer. You can not say that about the stimulus monies Obama obtained from the then Democrat Congress and spent on one time band-aids, short term fixes, overt bribes to campaign contributors and "not yet shovel ready" jobs. Again, Obama has had almost 3 years and a virtual blank check yet, zip, zero, nada of his administration's ideas, policies or programs have worked. It's time for new ideas. Or old ones that have been proven to have worked in the past, even though they may not advance a Progressive agenda. "It's all Bush's fault" was a good enough rally cry for 2008....but it's simply not going to cut it this time....no matter how fervently you have convinced yourself you believe it.
Mike Bachmann October 18, 2011 at 11:08 AM
At least one? "We are the 99%"
Nancy O'Keefe October 18, 2011 at 11:56 AM
Larry, TARP $$/stimulus $$ = two sides of the same coin. It's a very good thing that the companies that created the crisis have paid most of it back to the government. But they still have a huge debt to societies around the world because of the peripheral trauma that was spun off from the meltdown. We should also credit them with the reason why the "Occupation" is happening in the first place -- to put their arrogance and greed on display for the world to see. The TARP money was to help bail out Bush's cronies; but the stimulus money, which has Obama's name on it, was designed to create the jobs that were lost as a result of the crisis. And, you are incorrect in suggesting that there were no jobs created as a result of the stimulus dollars. Rather, there were almost 4 million jobs created. As an aside, what I find so amusing is the hypocrisy I hear from the politicians who most loudly decry the stimulus but who stood in line to accept money for jobs in their districts. Let's see where the president's next jobs bill goes, Larry. We both know that the Republicans will trash this one as well because it will be funded by a .5 percent tax surcharge against those earning over a million dollars. Shame, shame, shame on President Obama for causing those millionaires such pain. On a similar note, I'm anxiously awaiting the real disection of Cain's 9-9-9 plan when his Tea Party supporters find that it's actually going to raise their taxes but not those of the top 1%.
Jeff Lotte October 19, 2011 at 03:25 AM
Just a refresher course on "jobs" Government positions do not count as jobs. Those are nothing but a further drain of resources. BTW, just how many people retired, opening up positions for "new jobs". Don't let the 4 million jobs hype fool you, you have to look at the big picture and how those jobs came to be.....warning, you will be disappointed.
Jeff Lotte October 19, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Obama supplies nothing but feel good lip service. I hope to heel that his jobs plan as HE called it was swept aside, it was nothing more than throwing billions more into the fire just to see if it spreads. The man wants everybody to see things HIS way and it aint gonna happen. Blame it on Republicans if that's what makes you feel good, but if you look at the facts and the votes from BOTH sides you hopefully can see that the hype this community organizer uses is just hype, plain and simple. The man is simply NOT a leader.
JR October 19, 2011 at 11:56 PM
First, I would like to see some job postings on this site. This is not a subtle piece of sarcasm. It is an honest request. Who, in the Emmaus Borough, where everything is within walking distance, has a job to offer a high school graduate? Second, When you see a young person working hard and looking scared, obviously a new employee, do you compliment them on their effort? McDonald's, a favorite of mine, has nice young folks and I always thank them for their help. In a diner, when you have a waitress who looks haggard and who forgot your request for something, do you ask her in a kindly tone that you still need the item? When you get it, do you tell her how bad it must be for her, that she looks so tired, and that the eatery looks understaffed? Do you leave her a nice tip, knowing the great pressure that she is under? Do you thank her on the way out the door? Our kids need jobs and they generally get them in the service industries and that is one area where I see some people acting like ogres, treating the young employees like stupid servants and looking for any excuse not to leave a tip. So, those are two issues that I recognize. The kids need jobs and they need encouragement and compliments when they do a good job. And you know what, they usually do a great job.
Carl Stevenson October 20, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Anthony ... And these protesters on the triangle are "turning creative ideas into goods and services" exactly how??? Get real ... These socks puppets of the left are more an example of the ills of society than solutions to its problems.
Carl Stevenson October 20, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Ghost ... Your posts are very spot on ...
karen Glenville October 26, 2011 at 02:24 PM
"Occupying" Emmaus, Pa is the most absurd thing I have heard about this whole "movement." All they did was take up space in a small town and drive customers away from small business owners. Occupying WALL STREET made at least some sort of sense. OCCUPYING EMMAUS???? Why? Who were they trying to make an impression on? The Creamery on Main? I haven't seen them lately and I am really, really glad. Yesterday I saw a dad and his two daughters playing in the triangle. That's what it's for.
Lyle Richardson November 12, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Local supporters plan to remain in the downtown indefinitely. Looks like this group fizzled out, I have not seen anyone in a while. Where in Emmaus are the Occupy Emmaus people ?????
Lyle Richardson November 12, 2011 at 02:44 AM
I see Allentown Occupy is strong with tents etc...
Larry Delhagen February 11, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Well, wasn't Snowblast a nice event? THAT'S what the Triangle is for. And as for the big labor sponsored "occupy movement", funny how everything I surmised was coming from these surrogates for big labor and the Obama Re-Election Campaign has since come to pass. Just wait for the nice weather to return....Richard Trumka, Andy Stern, David Axelrod and their minions have big plans for us in 2012. Riots, destruction of property, violence, prevention of commerce, and ultimately more lost jobs....all because life isn't fair and the federal government will never be big enough, or confiscate enough wealth from the private sector for their tastes. It's going to be a hoot. Not. Oh, and I'm still waiting for any sign of the occupy sock-puppets turning on Obama. Since this "movement" began, our "Dear Leader" has raised more money from Wall Street than all of the Republican candidates combined, reversed his stand on Super-PACs and Citizens United, provided unfettered access to hundreds of lobbyists/campaign donation bundlers, and doubled down on the inside-the-beltway, crony-capitalism that is bleeding this country dry....and not a peep from these people. They do what their told, and go where their sent. Anyone STILL think this isn't all part of the plan hatched in the back rooms of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?
Nora Markovitch February 13, 2012 at 03:00 AM
On a side note, I find it HILARIOUS how not one single person demeans or talks shit on the older guys over by the post office... WHO ARE DOING THE SAME THING. The only reason why we are getting the shit end of the stick is because we are the younger generation, and people like Larry think that they are better than us. Karma is a bitch Larry, always remember that.
Larry Delhagen February 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Dear Nora...the Patch administrators see fit to remove posts that are particularly objectionable, or perhaps you self censored. But in either event, all replies on this thread are emailed to me, and I thought your first post, now deleted from Patch, should be put up so that people can view both of your responses, the above, and your original, in proper context. "Dear Larry, You are a COMPLETE moron, and the world is better off without you in it. Keep your pathetic comments to yourself, especially since this thread is extremely old. You are more immature than a middle school child. "THAT'S what the Triangle is for" comment just royally pissed me off. It's a park, it's for more than just what YOU have in mind, jackass." Oh Nora...where to begin? You obviously want the right to protest (i.e. YOUR First Amendment Rights), hence your fierce defense of yourself and your Occupy friends, but you feel that {I should} "keep {my} pathetic comments to {my}self". Hypocrisy much Nora? Nowhere in either of your responses did you address one single iota of my assertions about the Occupy movement, simply choosing to attack me personally, something you will note is missing from my posts about you and your friends. In fact, I took Jason’s advice and spoke with several of the Emmaus Occupy people in October and he was correct in his assertion that at least several were fervently anti-Obama. But that is most assuredly not true on a national level. (continued)
Larry Delhagen February 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM
(continued) Also, and to address your comments in order: 1) I do not think you are a moron or a jackass, nor do I wish for your death; 2) after your posts, you should be the last person commenting about someone's maturity; 3) I do not determine who uses the Triangle, but I wonder what you and your friends would have done when the Main Street Partners, local merchants and the borough and its citizens had turned out for Snowblast if you were still there protesting; 4) I most certainly do not think that I am better than you…more experienced perhaps, but not better; 5) I have no idea to what you are referring to when you complain about the "old guys over by the post office” and lastly, 6) your youth is irrelevant to my critique of the Occupy movement. How about you give it another try? Would you please explain (without the profanity) what you, yourself personally, are looking to obtain from your involvement with this group. Contrary to Jason’s claim, I read extensively, and I have a very broad understanding of both the labor movement (I have a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell, have been a dues paying union member, have worked for the UAW, and spent 12 years as an HR manager in both union and union free shops) and economics (I also have an MBA and have spent 16 years in the financial industry where understanding of fiscal and monetary policy is critical). I’d like to hear what you have to say. Again, without the profanity.
Larry Delhagen February 13, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Caribbean Queen....it's interesting how you also jumped to attack me personally, and avoided addressing anything I asserted about the national "Occupy" movement. Please, for the love of Pete, explain how bringing Bush and Iraq into the subject of what's going on now, with the Occupy folks, their financial supporters, their union backers, and their liberal patrons and their plans for “Phase II” of their national tantrum has any bearing upon anything. Oh, and CQ, I put my name to everything I write. To do otherwise would be an act of cowardice, wouldn't you say?
Larry Delhagen February 14, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Jason, actually yes, I've read Christopher Hedges. When he's not off being a complete ideologue, he has some very good points to make. Have you read Ayn Rand? Or von Hayek? Or Friedman? Or Keynes? Or Marx and Engels? Jason, stick to making overpriced coffee and stay away from social engineering before you hurt yourself. "Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men."
Larry Delhagen February 14, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Gosh Jason, so thin skinned all of a sudden? You know, I could say exactly the same thing about your posts and your deluded personality. You haven't exactly been Mr. Congeniality either in your comments to me, or about me. After all, I am as entitled to my opinion as you are to yours. No Jason, I'm not telling you that you cannot question Capitalism...all critical thinking is a good idea. I would suggest however, you try to understand it a little better. And no, it wasn't a threat. Think "Timon" (Nathan Lane) from the Lion King. Let's leave it at this....if, after this year, I am correct (again) about what the cabal behind Occupy has in store for us, you apologize. And if I'm wrong, I'll do the same. Deal? Or do you want this post deleted too?
Larry Delhagen February 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Jason, here's some light reading, per your request. Let me know when you want more. This was very easy to find, just Google "occupy connections to white house"....something any intellectually curious, critical thinker should have had no problem with. http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/42119 http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/10/shocker-obamas-top-political-advisor-directly-linked-to-occupy-wall-street-protests/ http://biggovernment.com/driehl/2011/10/16/democrats-have-serious-connections-with-occupywallst/ http://www.wnd.com/2011/10/351121/ http://www.infowars.com/why-are-ows-protesters-repeating-white-house-talking-points/
Nora Markovitch February 14, 2012 at 09:53 PM
You know what, this isn't worth my time. I don't have to explain anything to you. I'm very aware of what's going on in the world with politics, and it's a VERY frustrating issue for me. I am completely appalled at the older generations simply because all they do is scrutinize and degrade our generation. They claim that we are incompetent and rude, when in fact that is not the case. I'm not saying everyone in my generation is as well educated as I am, and I'm also not saying everyone in the older generations degrade my generation. All I know is that there NEEDS to be a change. My generation is going to become the "lost ones" simply because the way that the economy is going. I do NOT find that fair in any way shape or form. I don't care if "life isn't fair" but one cannot tell me that if it was their future at stake, they wouldn't do everything in their personal power to try and fix it. Maybe the occupy movement isn't the most substantial way to fix things, but at least it is a start. Movements are happening all over the world right now, and it is only going to get larger with every day that passes. Maybe this doesn't particularly concern you since you are older and you won't live in the same years as I will be, but I'll be damned if some person tries to tell me that what I'm doing is wrong. We as Americans are being stripped of our rights. We are in a quick decline and soon enough something is going to give and shit will get real.
Nora Markovitch February 14, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Also if you have NO clue what is going on over by the Emmaus Post Office, maybe you should take a trip over there. There are a few older people there who are basically explaining and doing the EXACT same thing that the Occupy movement did. No one does or says anything nasty, crude, or horrible to them! It is simply because that is YOUR generation, therefore it's okay. The second someone of my age (23) tries to do or say anything, people like you are down our throats telling us to get a job! I don't understand why this is okay? Perhaps you should stop talking about something on a thread that has been dead since October. You were the one who brought this back in to play, which proves that your maturity and anger management isn't as well intact as you might think.

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