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‘The 99%’ to occupy Keene Valley

Event to be held on Rte. 73

Keene Valley will host a "We Are the 99%" event. Other local events have taken place in places like Plattsburgh, pictured here, and Saranac Lake.

Keene Valley will host a "We Are the 99%" event. Other local events have taken place in places like Plattsburgh, pictured here, and Saranac Lake. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— “Honk If You Love Democracy!”

That’s the sign that Bob Andrews will be holding up at the roadside in Keene Valley this Sunday, Nov. 20.

He is one of a group of local activists holding a gathering in Keene Valley as part of a national day of action called, “We Are the 99 percent.” The intent is to call upon politicians in Washington to invest in job creation and make the millionaires on Wall Street pay their fair share.

People are invited to gather from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Route 73, an important corridor for travelers heading south after their weekend in the mountains.

“We can share the message with lots of people, and we hope they take some inspiration as they pass by,” Andrews said.

This is one of hundreds of events that are happening across the country, which are being held just days before the Congressional “super-committee” will submit a debt reduction proposal to the rest of Congress.

Organizers hope to call people together to show support for the shared goals of the “99 percent.” There will be signs and banners at the roadside, along with some time for speakers, songs and chants. Organizers also plan for lots of conversation, sharing, and networking.

Organizers hope that the conversation around these national issues will help promote local actions that build sustainable job creation here in the North Country.

For instance, activist Christal Boutte will be promoting locally based sustainable agriculture as part of a sustainable growing economy. She will be sharing food, products and buying options from North Country farms, including Keene Valley’s own Rivermede Farm, which suffered significant damage in recent flooding.

“I want people to know that we have alternatives to the mass-marketed agribusiness model that is unhealthy, environmentally damaging, and just not sustainable,” Boutte said.

For more information on Sunday’s event or future organizing activities, please contact Bob Andrews at 576-9011 or 524-2621.

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