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article imageOccupy Claremont is small but effective

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Nov 27, 2011 in Politics
Claremont - In what is possibly the smallest occupy movement to have formed so far, members of Occupy Claremont set up camp outside City Hall last Sunday. It has been reported that there are only 3 participants in the group.
The city of Claremont, which is located about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, has a long history of activism and peaceful demonstrations. Some describe it as the "Berkeley of Southern California".
It was first reported that three tents were set up in front of City Hall when Occupy Claremont formed, but that number has since been reduced to only one tent.
Even with the modest number of participants, the group is still trying to echo the messages of the larger "Occupy" movements taking place in other cities. They hope to bring attention to the growing problems of corporate greed and plutocracy happening in this country and around the world. Charlotte Colton stated:
"It starts small, but hopefully we can build it. Claremont is not a large space and I don't expect a ton of people, but hopefully more."
They also emphasize that this particular movement plans to remain peaceful and nonviolent during their stay.
The encampment is made up of students from Pitzer College. The participants plan to go back to school when classes resume next week and then return to the camp site.
Officials are so far content with how the group has conducted themselves. City Council member Joseph Lyons told ABC7:
"They've been very cooperative, they've moved when asked to move. I think that we will survive without incident."
Claremont police Capt. Jon Traber said:
"At this point, we plan on taking no enforcement action unless they commit some kind of crime or block access to and from City Hall."
The mayor of the city has even expressed support and handed out his business card to the group.
Occupy Claremont plans on holding a meeting open to the public this Sunday, with subsequent meetings every Tuesday and Thursday.
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