Protesters supporting Occupy Wall Street have begun to organize here in the Hamptons, with an invitation for a Saturday Occupy the Hamptons gathering at the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor drawing interest from locals looking to spread the movement that began in New York City and has turned lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park into a veritable protesters community.
“We’ll meet to support Occupy Wall Street. . . and see what develops,” James Monaco posted in the invite to the three-hour event. “Please help spread the word. As we used to say in the sixties, if you’re not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.”
More than 70 cities have seen Occupy Wall Street gatherings against corporate greed and corruption, economic inequality and the influence of the financial industry on the government, but this is the first iteration on the East End.
Celebrities have even gotten in on the act, such as actress Susan Sarandon, who brightened the spotlight on Occupy Wall Street when she visited the protest in NYC. “I came down here to educate myself,” Sarandon told CNBC.com. “There’s a huge void between the rich and the poor in this country.”
There is no word on whether the actress, who has long been known to put her support behind myriad causes, will make a surprise appearance at Occupy the Hamptons, although she will be out here for the Hamptons International Film Festival, where her new movie, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, will open the festivities on Thursday night.
What do you think about Occupy the Hamptons? Are you going to join?