About 40 people gathered in Marine Park at 11 a.m. EDT. Attendees included a few members from Occupy Central Jersey. Teams updated the group on progress, including news that a venue had been found for the music/art event. Occupiers planned to find artists, musicians and speakers for the event. Date of the event to be announced.
Other ideas included a victory garden, local business directory and local needs survey.
Individual Occupiers also reported on recent meetings with like-minded community group members.
The walking tour began at about noon fromMarinePark. Occupiers brought signs and flyers (which included information on local banks/credit unions, as well as critical info on big banks). Occupiers left the park and proceeded upBroad Street, stopping at Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, Tiffany’s and Bank of America. A few empty store fronts and local businesses were pointed out.
The group then turned ontoMonmouth Street, stopping by the former location of a now-defunct locally owned business. Testimony was given as to how this business was forced out of town by corporate competition.
Occupiers then headed towards the Red Bank Municipal building on the corner ofMaple Avenue (Rte. 35). The group cheered for the local Two Rivers community bank, and took notice of Hovnanian building site, which does not employ union workers. Occupiers proceeded east onWest Front St., and cheered for the Red Bank Public Library.
After the walking tour, some Occupiers reconvened in Marine Park to discuss future plans.