The first Occupy Hyannis took place last Friday afternoon on the Village Green. But the folks in Falmouth beat them to it, holding their first Occupy event Saturday, October 8. After that, Occupy Falmouth demonstrations in front of Bank of America on Main Street have been held each weekday and again this past Saturday.
In the video above, produced by Maxine Wolfset, demonstrators were given the opportunity to speak their minds, this past Wednesday, October 12. Although personal reasons ran the gamut, they were all brought together by the Occupy Together message. Among the many participants was Paul Rifkin, who said of himself, "I'm just an old hippie, trying to save the world."
The day coincided with a special occasion--the 94th birthday of Thelma Goldstein--a Falmouth resident and lifelong Democrat activist. Participants took a moment to serenade Mrs. Goldstein with Happy Birthday.
Future Occupy Falmouth demonstrations are planned. Occupytogether.org is an unofficial meeting "hub" for all the individual groups springing up across the country. The website lists five towns on the Cape (Falmouth, Harwich, Eastham, Proivncetown and Plymouth) with independent occupy organizations.