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April 23, 2012 at 8:02 AM

99% Spring signals rebirth of Occupy in Bremerton

Ray Garrido has lived in Kitsap County for 35 years. He attended The 99 Spring training to bring attention to foreclosure and deportation issues in his hometown. (Photo by Alex Stonehill/UW Election Eye)

Ray Garrido has lived in Kitsap County for 35 years. He attended The 99 Spring training to bring attention to foreclosure and deportation issues in his hometown. (Photo by Alex Stonehill/UW Election Eye)

As the summer months approach, Occupy Wall Street is reemerging from its winter hibernation. But we shouldn’t expect the same beast. Tired of chaos, activists in Bremerton are re-organizing the movement to appear as tamer, wiser and more localized.

BREMERTON, Wash. — “We’re going to figure out what to do instead of sit here with our feelings,” Jo Walter announced to the 20 or so people gathered inside Kitsap Unitarian Church on April 14. The group had sacrificed a sunny Saturday morning in favor of attending “The 99% Spring” non-violent action training and Walter, an Occupy Bremerton member, was facilitating the assembly.

As I gazed around the room, the stereotypical Occupiers — “grungy unemployed hippies” and young anarchists, as Fox News dubbed them — were nowhere to be seen. 

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