Occupy Maine has started off its occupation of Monument Square in Portland in a different spirit than Occupy Wall Street. It is organized around the idea of an internally democratic process, but it also has promptly issued a set of demands:
! We demand an end to corporate personhood.
! We demand the removal of private interests from public policy and the instatement of publicly funded elections.
! We demand a progressive tax on the wealthy and the elimination of tax loopholes.
! We demand re-regulation of financial institutions and the prosecution of financial criminals.
! We demand the return of Bank and investment firm bailout money to the People
! We demand an end to capital punishment.
! We demand the restoration of “sound” money and competition in currency.
! We demand affordable heating oil for Mainers.
! We demand bringing the men and women of the Maine National Guard home.
! We demand amending corporate personhood.
! We demand viable public transportation infrastructure.
This branch of the movement is clearly focused on economic concerns.
Occupy Maine will have to change its name soon. It will be joined in about a week by Occupy Augusta — demonstrating at the State House.