Participants want more economic equality.
Protesters gathered under a shady tree at Baker Park in Frederick on Friday afternoon to show their opposition to the G-8 Summit taking place in Camp David. They were concerned about economic inequality and the concentration of too much power in the hands of a few people.
"Lot of you are probably college students. Look at your bills that you have. Look what they're charging you to go to college now," said postal activist Tom Dodge, who addressed the audience of mostly young people. "College should be a right. Everybody should have a right to an education. That's our right, and they're taking that away from us now."
Expressing the same position was Annette Breiling. "Everyone should have the right to health care. Everyone should have the right to housing."
One member of the audience who identified himself as "Steve" said too much of the world's wealth is in the hands of a few people. "People's autonomy is not respected by organization like the G-8 and the NATO. It's like a bunch of rich people making decisions for poor people," he said. He described that situation as "messed up."
Also attending was "Nancy," who is part of the Anarchist Alliance of DC. "We cannot allow anybody, any representative to speak to other individuals. That is a system that has been imposed on us must change."
Earlier in the day, Occupy Frederick held a "People's Forum" at the C. Burr Artz Library, addressing many of these issues. Rob Kall, a radio talk show host, inventor and small business owner, called for more interdependence and sharing, and power coming from the bottom up, not the top down. "We need to make it illegal for people to be billionaire. We need to get rid of that idea," he said. "The whole planet should have no people who have that much money. As soon as you put that much money together, there's too much power, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
And Kevin Zeese, a lawyer and activist, called for a "Robin Hood Tax." The levy would be imposed on transactions involving stocks, bonds and derivatives. "The global derivative market is 70-times larger than the global economy," Zeese said, to an audience which was blown away with that idea. "What's till that crashes! It's gigantic."
He says his tax on stock and bond transactions would be .1% and on derivatives it would be .01%.
A statement issued by the Frederick County G-8 Summit Information Center says, as of 5:00 PM Friday, the situation was calm, and there were no significant incidents. Corporal Jason West with the Frederick County Bureau of Investigation, reminds demonstrators they can exercise their 1st Amendment rights, but anyone who gets out of hand will be dealt with. "If somebody violates the law, they're going to arrested and prosecuted. If we have large crowds, we have contingency plans for that too."
The G-8 Talks are scheduled to resume on Saturday. After that, the world leaders will head to Chicago for the NATO Conference.