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Small Oregon Towns Join Occupy Movement

AP | Oct. 27, 2011 6:28 a.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:03 a.m. | Ashland, OR

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While thousands join the Occupy Wall Street movement in big cities, much smaller numbers of people have been organizing in small towns around Oregon.

In Ashland, internet marketer Robbie Lindauer has been asking people to take their money out of the local branch of Chase bank to show their opposition to the role of big banks in the economic crisis. One local credit union attributes a spike in new members to the campaign.

While only about 40 people show up for meetings, Lindauer says many more support them who have to work or stay home with their kids.

Recent college graduate Emery Way says the challenge will be to keep people motivated as they slog through the mundane work of defining issues and following through with action.

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