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Occupy OKC demands change for the greater good.

Clifton Adcock October 19th, 2011

The 21-year Army veteran at first was unsure whether he wanted his name included in this story.

Spending years in a hole of debt and uncertainty while participating in a movement aimed at taking power from the wealthy, elite minority in America has a tendency to make one nervous about putting their name out there, he said.

Finally, after talking with Oklahoma Gazette about the issues he faced, Mike Galletly decided to allow his name to be published.

“I love my country with all my heart,” said Galletly, who had three deployments into combat as an infantryman, his eyes filling with tears. “I just wish our country loved us back.”

Galletly was on hand for the Occupy OKC event that began in downtown’s Kerr Park on Oct. 10. The movement sprang from the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations that have seen thousands gather to protest what they see as greed and corruption of the political and social system in favor of the moneyed few.

“I think we gave billions of dollars to my bank in the (Troubled Asset Relief Program) bailouts, but the motherf---ers won’t adjust my mortgage unless I intentionally start skipping payments,” said Galletly, who claimed he was recently discharged from the armed services. “And when you hear stories about people who do that because the bank told them to do that, and the bank forecloses on them anyway — after three years of doing things like Mom and Dad not eating on Mondays and Wednesdays to save money. I’m not going to do something that risks my house after all that.”

Between 120 and 150 people gathered for the early hours on Oct. 10, and although many of those did not camp in the park, some did choose to stay overnight, and as of press time, Kerr Park remained occupied.

Signs at the protest included “Stop outsourcing,” “The governed no longer consent,” “Get $ out of politics” and “Privatized gain = socialized loss.”

Despite a wide array of opinions on individual issues, it’s not difficult to discern what the protest movement is about: fighting back against what is perceived to be a system that has seemingly been turned into one by the rich and powerful, for the rich and powerful.

Tom Lucas of Yukon listened to the speakers at the assembly, holding a sign reading “Pissed off worker bee.”

“I would like to be able to call my representative for the state or federal (government), and talk to them as the (multibillionaire) Koch brothers do,” Lucas said. “I’m concerned for my grandchildren, and all grandchildren. I would like to see them have a better future, but what we’re seeing looks grim to me.”

Lucas said he became part of the Occupy movement after seeing the protests in New York City.

“I think Wall Street has done a lot of damage,” Lucas said. “There may be some good folks that work in those buildings up there, but I think our representatives should be listening to us. Power corrupts, and those guys on Wall Street have too much of it.”

right, Attorney Jay Trenary of Guthrie speaks to those participating Oct. 10 at the Occupy OKC gathering in Kerr Park.

Galletly said he feels something has gone fundamentally wrong with the country, in that it is harder to rise into or stay in the middle class, and many people feel the same.

“I don’t think the world is sup posed to be the way it is,” Galletly said. “I think we as Americans can do better. It’s got to be more about doing the right thing for the largest number of people. I think regardless of your political persuasion, most people know something has gone horribly off the tracks. We can do better.”

Photos and video by Matt Carney

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10.19.2011 at 10:08 Reply

Jay Trenary, a fine attorney facing domestic abuse & obstructing an officer charges in Logan County. Keep it up Occupy Okc!


10.19.2011 at 10:08 Reply

Jay Trenary, a fine attorney facing domestic abuse & obstructing an officer charges in Logan County. Keep it up Occupy Okc!


10.19.2011 at 10:09 Reply

Jay Trenary, a fine attorney facing domestic abuse & obstructing an officer charges in Logan County. Keep it up Occupy Okc!


10.19.2011 at 10:10 Reply

Sorry for the duplicate posts, I blame noscript


10.26.2011 at 07:36 Reply

Well a charge is just a charge. If we believe all charges everywhere, we've got problems. I think the man deserves his day in court like anyone else to let them try to prove his guilt of something, not have to prove his innocence here. That said, there does seem to be documented disputes within the community itself over some pretty substantial issues (if correct - again, they probably need to meet and do what the petition that's up for OKC says, and address the grievances and apologize). You can see what I'm talking about here: and