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Occupy Rockland To Confront Pfizer

Occupy Rockland is planning to gather for an assembly at Pfzier's Pearl River campus 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Over 70 groups will answer a call put out by "Shut Down The Corporations" for a national day of "non-violent direct action" meant target corporations involved in the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Organizers accuse the large corporations of controlling lawmakers on the local and national level through ALEC, getting laws passed that benefit corporations rather than people.

"They are stealing democracy away from the people," said Steve White of Occupy Rockland. "They think their laws are being written in Washington or Albano, but they are being written in these back rooms."

Occupy Rockland will be part of that effort with a protest at the entrance to Pfizer's Pearl River Campus on Middletown Road, though it is not the only Pfizer location expecting an Occupy protest Wednesday.

Pfizer released the following statement regarding its membership in ALEC:

"On a bipartisan basis, Pfizer participates in a wide array of legislative organizations which seek to provide a positive forum for the exchange of ideas and public policy that advance the health of all Americans."

Occupy Rockland plans the following for Wednesday at Pfizer in Pearl River:

  • 4 p.m. - March to the Pfizer visitor center to deliver their grievances
  • 4:30 p.m. - Set up "Occupy Pfizer" at the main entrance
  • 5 p.m. - Start Occupy Rockland general assembly
  • 5:30 p.m. - Recite grievances and discuss the impact of ALEC and Pfizer. 
  • 6 p.m. - People's soapbox

White said he is concerned about the weather for Wednesday, which calls for temperatures in the 30s and a mix of snow and rain. He was hopeful that Pfizer would not try to disrupt the protest.

"If they want to get technical on us, they could say it's their property and kick us across the street to the sidewalk, which is not the end of the world," White said. "But they probably don't want to make it bigger than it is, so it is probably not very smart on their part to harass us.

"We're a very mellow group. Not anything wild."

White said that in addition to raising concerns about ALEC, Occupy Rockland also has issues with what Pfizer has done since the merger with Wyeth.

"(Wyeth) was a good employer," White said. "People could get jobs there making a living wage. Pfizer essentially cannibalized it. They are closing operations down. They have laid off a thousand people right now. 

"They have basically been a very bad neighbor in Rockland County."

Pfizer released a statement on that matter as well:

"For more than 150 years, Pfizer has been committed to being a good corporate citizen and our track record proves it." 

franko spagetteo February 27, 2012 at 09:59 PM
These dummies, pfizer will close up shop in a couple of years anyway in Pearl River. No more tax dollars for the locals, go away Occupy Pfizer.
Mike February 27, 2012 at 10:18 PM
lol- we have the mildest of winters, but its suposed to snow on Wednesday- lets see if they get about a dozen people to show up. BTW, they sure as heck picked a bad time to protest Pfizer- they are basically shutting down the ops at PR so all those workers can now join what is truly getting very close to the 99%- the unemployed under the Obama Administartion.
I SENT THE FOLLOWING TO OUR SENATOR CARLUCCI 2 WEEKS AGO AND TO GILIBRAND A FEW MONTHS AGO.HOW ABOUT EVERYONE GET TOGETHER AND HELP.. More important the pfizer property in Pearl River..or who ever now has control of it would make for a incredible lower NY state college..it has scientific buildings..large acrerage...and on initial viewing ..the train tracks from hoboken run behind it between Pearl River and Nanuet making for a possibile new station..Education is a engine for the future for jobs..having a 4 year college bordering on both states would be incredible. the structures are built..perhaps add housing...and people could attend it without needing a car.. A point of interest.I have been in commercial real estate for close to 8 years my thoughts on this are Not related to personal gain...I have had transactions totalling close to 80 Million.this is purely to perhaps give a view to help lower NY be jump started ..perhaps a joint college? regards
the pfizer property can be redeveloped so the buildings that are there can be re-used.as the 4 year state colleges are seeing incredible appltications perhpas the first year of college could be attended downstate..each student then after the first year decide which state college fits their education outlook...start a new vision...multistate campus!!!!
George C February 27, 2012 at 11:10 PM
So go after the companies not the politicians that go along with these deals? How many of these protesters voted for the same incumbents that have driven this town, county and state into the ground? Companies will try and do what they need to to make a profit, if they can get favorable legislation, tax breaks etc, then who is to blame, the companies for trying or the corrupt politicians that go along with it. For example, please explain how a small town supervisor like Alex Gromack can have close to 1 Million dollars in his campaign account? Especially when he has run un opposed up until last year? Go after the REAL culprits, the corrupt politicians.
Mike S February 28, 2012 at 06:41 AM
Blame the big bad companies!!!!!! Why not blame the companies? After all, they only provide jobs and benefits for people. Why are people so unwilling to blame the politicians? Why not camp out in front of all the corrupt politicians offices? Or how about the unions? They are just as corrupt. It is the politicians who make the laws and take the deals. Please put the blame where it belongs!!!!!!
mcccmar February 28, 2012 at 10:31 AM
what would happen if pfizer wasnt around and all those people were out of jobs- i believe that there w as a nucleus of truth to these owps in the beginning but they have been co opted by special interest groups who can get physically and verbally violent - people need to think twice this
Scott Walters February 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM
More evidence that the occupy movement is not based on reality.
frank February 28, 2012 at 09:19 PM
It does not matter what anybody does. I initially worked for Lederle in Pearl River, then moved to PA after AHP (Wyeth) purchased Cyanamid. I lasted 2 years after Pfizer purchased Wyeth. Now I am unemployed and have been struggling to find a new job. Pfizer has no concept on how to run a company. They just outsource everything. Unfortunately Pearl River will eventually be closed by Pfizer. Not much will happen with the site because there is a lot of hazardous materials buried on the site. It's a shame that Pfizer had to ruin such a wonderful companies like Wyeth, Pharmacia, Warner-Lambert, and others.
Gus Wynn February 29, 2012 at 04:23 AM
There are good companies and bad companies - no one is protesting "companies", just bad companies. For example, if you were CEO of Pfizer and got paid huge bonuses, would you pump up short-term profits by laying off 1,500 workers in Rockland to offshore jobs? These vultures don't even care that outsourcing American jobs has a huge backlash when we go into recession. A CEO will manipulate the whole company, screw the loyal employees, their families, and screw over a whole county just to pad his bonus for that year. And if you think the politicians control the corporations and not the other way around, you aren't following the money.
Gus Wynn February 29, 2012 at 04:24 AM
There are good companies and bad companies - no one is protesting "companies", just bad companies. For example, if you were CEO of Pfizer and got paid huge bonuses, would you pump up short-term profits by laying off 1,500 workers in Rockland to offshore jobs? These vultures don't even care that outsourcing American jobs has a huge backlash when we go into recession. A CEO will manipulate the whole company, screw the loyal employees, their families, and screw over a whole county just to pad his bonus for that year. And if you think the politicians control the corporations and not the other way around, you aren't following the money.
Scott Walters February 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Occupy protests all corporations...good bad and ulgy.....Heck, I haven't bought a Cnetrum in years....and ask my DR is a particular Rx is made by Pfizer....amd ask for a different company when possible.
David Hodson March 01, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Yes, it is the WORST corporate citizens that can LOOK good to wall street. Leverage huge amounts of $'s to buy smaller company (all to look good on paper). Then trash everyone. Support a tax on corporate size. Let these "PEOPLE" pay 60% taxes once they get 'rich'.
Linda Sabaj March 07, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Pfizer occupied my body for 14 years. After multiple injuries due to this drug, I filed a lawsuit. They anticipated that. Try and get to the courtroom for justice these days and you'll be unpleasantly surprised. They are referred to as 'The Dragon'. They employ over 350 attorneys full time. And if you do get justice, the bought and paid for 'Supreme Court' will reverse the juries decision as excessive. Time For Change Sign Me, Fighting The Dragon
Linda Sabaj March 07, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Someone mentioned using the facilities as a learning institution. First, it should be cleared as a toxic waste site. And they should make the CEO"S live there till it's cleaned up.
Linda Sabaj March 08, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Before Pfizer slithers away, and the entire property reused for anything, it should be tested for toxic waste, that is unless you want to pay for it with your tax dollars.
Linda Sabaj March 08, 2012 at 02:49 AM
AMEN
Linda Sabaj March 08, 2012 at 02:51 AM
TRASH IS TRASH, thus the phrase CLEAN SWEEP!
Linda Sabaj March 08, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Gee, let's see. Perhaps there would be in it's place an employee owned business that had a vested interest in the community and didn't have to pay billions in fraud violations every year. Who knows they might even pay their share in taxes w/a : )
Linda Sabaj March 08, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Are you sure you spelled your last name right? Scott? I seem to 'recall' a Scott something or other that is getting his 'reality' mic checked. Perhaps you should give your's another visit.
Linda Sabaj March 08, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I'm sorry. I have to disagree with you. It does matter what everybody does. Evil thrives when good people do nothing, AND Democracy dies when what is done does not matter to anyone.
Lady AntiCorruption May 19, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Which Pfizer drug caused your injuries, Linda? If it was a drug illegally promoted by a Pfizer rep and outside indications, you do have a good case. The person to write to at Pfizer is a Sally Sussman, she is head of the Political Action Committee. Google her name and you will find some interesting things.

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