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Democrats to rally downtown
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Forsyth County News


Forsyth County’s Democrats plan to hit the streets Thursday afternoon as a rallying cry that the nation is sinking in “underwater” mortgages.

“The bankers were bailed out and they were given stimulus money to help refinance those mortgages,” said Sharon Gunter, chairwoman of the Forsyth County Democratic Party. “In this economy, people need to be able to stay in their homes.”

The event is set for 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Cumming Fairgrounds’ parking lot No. 1, on the corner of Castleberry Road and West Maple Street.

The local protest is part of a national event organized by On its Web site, the organization is encouraging citizens to “head to Obama for America offices to tell the president: We’re sinking in underwater mortgages — throw the 99 percent a lifeline to keep us in our homes.”

The site goes on to note that “in communities without an OFA office, we’ll rally in front of Wall Street banks, at the homes facing foreclosure, and in city squares to let the public and media know that the 99 percent is standing up to save our homes.”

Gunter said she’s had a few people sign up to participate in the event. Many of those registered are homeless.

“It will be a peaceful demonstration,” she said. “We’re not going to be living in tents or anything. We need to make a statement … that we’re not going to let business as usual go on.”

Gunter said she’s made a few signs, but encouraged participants to make their own to help send a message.