Kristina Hernandez, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/17/2011 05:03:29 PM PST

REDLANDS – The Occupy Movement made its way to Congressman Jerry Lewis’s office on Saturday to express its concerns over the lack of communication the politician has had with people.

More than 50 people marched from Stell’s Coffee on Barton Road and Alabama Street to Lewis’ office on Tennessee Street and Brookside Avenue, many wielding signs that pegged the longtime congressman in a negative light.

The chant, “Jerry Lewis got a bailout. We got sold out,” could be heard as protestors made their way down Brookside to the busy shopping plaza where Lewis’ offices are located. The office was closed.

It was the fourth time Occupy Redlands has tried to reach out to the congressman to discuss the current economic and social conditions of the Inland Empire, said coordinators.

Members of Occupy Redlands also were joined by participants from four other area movements including Ontario, Riverside, Colton and San Bernardino Valley.

“There’s certainly a lot of passion in the 41st District. You can hear it from all the different voices (expressing concerns) about the hardships people in the district are facing, and the frustrations that their congressman is not legislating in a way that’s of our benefit,” said Keith Jackson, a co-organizer with Occupy Redlands.

Jackson said he was pleased with Saturday’s turnout, especially with the holidays right around the corner.

He was, however, displeased with Lewis’s office not having one representative show up.

“But we do love the support that we’re getting from other occupiers through the Inland Empire,” he said.

Before the rally, many members of the area movements took time to write Rep. Lewis a letter expressing their concerns about the economy, the lack of jobs, healthcare for the sick and the “fat cats” reaping the benefits of tax dollars.

“Will my granddaughter have a future,” one protestor wrote.

Another wrote the congressman a “thank you” letter.

“Thank you for being you, and therefore doing more to inspire the global Occupy movement more than any of us could have dreamed of doing on our own,” wrote Zoe Lane of Redlands.

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