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Dec122011

'Occupy a Desk' Job Fair Comes to Zuccotti Park

Derek Tabacco (L) and John Tabacco (R) counter demonstrate against the "Occupy Wall Street" march near the New York Stock Exchange on Nov. 17, 2011. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- John Tabacco became so frustrated with disruption from the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protest near his office in Manhattan that he and his brother are hosting a job fair called "Occupy a Desk" in Zuccotti Park as a counter protest to the movement.

Tabacco, chief executive of Locatestock.com, first started a campaign called "Free Wall Street Now" to coincide with Occupy Wall Street's "Day of Disruption" on Nov. 17.  On that day, Occupy protesters planned to interrupt workers' commute to the New York Stock Exchange in response to being kicked out of New York's Zuccotti Park.

Tabacco, 43, his brother, Derek, 41, and about 20 supporters counter-protested during the "Day of Disruption," holding signs near the stock exchange, such as "Occupy a Desk."

Tabacco said he and his brother had heated exchanges with the Occupy protesters.

"Their main response was, 'I can't occupy a desk, because I can't get a job; where can I get a job?'  That's what everyone was saying in response to our signs," Tabacco said, which inspired him and his brother to organize a jobs fair.

The campaign received a "huge outpouring" of support from people across the country, Tabacco said.  The business owner said when he started to gauge interest in a jobs fair two weeks ago, he had a list of about 15 jobs.  As of the weekend, they had a list of about 400 job openings in the tri-state area.

While OWS protesters are welcome to come and bring a resume, admission is free and open to everyone, Tabacco said.

"We're hoping to end the occupation by left wing vagabonds with a fragmented message and bring professional people who are trying to engage in a positive endeavor," he said.

The jobs fair is scheduled to last from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday in Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street protest began on Sept. 17.  The New York Police Department said Tabacco does not need a permit to host the fair in the park if the organizational group is under 20 people and there is no amplified sound.

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