'Occupy' Movement Comes to Dallas
About 200 demonstrators surround Dallas Federal Reserve Bank
A protest that began with a few dozen demonstrators in New York City has now grown to thousands in other cities, including Dallas.as the group flooded New York City
As the group flooded Wall Street in New York for the 19th-straight day, about 200 people rallied at Occupy Dallas on Thursday.
The demonstrators marched from Pike Park near the American Airlines Center to the Federal Reserve Bank on Pearl Street in downtown Dallas.
"And I know that we're with our brothers and sisters on Wall Street right now, showing that there's not just a small group but an entire nation behind them," one man said to the crowd to cheers.
Occupy Wall Street is described on OccupyWallSt.org as a "leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that we are the 99 percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent."
"Everybody's voices need to be heard, not just the 1 percent," Jackie Griffith said. "I mean, look at the diverse age group here -- so many people, so many people in the middle of the week. People want to be heard."
The protesters were fired up about many national issues, but they engaged in a peaceful demonstration.
Leaders briefed the rest of the group before getting started and first gathered in the park to establish its main message -- that it represents 99 percent of the population, and the wealthy are the 1 percent who have too much power.
Protesters also aired complaints about various issues from the health care system to government bailouts for corporations to unemployment.
"Having these men and women come home who have been overseas, to come home and be unemployed and face homelessness is beyond irresponsible of our government," Tristan Tucker said.Continued...