Updated 10/10/2011 06:53 AM
Occupy Raleigh plans demonstration at State Capitol
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RALEIGH -- Hundreds met in Moore Square Sunday as the Occupy Wall Street movement came to the City of Oaks. The activists are planning a large Occupy Raleigh demonstration. The so-called occupation will take place on the Capital grounds Oct. 15.
"The more people that participate, maybe it will wake up the legislators that they really do need to listen to the people that they're supposedly representing," Bruce Surface said.
The group calls its participants the 99 percent.
"The corrupt top 1 percent are those making those record profits, those CEOs taking in endless amounts of money it seems and we're everyone else," said Ryan Thomson, one of the Occupy Raleigh organizers.
They are concerned about issues from corporate influence on politics and elections, to the economy, to the bank bailouts.
"We poured hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars into those banks in order to get them to invest in the economy. They did not. They invested in bonuses. They are making record profits,” said Tom Morman.
For others, it's about getting involved in the political process. Protesters want a louder voice in Washington and on Jones Street and like those on Wall Street, they plan to make sure that happens as their protest begins next weekend.
The group plans to meet regularly throughout the week to plan the demonstration.