Occupy Wall Street Spin-offs In Houston And Other Texas Cities
by: Pat Hernandez, October 6, 2011 4:10:36 am
Members of the Occupy Houston movement gathered at Market Square Park, and before long, the crowd grew to about 200 as it marched to the JP Morgan Chase building.
By the time it arrived at Hermann Square outside Houston City Hall, it ballooned to an estimated 500.
It was showing solidarity for the Occupy movements in New York and other cities. This protester, Darren Williams says it's for the 99% of the population, versus what he calls the 1% corruption in politics and business on Wall Street.
"So everybody that's up there represents the rich. They represent the 1%, because they are the 1%. That's how come it's so messed up and all we get is excuses on way they can't fix things. We can send people to the moon. We can move our army over from here to another continent. Why can't we house people and feed people, and make sure that they're educated? They have a live, because we all have a right to a decent life."
Patti Cruz, a mother of two college students, held a placard that read: "Corporate greed has got to go."
"Whether the stock market does well or bad, they still make a killing. I've actually pulled all my money out and no longer have it in the stock market because of such things. The brokers that I had were still making money, while my money was plummeting. So having to put up with all the injustices across the board, it's just people being fed up with everything that's occurring in society right now."
As the crowd gathered at city hall, it got louder, but police officers were on hand to keep the peace. Protester John Powers says participants were still allowed to speak their mind.
"This is really kind of like how democracy works, is by people having a voice. And I think this is really great for there to be a forum where people can really come in and get their three minutes of fame, and tell everybody what they think about, and people can respond to it, and you can quickly come to a decision. It's a very incredibly efficient process that they've got to work through things. So, it's just interesting to hear everybody's voice, because you get a much better idea about really what's happening here."
Other protesters say they want to see an end to the inequality of the distribution of wealth in this country. Organizers said some of the demonstrators plan to stay at Hermann Square indefinitely.
But city leaders say they will not interfere with the Bayou City Art Festival this weekend.