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Occupy Indiana Rallies In Indianapolis

The "Occupy" movement is holding a rally in Indianapolis on Saturday.

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Photo: Claudia Lozano/WFIU News

The "Occupy" movement first started as a protest in New York and has spread throughout the nation. Many cities in Indiana including Bloomington, Columbus and Indianapolis are organizing protests.

The “Occupy” movement that began on Wall Street and has spread across the country has arrived in Indiana.

Though there are Occupy groups forming around the state, the first formal event will be in Indianapolis this weekend. Saturday, Occupy Indianapolis members will march downtown, and ralliers are all invited to speak to the crowd.

Kai Bennett is a student at Ball State University in Muncie. He got involved with Occupy Indiana after seeing a similar movement in Chicago, and he says, despite what some people have heard, the goal of the march is not to disrupt people’s lives.

“We don’t want to cause any trouble for the people of Indianapolis or make their lives any harder than what they already are due to the economic and social circumstances that they face,” Bennett says.

Bennett says because Occupy Indiana involves so many different activist communities and backgrounds, the movement does not have a unified message yet. He says the purpose of this weekend’s events is to get public awareness growing and try to develop future plans.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GNTD2BOC4OGMCRFB43SN55R6XA Adele

    oh the movement is clear: 

    We do not consider government or any political party to be the enemy or the solution. The enemy is the group of people who think that just because they have money, they have the right to control how this country is run.  

    For example: This country is not only going broke, but being ripped apart at the seams. Our Constitution is being taken away bit-by-bit and abused by financial persuasion in politics. In the same way, our rights are being taken away bit-by-bit, and we are being abused by those who think that wealth = entitlement. This is a direct assault on the American public, and this movement is the sign that it will no longer be tolerated. Money does not increase the validity of ideas. Here are some ways to take the power out of the hands of the wealthy (the 1%): promoting small business, endorsing local establishments, using credit unions, buying organic food (because the purchase of genetically-modified food harms local agricultural industries all over the U.S.), and establishing a way to educate people about political candidates through facts, not sway.

  • http://indianapublicmedia.org Indiana Public Media

    Do you think the Occupy movement accurately represents your views? Does it do enough to incorporate a diverse group of individuals beyond younger students?

  • M Theory

    It doesn’t represent my views, nor does it represent the views of 99%

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