Occupy Wall Street has spread to hundreds of cities across the country and today the protest movement brought its message of protesting corporate greed to downtown Akron.
Jeffrey Hamilton was one of about two dozen protesters who showed up at Cascade Plaza today. Hamilton tells AkronNewsNow the group has a clear message. " To spread awareness that the 99% needs to have more power. One percent of our population controls 40% of our wealth. We are here to protest corporate greed, as well as the corporations buying of elections. We feel like the lobbyists and corporations have stolen our democracy from us and we're here to get it back."
University of Akron student Jennifer Calhoun says activism is the key to sending a strong message that Wall Street's greed has to change. " I think that the most important thing is just spreading the word, getting as many people to realize that we can affect a change. People are so complacent to accept what they have but you can't change the world by clicking Like on Facebook. You need to come down and show your support i a physical way.
Calhoun says more than 70 people signed up on the group's web site to be part of the downtown demonstrations.
She admits that Occupy Akron and Occupy Wall Street don't have a solution yet to the problem of corporate greed but she says "We're never going to come to those answers if we don't work together, and work together as an entire society to fix our system. The system is broken."
The Occupy Akron group, which was formed mainly on Facebook and Twitter, plans to be downtown all day today and again on Saturday.