Occupy Wall Street Makes Its Way to Laredo
It's a movement quickly spreading all over the nation. 'Occupy Wall Street' took to the streets of Manhattan and has now made its way to the Gateway City. Our Lauren Kendrick has that story.
"We are not anti-capitalists, but we are against the corporations. The banks and the rich that have taken control of the government."
Occupy Wall Street began in Manhattan's financial district in September and has spread to over 1,500 cities in the United States, including Laredo.
"We are 99% of the population. That 1% seems to control every aspect of our lives and it's time to stop." Vietnam Veteran Luis Decker was out protesting for what he believes in as part of Occupy Laredo. Although this was his first time protesting, he's been glued to the movement created in New York. "I've been on the internet protesting every day since the Occupy Wall Street movement started."
Although the Occupy Laredo movement has only been going on for a week, people are starting to take notice. Colorful signs with meaningful messages lined Jarvis Plaza as they discuss their future plans and how they feel they can get back what they deserve. "If you are not rich, you should be here. If you are a working class person, be here. Get back your rights; get back your government."
TAMIU political science and history major Cesar Vanoye feels that in promoting awareness across town the protesters of Occupy Laredo can reach out to those who share the same frustration with the way things are going. "Our goal is to inform the community about contemporary, political, economic and social issues." Vanoye shares why he's so passionate about Occupy Laredo. "My house was almost lost at foreclosure a couple of weeks ago." He feels like no one will listen to him and this is a way to be heard. "I feel like there's people like me everywhere that can take part and can agree with some things we're trying to change."