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'Occupy Raleigh' protesters plan to visit state Capitol

Posted October 9, 2011 9:49 p.m. EDT
Updated October 10, 2011 1:24 p.m. EDT

— About 200 people from across the state gathered at Moore Square in Raleigh Sunday to prepare for a planned protest at the state Capitol building next weekend.

Organizers, who are calling the demonstration "Occupy Raleigh" in solidarity with similar protests on Wall Street, say it's time for the American people to say "no more" to corporate greed and to put pressure on lawmakers to create policies that redistribute power from the wealthiest one percent of people to the 99 percent majority.

"The power needs to go back to the 99 percent of those who are actually working really hard and struggling," said Nicole Belmo, of Wake Forest.

Karen Holliman, of Durham, said policy makers are funneling money to the wrong places.

"They're giving the money to corporations to create jobs and I see corporations holding on to the money and not creating jobs," Holliman said.

Rep. Bill Faison, a Democrat who serves Orange County, said state leaders are getting the message.

"That the folks out here are talking about is, at its core, the problems in our economy," he said. 

Organizer Mike Gould said the protests will have to reach lawmakers like Faison if they are going to be successful.

"Politics got us into this mess," he said. "Good, servant-leader politicians need to get us out of this mess."

The Wall Street protests, which began Sept. 17, have led to the arrest of more than 700 people.