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MO Occupy Movement Moves Into Second Month


October 28, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ever since the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations moved to Main Street in late September, organizers across Missouri have been planning for a long stay, putting together a strategy to deal with cold temperatures and snow.

Melissa Stiehler, an organizer with Occupy Kansas City, says she's not surprised that the demonstrations have lasted so long, because the message of corporate greed on Wall Street and government inaction has frustrated so many people. As the movement enters its second month, she says, there are no plans to stop any time soon.

"Until corporate personhood is repealed and we can have a real voice in our democracy instead of lobbyists and special-interest groups, really reining in the power with that, I imagine that we're going to be out there for quite some time."

A rally is planned in Kansas City on Sunday to mark one month since the Occupy movement began there. A Halloween-themed march is planned for St. Louis tonight.

Stiehler says organizers across Missouri and the nation are also looking ahead to Nov. 5.

"We are having a credit union appreciation day. We are not attempting to influence folks to close their bank accounts. But we trying to influence folks to join a credit union."

Occupy organizers in other cities have dubbed Nov. 5 as "Bank Transfer Day."

Heather Claybrook, Public News Service - MO