A group of anti-war military Veterans joined the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City this morning after one of their colleagues was injured at a protest. Here in Gainesville, Occupy UF has joined forces with the Occupy Gainesville movement. The group of abot a hundred marched from Campus to downtown chanting about their feelings about economic inequality and corporate greed. UF Professor Gwendolyn Zohara Simmons was a key speaker says the group’s goal today was to promote democracy.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Simmons1.mp3]
She says the movement is not just about protesting corporate greed, but encouraging Americans to vote.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Simmons3.mp3]
Coral MacDonald was homeless at one point in his life calls himself a traveler, says he is happy to see the community showing passion for this cause.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/MacDonald1.mp3]
For weeks now, movements have popped up around the country. Protesters are asking for a decrease in the income inequality gap, corporate environmental protection, and what they say is a community movement to create awareness about these supposed unjustices.
WUFT-FM could not find anyone at the protest who opposed it, however people have said in the past it seems protesters are calling for a more socialistic system and though they agree that there is a growing gap in income inequality, education and getting to work are key concrete concepts in changing the way things are.