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Published October 31, 2011, 05:25 PM

GF 'Occupy' Offshoot Growing, Plans Wednesday Protest at Busy Intersection

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The local offshoot of the now-global Occupy Wall Street protest will hold a demonstration this week and supporters say their goal is to put an end to corporate greed.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The local offshoot of the now-global Occupy Wall Street protest will hold a demonstration this week and supporters say their goal is to put an end to corporate greed.

They see the demonstration as just one way to get the word out.

Organizers of the local movement say there are many different reasons people are involved, many wanting to see change not only in America, but at a local level.

"I guess I just agree with the general idea of the movement and that a lot of people are being left behind," UND student Nicholas Gowan said.

"The middle class just seems to be shrinking and shrinking and really that's all I've ever wanted and it feels like an impossible dream and it doesn't seem like it should because this is America," co-organizer Nancy Hennen said.

The Occupy Grand Forks general assemblies are held every Saturday.

The number of people getting involved has grown over the past month.

"I want to see like an ongoing effort to raise awareness about the problems and to keep putting pressure on our elected officials until or unless they start representing us better," co-organizer Meg Brown said.

Now supporters will take to the streets in a peaceful demonstration to raise awareness of their concerns over the way things are going in the country.

"They speak for themselves and everybody's really there for different reasons, but in solidarity. We're fed up and pretty much sick of the status quo and what's been happening to date," Hennen said.

"We just have a lot of smart, caring people that really care about their community and really care about this country. A bunch of different age groups really concerned about what's going on and we want to be a part of raising awareness and putting pressure on officials on representing us and not the one percent," Brown said.

If you would like to attend a meeting they are held every Saturday at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Christ in Grand Forks.

The demonstration will be held on South Washington and Demers on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

The group has had four meetings and they are continuing to grow with nearly 40 people attending each of the meetings, which are open to anyone who wants to join. The group is non-partisan.

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