Occupy Naperville

Around fifty people assembled this afternoon to bring the Occupy Together movement to Naperville. It’s a continuation of the protests on Wall Street that have spread across the nation.

“Wall Street is a target, but it’s not just Wall Street,” said Steve Alesch, Lead Organizer. “It’s the corporate dominance of our government. And that’s why we’re here.”

The group met at the corner of Ogden and Washington where they held their signs and gained supporters driving by. People of all ages and backgrounds came out to voice their opinions. They believe that the government listens to 1% of the people, the ones who run giant corporations.

“We said enough is enough, and instead of sitting around waiting, we said ‘let’s do it,’” said Zackery Fall, a Naperville resident. “Eight people in a room has turned into 30 or so people here, hopefully it turns into 300, and then that 300 into 3,000 and then hopefully we fill the streets.”

The group walked down both sides of Washington to downtown Naperville, chanting their beliefs along the way. Everyone paused when they reached Jefferson and Main. Several of the protesters gave short speeches to spread their message.

“It’s not about Republican or Democrat, or black or white, it’s about standing up to the people that are putting us down,” said Fall.

The group occupied Naperville for about 2 hours this afternoon, and say they’ll be out every Saturday until their message is heard.


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