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Occupy Wall Street movement now in Columbus and Auburn

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Occupy Wall Street movement is in thousands of cities across the United States, including Columbus and Auburn. 

Katie Bowen just came back to Columbus after a weekend in the Big Apple at the Occupy New York protest.

She explained that parents are small business owners and they have been feeling the crunch of the bad economy. "Even though we are hard working people and trying to do the right thing, you save, you own a business. You think you are doing the right thing and all of this happens and you are left out on the street, basically."

Before getting involved in the Occupy movement, she thought the best way to find out exactly what it is all about was to see it in person. So, she drove to New York and spent a day at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan.  Hundreds of people have been living there for almost a month protesting Wall Street and big corporations.

"We as individual people have so little say in how our democracy is run," said Bowen. "One percent of the population owns so much more of a large percentage of the income and the wealth of this country that the 99% own in this time."

She decided to join the movement and came back to the Fountain City to begin talking with people about it. She is also asking them to join her on Saturday afternoon on Broadway in Columbus to participate in the National Day of Solidarity. She said they will try to spread the 99% vision of the Occupy movement peacefully.  They will stand outside of Fountain City coffee ready to explain the movement.

Occupy Auburn will also join in the protest at Ross Square on Saturday at 3 PM CST.

[Read also: Thousands of students prepare to 'Occupy' colleges]

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