WXXI Local Stories
Tue October 11, 2011
Local Protests Inspired by Occupy Wall Street
By Carlet Cleare
Rochester, NY – Ending corporate rule, closing tax loopholes and restoring the American Dream are a few of the things a group of Rochester protesters are demanding of the government.
The Band of Rebels - a group of seniors and grandparents who want to restore the American promise for future generations - rallied outside the Bank of America in downtown Rochester.
The group is standing in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street Protest in New York City to end government corruption and corporate greed.
Activists held picket signs and chanted "we represent the 99-percent" of Americans who are not rich.
Longtime Band of Rebel activist Patricia Mannix says they have one message to send: and it's to the government to do the job they were elected to do by the citizens.
She says the decision by the Supreme Court that corporations are now people and money is free speech is "ridiculous."
The Band of Rebels plans to stand in opposition of corruption and greed every Monday around lunch time -- indefinitely.
Mannix say the group has been meeting for the past two months discussing where the nation is heading and its economy.
Occupy Rochester, union members and families joined the Band Rebels of at the Bank of America.
During Monday's demonstration, the property managers of Bank of America contacted Rochester Police to tell protesters to move from off their property, onto the city sidewalk.