CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- At most there were only about a dozen students taking part, but Occupy UNCC held its first demonstration Wednesday as the “Occupy" movement continued to grow in the Charlotte area.
"I do think the people are interested in Charlotte," said UNCC student Shayna Gordon, who was one of those who took part. "Basically, we want to see our people not suffer anymore."
The Occupy UNCC group is an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, the demonstration in New York City that started it all.
The groups have a number of issues they are concerned about, but at the center they said is corporate greed that they blame for bringing down the country's economy.
So this Saturday the local umbrella group, Occupy Charlotte, will meet for what it calls a general assembly at 3 p.m. at the old City Hall.
From there, the group plans to march through uptown where the heart of the city's banking industry is located.
"I've heard that Bank of America is one that is going to be the main focus," said another Occupy UNCC member, Ryan Erwin.
While the protest on the campus was small by any standard, a number of students not only stopped to pick up fliers but also wanted to learn more about what the group stood for.
"I think they have a really good point," said student Elizabeth Morris as she considered the group's claim that one percent of the people in this country control all of the power.
"There is the 99 percent of us who don't have a say in this and maybe we should get out there and let people know what we think," Morris said.