400 people came out tonight to support Occupy Utica. People of all ages gathered with signs, tents, friends, and family to protest what they call injustice. And everyone there was very passionate about the fight.
When asked why he was there, Jason Vick said, "Wall Street has stolen 99% of everything in this country. And it's about time we stand up as people and say it's not fair."
Paul Whitney of Frankfort said "We're seeing more and more people losing their jobs, we're seeing more and more places where money isn't going where it should...We give them our money, and it doesn't trickle down to us.
Julia Lebron of Utica said the protest really hit home for her. "I'm tired of being in poverty even though I work a full time job, I'm taking care of my family," and she adds, "Copays are too high, I have to decide, am I that sick to go to the doctor? Or can i get through it for the next week or two?"
People came and went throughout the evening, but there were those who say they are prepared to camp out for an indefinite amount of time. And Eva Sarsfield says the city and police department have been extremely cooperative with the protests, allowing them to continue.
And the occupy-ers have no plans to leave anytime soon. Vick says, "I'm going to stand here with these people. I don't really know any of them, but I'm glad to be here, it's a great experience and I wish more people would show up."