Occupy Jacksonville is planing its first protest and march at Hemming Plaza on Saturday in response to the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City.
As a leaderless organization, Occupy Jacksonville says it seeks to establish a permanent presence in the First Coast area and work conjugation with Occupy Wall Street.
Protests against Wall Street are entering their 19th day as demonstrators across the country show their anger over the wobbly economy and what they see as corporate greed.
In lower Manhattan where it all began, the ranks of the protesters swelled Wednesday as union members widened the scope of the ongoing demonstrations.
Among those joining the demonstrations Wednesday were the liberal group MoveOn.org and various community organizations. Camille Rivera, the executive director of United NY, says the protesters are "capturing a feel of disempowerment, feeling like nobody is listening to them."
A spokesperson for Occupy Jacksonville said the first Jacksonville General Assembly is going to function as a town hall forum for debate, dialogue and dissent among Floridians who identify the modern economic climate as a key component to national and global unrest.
Demonstrators are planing to meet at noon to discuss issues by hearing from "all perspectives indiscriminately and forming a united response agreed upon by the entire collective" and a peacefully protest march scheduled for 2 p.m.
Organizers want to stress that "nonviolence is paramount" to the protest's success.