What began as the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City on September 17th has spread to many other communities in different countries and states--and Tucson is no exception.
Locally, a variety of activists from different backgrounds continue to participate in the Occupy Tucson protests that began earlier this month.
Tucson resident Craig Barber says he feels the frustration of many of the residents in Southern Arizona and other locations who say they are upset about the heavy influence of lobbyists and rich corporations on political leaders.
"The fact that I feel like I don't have a voice in government because I can't compete with the millions of dollars that are being spent in political campaigns," Barber says. "And also on a personal level I related because of the fact that I'm one of the millions of Americans unemployed and struggling to make ends meet."
Kacee Dwyer works as a salesperson for solar panels and she says she felt drawn to the events because of her desire to raise awareness and provide information about important topics in our society.
However, even though the movement first began as a rally against corporate greed and corruption, the activists now say their efforts are taking on new meanings. Many of them are upset about city ordinance issues which have led to police citations for those who are gathering and protesting at Armory Park in downtown Tucson.
"TPD has come out on a nightly basis and cited us, which they've done it very cordially with a lot of respect, which we are very grateful for because in other counties they're not being so respectful but...our city ordinances have no clause that pertain to peacefully assemble and so with that we are, we want to give the proof that our federal constitution is giving us the permission for this and our state constitution and then our council members take an oath to uphold those constitutions for the rights of the people," Dwyer says.
Activists are taking their concerns about occupying the park to the Tucson City Council’s regular scheduled meeting on Tuesday October 25th.