Occupy Movement Spreads To Smaller Cities

MARYSVILLE (CBS13) – Most of the Occupy protests have been in large cities, but now part-time protestors are showing up in smaller cities. Are they conveying the same message as their larger city counterparts?

The writing is on the wall. The occupy movement has arrived in Marysville and Yuba City, though you might not be able to find it.

“I think a lot of people think if you’re part of the Occupy movement, you’re literally occupying or camping out and all that. I’m not,” said Marysville resident Elizabeth Adams.

It’s far from a spectacle in Marysville. You won’t find a tent city here like in downtown Sacramento. And besides this graffiti, there’s very little commotion and certainly no arrests. About 75 people from the area protested here for the first time this past Sunday and will do the same thing once a week.

“We’ve had everybody from high school students to seniors who are retired to everyone in between,” said Yuba City resident Eric Straatsma.

With a full time job as a nurse practitioner, Adams says she doesn’t have enough time to set up camp.

“I’m not there but as far as completely supports the movement, part of the 99%, yes,” said Adams.

Much like their bigger and more vocal neighbor Occupy Sacramento, you can’t pin down one unified message in Yuba. That’s because the group openly admits they’re still working on one.

“What we have in common is an unhappiness with the system,” said Adams. “The system is broken.”

Though it might seem toned down, these protesters say they’re angry and are on board with Occupy Sacramento, Occupy Wall Street, and the entire movement.

“The greed is unbelievable and it’s worldwide,” said a protester.


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