According to the group’s Facebook page, more than 290 people “like” the Occupy Augusta movement. Only a fraction of those have turned out for the protests each evening for the past week on Augusta Common.
According to Lindsey Morris, a member of the Occupy Augusta movement, there have been an average of 12 to 15 people each night for a week at the downtown park. The protesters hold signs saying things such as “In Socialist America the banks rob you” and “Will trade Masters badges for the American Dream.”
Morris said the goal is mainly to raise awareness and create a strong local voice against corporate greed and government corruption.
Occupy Augusta marched from Augusta Common to the Judicial Center on Saturday afternoon, and Morris said about 40 people carried signs and walked as a group. They have permits to be on the Augusta Common every evening through Nov. 4, and Morris said she expects the turnout to get larger.
“We’re still trying to get organized and get the word out,” she said. “We’re really trying to figure out what it is that our goals are, here locally.”
Charlie Baker was at the first Occupy Augusta general assembly last Wednesday and has come again several times. He said what motivates him is a devotion to the ideals on which the United States was founded. There’s too much money in politics, he said, and he hopes the group can make a statement that reaches politicians’ ears.
“I believe in the United States Constitution, and that the common man can make a difference,” he said. “That’s what our country is all about.”