Protesters Occupy Columbia in Early Morning Hours
COLUMBIA - Protestors in favor of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement taking hold in a number of cities in the United States are now in Columbia, Mo.
Organizers of "Occupy COMO" say they will be out front of the Columbia City Hall day and night until the protests nationwide finish.
Between 20 - 30 demonstrators began camping out in Columbia nearly two weeks ago. Ariel Ceara, one of the first organizers of the movement, said that while each member of Occupy COMO has his or her own personal agenda, there is a larger goal in mind.
"People are here for a lot of different reasons, but essentially they stay for the community," Ceara said. "They stay because they are heard, they stay because there is a sense of something bigger and being a part of some thing bigger."
Organizers said their goals include a single-payer healthcare system and free college tuitions.
Columbia protesters will create make-shift homes when local weather turns colder.
The Occupy Wall Street protests began nearly two weeks ago in New York City as a few dozen youths angered by what they say is too much corporate interference in the governmental process.
Since then, thousands from labor unions and other left-leaning groups have joined in and tribute protests have sparked across the United States.