Occupy Baton Rouge demonstrators teamed up with MoveOn.org members Sunday to protest “corporate greed” at the downtown branch of Chase Bank on Fourth and Laurel Streets.
The group of about 30 people gathered at the plaza next to the bank, speaking out against what they said was wealth inequality in the United States.
Occupy Baton Rouge and MoveOn.org are two distinct groups but have similar messages, said Ed Behan, a member of the MoveOn Capital City Council, Baton Rouge’s chapter of the national organization.
MoveOn is a national movement that is “a way for busy but concerned citizens to find their political voice in a system dominated by big money and big media,” according to its website.
The protestors at Chase Bank held signs with messages such as “Save the American Dream” and “Tax Wall Street.”
Group members took turns speaking in front of the crowd about their disdain for Wall Street.
Japheth Dupuis, 25, of Baton Rouge, said to the rally crowd that “politicians serve corporate interest, and not the interest of the people.”
Dupuis said after his speech that he can no longer work because of a medical problem and has had to file for disability protection.
After the rally at Chase Bank, the protestors made their way to the State Capitol grounds for what they called a “general assembly” meeting to map out their future plans.
Those plans may include setting up a tent encampment somewhere downtown, possibly on the State Capitol grounds, said Occupy Baton Rouge member Chris Chemel.
Occupy Baton Rouge is still working out the logistics of a possible tent city, such as security measures, Chemel said.
Occupy Baton Rouge plans to hold another assembly next Saturday, Nov. 12, at noon on the State Capitol grounds, Chemel said.
The group also organizes itself via Facebook at Facebook.com/OccupyBR.