DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The anti-Wall Street protests happening across the country are about to spread to North Texas.
A group is planning a huge march and demonstration in downtown Dallas Thursday and they’re willing to go to jail to get their point across.
The group called Occupy Dallas is an offshoot of a group staging a protest in New York City called Occupy Wall Street.
Groups are demonstrating and protesting government bailouts of big Wall Street institutions, joblessness, global warming and the influence of corporate money in politics among a host of other issues.
Cordel Cameron said their reasons for marching are clear. “We’re doing this for the 99-percent of the lower wage earners, who are carrying the burden of this economic crisis that we’re in. The sacrifice is not being shared.”
Cameron said once the march is over many participants plan on staying.
“In the end they are gonna ask us to leave and we’re not going to. So, that’s that,” Cameron said. “Hundreds of people specifically e-mail me saying they are not going to leave when the police ask them to vacate the area. They’re gonna sit down. We’re going to occupy that space indefinitely.”
The march will weave along a route that ends at the Federal Reserve. Between 200 and 1,000 people are expected to participate.
Officials with the Dallas Police Department said they would monitor the activities, but have no special plans to increase police presence.
The Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City began on September 17, since then demonstrations have spread across the nation.