500 Protestors ‘Occupy Dallas’ On Way To Federal Reserve

By Matt Goodman, CBSDFW.COM

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The estimated 500 protestors who crowded the block abutting the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Thursday chanted their talking points in unison, rallying against corporate greed and social inequality.

“Banks got bailed out, we got sold out,” the group shouted.

“Tell me what democracy looks like,” started a call, “This is what democracy looks like!” closed the response.

The 500 participants marched about a half-mile from Pike Park to the Federal Reserve Bank to show solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, the New York protest that began three weeks ago to stand up to inequality among the classes, in addition to a host of other economic ills.

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Occupy Dallas Protest Photos

Similar stagings are cropping up in cities across the nation. On Thursday, supporters in Texas got to show their stripes: Occupations were launched in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas.

“You are here, you are the 99 percent, and you will march!” shouted McKenzie Wainwright, 23, from a gazebo facing the crowd at Pike Park shortly before the march began. Her fellow protestors erupted into applause.

The 99 is meant to represent “the other 99,” or, the 99 percent of Americans who control less wealth than the remaining 1 percent, which is defined as “the banks, the mortgage industry, the insurance industry … the important ones,” on the group’s Tumblr.

“This isn’t a liberal movement,” said Cordell Cameron, a spokesman for the Dallas protest. “It’s something that’s affecting Republicans and Democrats … we have a goal that we can all agree on and we should concentrate on that.”

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Occupy Dallas participants march on the Dallas Federal Reserve building near downtown Dallas on October 6, 2011. Photo credit: J.Burkett, CBSDFW.com

The leaderless, populist movement sprouted its legs on social media.

In advance of Thursday’s march, Cameron and other organizers participated in meetings – 100 people attended one early in the week, Cameron said – that were organized and promoted using Twitter, Facebook and TinyChat, a public chat room website.

“Well it’s been paramount for sure,” Cameron said of the online resources. “Without it, we wouldn’t exist.”

Before the march, protestors were asked to use the hashtag #OccupyDallas on Twitter and photo-sharing site Flickr, so supporters in other cities and those who are curious about the movement can follow from home, or from their phones.

Volunteers coordinated a route with police, and urged smokers to pick up their cigarette butts and other participants not to leave trash behind. On the half-mile march, many participants thanked officers as the mass of protestors snaked forward.

“If we see anyone breaking the law, and it’s not an act of civil disobedience, we are going to report it to the police immediately,” Cameron said Wednesday. “We’re not going to let anyone come out and vandalize, pollute, break things … we’re not going to tolerate it.”

Cameron said the group’s goal was to rally the troops, if you will, in order to bring  the so-called other 99 together and wake up the rest of the country. As such, few solutions were offered for myriad ills the protestors were so lionized by.

But participants seemed OK with that: As one marcher’s sign put it, “Hello Goliath, Meet David.”

The voices of the Occupy Dallas protest

To illustrate that, businessmen in pressed suits walked alongside younger marchers in tattered jeans, chanting together. Labor unions were also present during the Dallas march, adding what some thought to be an additional air of legitimacy.

“The model for all this is the Arab Spring,” said Gene Lantz, press secretary for the Dallas AFL-CIO, which openly supports the Occupy movement. “They had very large demonstrations primarily led by students, just as this is, but you didn’t really see the change start until labor took a hand.”

But experts say the movement’s aimlessness could mean consequences later in its development. With a wide-span of social and economic frustrations, the group risks muddling its message and creating restlessness and frustration among its ranks, said Dr. Kimi King, an associate political science professor at the University of North Texas.

“It’s the age old problem of persons who want to bring about social change using freedom of assembly and speech as a mechanism,” she said. “You still need to have a structured approach to how you’re going to do your problem solving. You still need leaders if you’re going to build that social change.”

During Thursday’s march, the chants and homemade signs served as bullet-points, of sorts, for what participants hoped to express. Many marchers had different priorities and reasons for coming, often based on trudging through a difficult economic sector that’s more focused on profits, they say, than creating additional jobs.

“I’m unemployed, and I was buying a house when I got laid off, and I’m trying to support two children,” said John Evans, 24, clutching a sign that read, ‘We can’t eat money.’ “And the (Federal Reserve) is printing more and more of my money, it’s got to stop.”

Evans, an oil field worker before being laid off, traveled 120 miles from Graham to express himself. Like many others, he said he was willing to stay “as long as it takes.”

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Hundreds of protesters march on the Dallas Federal Reserve for the "Occupy Dallas" protest Thursday morning. Photo credit: J.Burkett for CBSDFW.com

That “it” varied for participants. For Evans, that meant “wrestling the monetary control from the Federal Reserve to Congress.”

Single mother Brenda Marrufo, 26, of Garland, also said she’d be staying “as long as it takes.” But her “it” was more footed in awareness.

“This is something that’s just the spark,” she said. “We want to open the eyes of our fellow Americans to this corruption. We’re just Americans who want a better world for our children.”

And early in the afternoon, those willing to “stay as long as it takes” took their first step in doing so: They agreed to amass at the JFK Memorial at 7 p.m. and hunker down there for the evening.

“As much as the Democrats say Republicans are responsible for this and Republicans say Democrats are responsible for that, the folks who are down on the street protesting just want accountability,” Dr. King said.


One Comment

  1. Bob Theduck says:

    Most of these morons do not seem to know that the banks paid back all the money they were loaned with interest. The FEDS made money off this. It did not cost taxpayers a dime. Compare that to Obama’s stimulus plan…..

    1. ray in dallas says:

      your comments sucks for putting down people who have a right to protest.

      1. Mr. Rude says:

        Ray the Ret@rd: He has just as much right to criticize them as they do to march, GENIUS.

  2. YRofTexas says:

    This is NOT the proper way to correctly vent your anger. In fact, this is very like anarchy.
    Fools in action. Sad.
    Obama’s mismanagement, inability to properly handle the economy, has been successful in making Americans hate Americans.
    Govt regulation is not needed.
    Industry needs to regulate industry.
    Poor leadership all around.
    Now these young kids, liberals, anarchists, anti-Americans, governmental-dependent waifs all are angry and want to destroy the very fiber of what gives them the high standard of living that they and their families have been experiencing for the past 200 years.
    They do not represent me.
    I’m among the working poor. I don’t believe the wealthy are the bad guys. I believe that those who are our leaders don’t know how to lead. Instead, they look for someone to blame.
    The blame-game now is the wealthy.
    The wealthy who built the infrastructure of our great cities.
    The wealthy who built the hospitals, bridges, charities, museums.

    Is this what we have come to in as little as 3 years?

    The real estate bubble burst (Community Reinvestment Act of 1977/Jimmy Carter), which was expected, unemployment followed, and everyone is confused as to how this all happened. Government stuck their nose in, told the banking industry how to do their job and 30 years later, the housing industry collapses.

    Everytime that government steps up and gets involved in business, involved in the home life, involved in the schools…the people suffer.

    Instead of having fits over wallstreet, how about marching on Washington, or better yet, vote in new people to run things November of 2012.

    1. lisa says:

      The CRA is not why this happened…greed and poor regulation is why they failed. If people want to protest taxes…bailouts…debit card fees and so forth..this is THEIR right. I did not say anything when the Tea Partiers took to the streets and protested…why are YOU? This has been a long time coming..not three years. And people can and will blame the wealthy and rightfully so. They were bailed out with the understanding that they would still give loans to small businesses and so forth and they took OUR money and gave their CEO’s their Million dollar bonuses..but no loans to the people who needed them.GREED is what caused this horrific recession…and im tired of the wealthy standing on MY back to DOUBLE their wealth.

      1. Atheist Lawyer says:

        Of course it’s their right to protest. Nobody’s arguing about that. We’re arguing about their views. You chose not to speak up about the Tea Party people, and that was your right. Discourse in this country is a right for EVERYONE. Capisce, genius? Nobody is saying they shouldn’t protest.

        By the way, how are wealthy people (defined now as a household earning $250,000 per annum) impeding you? How are they earning double off of your back? How do I hurt you when my firm exceeds goal and my bonus check for the year buys me a Ferrari 428 Italia? How does my success crush your chance for achievement? How does Mark Speese’s bonus at Rent-A-Center hurt YOU? What’s wrong with profit? Without profit, a business cannot grow and produce. Go ahead, explain your reasoning. We don’t want your opinion. We want ACTUAL EXAMPLES of how the two are connected logically. Go ahead.

    2. NiteNurse says:

      I just want you to know that my 401-K was in critical condition for the 6 months King George the second was in office. Do I need to blame that on Obama or maybe you just want me to blame him because he’s black. To me all the wealthy bank guys look very white and they seem to be f-ing up my 401-K.

      1. Just Sayin' says:

        Race has nothing to do with it. Let’s face it – both parties are filled with self-serving assclowns who care nothing for the common folk. Bush was a disaster, as were “our” representatives (and those representatives are still a disaster). When Obama was elected, he and his party had the power on their side for two years (until the 2010 elections) to turn things around, and things have actually gotten worse. NOBODY in D.C. has an effing clue!

  3. Atheist Lawyer says:

    Bunch of losers bitter that they’re… LOSERS.

    1. lisa says:


    2. lisa says:

      There is your example.

      1. Atheist Lawyer says:

        Great article, and nice charts and graphs, but it still doesn’t address what I asked for: the direct correlation between your oppression or lack of success and what “the rich” do during the course of their business to hinder your progress.


  4. Rick McDaniel says:

    There are no free rides. You have to earn your own way in the world. Don’t expect welfare unless you are disabled, and can prove it.

    If you are mad at the bailouts, etc., then blame the government, not the banks. They were the ones who gave your money to the banks. Now they want to squander another $500 billion dollars, creating jobs for illegal immigrants. Great.

    if you voted for Obama…….you voted for this mess. Now you are stuck with it, until election time.

    1. Blue Lou Boyle says:

      Rick, I agree – especially with your view on “Jobs Bill”. There was one trillion dollars to work with to get everything moving again, which begs the question, “What the hell happened with that?!” Why does anyone think another half trillion will do any good? Google Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity. This bill is insanity. This administration, and most of Congress, is the definition of insanity.

    2. ray in dallas says:

      i voted for obama …but obama didnt get us in this mess. it was the greed factor that got us where we are.

      1. robert mathies says:

        we need to get the greedy people out of office .

  5. Gregory A. Straight says:

    Once again, the ones who cannot seem to succeed are whining about those of us who do succeed…not because we are lucky, and certainly not because of any bailout or handout. No, it is because we have worked hard and never looked for what someone else had or ever thought we were entitled to anything we did not earn. I am not wealthy, but I am richly blessed. I also have no feelings of entitlement other than that I should be entitled to what I have worked for and understand that what I have is exactly what I deserve. No one deserves to have what someone else has earned.

    1. lisa says:

      And no one deserves to be sold out either. Im all for being rich but there comes a time where enough is enough.Making your money is great…but when you are making money because of a tax break or a failed regulation..that is different.

  6. jingxiao says:

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  7. Jeff Koppang says:

    We hold this Truth to be self-evident:
    A government which represents only the interests of banks, media conglomerates, corporations and the richest #1 is no longer democracy. It is oligarchy.

  8. Dooley says:

    It is unfortunate this being a news site that the first 5 commenters are so misinformed that they resort to ad hominem attacks. These people do not look like morons, fools, or losers. They look like fellow Americans exercising their rights to free speech and assembly.

    The fact is Bush ask congress for this bailout. “This is a big package because it was a big problem.” G.W. Bush So let me correct you, if you voted for Bush you voted for this mess.

    And Alan Greenspan, Fed chairman until January 2006, concedes “regulators should help rein in giant financial institutions” and now “is calling for a degree of greater banking regulation”. In 2008 he stated to congress “those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholders’ equity, myself included, are in a state of shocked disbelief.” At this point it should be obvious to anyone that we placed too much confidence in the ability of the private market participants to police themselves.

    No one can possible believe a community reinvestment act of 1977 caused a real estate bust in the 2000’s anymore that someone would believe Henry Ford cause me to crash my car today. I believe that act said make good loans in bad neighborhoods not knowingly make bad loans everywhere so we can market junk securitized loan packages to the unsuspecting as grade A investments.

    Don’t attack Americans for exercising their rights!

    1. Atheist Lawyer says:

      Hey Dopey, I mean, Dooley, we all have the right to debate or criticize. Nobody is saying they shouldn’t march. Debate flows both ways, Einstein.

      1. Christopher says:

        Atheist lawyer, calling people names and insulting their intelligence really just makes you look like an idiot.

      2. Atheist Lawyer says:

        As my grandfather still says, “I calls them like I sees them.” I make no apology.

      3. Atheist Lawyer says:

        Actually, he says, “I calls ’em like I sees ’em.” It’s hard to type in improper English, God love him. Yes, I realize the irony of the last half of that sentence. Man, this Macallan 25 is smooth!

      4. ray in dallas says:

        i agree you are an idiot atheistlawyer. you self-righteous punk.

      5. Atheist Lawyer says:

        I’ll remember that as I take the elevator down from my office today and have a nice lunch at my usual place (Dakota’s). LOL. Have a nice life, you broke jealous loser.

      6. Dooley says:

        LOL You respond to my comment that ad hominem arguments are weak by calling me dopey Einstein. Pure comedy genius.

        You claim to be a successful lawyer?!?

        Prosecutor – We found the murder weapon at you clients home with DNA of the murder victim and your clients finger prints on the weapon.

        Atheist Lawyer – LOSER

        Atheist Lawyer (Pointing at client and then to self) – WINNING!

      7. Mr. Rude says:

        … and the award for the most asinine and infantile comment, even more so than anything stated by Atheist Lawyer, GOES TO…


        Dude, he obviously got under your skin, and won. You just sank below his level by merely replying. You need to read The Art of War. He got the reaction he wanted from you, didn’t he? He’s probably just as adept at doing that in the courtroom.

      8. Atheist Lawyer says:

        I don’t practice trial law, Dooley the Dunce.

  9. Christopher says:

    Wow…how sad it is that so many are actually against the people finally raising their voice. NO ONE is asking for a handout. Truth is many people are sick of the direction our country is headed. Maybe some of the protesters are misinformed, that does not mean they are wrong for demanding change from a governmnet that clearly could care less about what The People want. As is to be expected most of the folks with money think this movement is about hippies looking for a handout. The only reason they feel this way is because they have a nice life with their money and could care less what happens in this country so long as it doesn’t interfere with their little lives. Pathetic really. So sad to live in a country where the very people who are fighting for a better tomorrow are mocked and ridiculed. Be happy that you have people who do care about the future of this once great country…

    1. Atheist Lawyer says:

      Wrong, Christopher. I came from a broken home with ZERO money, and I pushed myself to get out of the situation I was in. I was not going to repeat a destructive life cycle, generational curse, or whatever else people call it. I studied my ass off for the LSAT, got a 178, earned scholarships, and worked all the way through law school, graduating with honors. I know what it’s like to struggle. My life until my late 20’s was not easy, nor enjoyable. I chose my path. I chose to break out of a mindset and a comfort zone. I never blamed anyone for my station in life, past or present. It’s what YOU do with it. Other people are a non-factor.

      1. Christopher says:

        I don’t believe I am wrong. You may be an exception but that does not change the fact that many well off citizens will turn their back on this movement simply because they only want to focus on their own lives. Good for you for what you have accomplished. I mean that. You have lived the American Dream, but don’t you realize that that very dream is now almost dead? Isn’t obvious to you that our governmnet has sold out the very people who it is supposed to represent. I agree that more focus should be put onto the governmnet in this protest. I see a bigger picture. This is an awakening of The People. For too long we have suffered in silence. I see this as a beginning. It is time for us, you included, to do our part to get this country back on the right track.

      2. Atheist Lawyer says:

        That dream is not almost dead, sir. Ask any immigrant who is wanting to come to this country. Ask any U.S.-born citizen who works hard and believes in the power of self reliance if that dream is almost dead. Sure, the system isn’t perfect, and parts of it are really jacked up, but the dream isn’t dead – people’s spirits are. Why? Let’s face it. Instant gratification. We live in a society where we yell at our microwaves because it takes too long (2.5 minutes) to pop the popcorn. People in our society want wealth because they think they’re entitled to it, not because they want to suffer and work their fingers to the bone for it like I did, or like my disabled friend did, or like Gene Simmons did, or any number of other self-made multimillionaires. Success does not come easy. Hard work does not come easy. When life kicks you in the nuts, you have to keep going. Some people don’t do that anymore.

      3. Atheist Lawyer says:

        By the way, I agree with you that more focus in that movement needs to be placed on the government. Banks are not the problem. Some get in trouble because of mismanagement, and those should be left to die, without any help at all from Joe Taxpayer. However, some banks are being strangled by regulation after regulation coming down the pike. Regulations aren’t free. Regulations cost money, lots of money, much of it in legal interpretation, money spent on business practice adjustments, money spent on new data systems, etc. Other segments of the economy, oil and gas exploration for one, are also having the life choked out of them through government regulations. Blaming big greedy corporations is the wrong focus. The government, yes, like you said, has sold us out, us as a people, INCLUDING those (yes, the “rich”, too) who wouldn’t mind making a profit from their hard-earned business and innovation.

      4. Kris789123 says:

        I understand what you’re saying, and completely agree with the idea that people need to work to receive the good things in life. I am definitely not an advocate of our current, seriously flawed welfare system. It is true that there are a percentage of people who are simply lazy. They should not be rewarded with a monthly rent check while they pop out babies they don’t want, in order to continue receiving welfare (true story).

        I would much more prefer my money to go toward education on all levels. I think we can agree that children should not receive any less of an education just because they were born into poverty, and should therefore receive EVERYONE’S tax dollars. Children of poverty should be given the tools that they need to get themselves out of the socioeconomic class they are born into.

        Higher education should be more affordable and attainable, especially when there is little guarantee for a solid job after graduation (also a true story). Even an undergraduate degree encourages critical thinking, development of ideas, and ingenuity, which in turn, helps to create jobs.

        Anyway, I think that’s the great thing about this movement. It’s fueled by neither political party, it’s by the people, and it’s generating a lot of talk about different ideas and strategies for dealing with some pretty serious issues. Let’s face it, our elected officials aren’t doing their job and our economy has gone to pot. There’s no rule that the United States can’t fall, we’re a young country, and it wouldn’t be the first time it’s happened. Then, all of our hard work won’t matter.

  10. Luvly Leo says:

    It boils down to this. These issues did not pop up when Obama came to office, it was already going down when Bush left office. We are a people who expect to keep living off credit that we do not have. We are paying sports players outrageous money and letting our teachers suffer. It’s time for everyone to accept responsibility for what’s going on with America. We have to quit trying to take care of everyone else and take care of ourselves.

    1. Atheist Lawyer says:

      Luvly Leo: I’ve got news for you. It started WAAAAY before Bush, and way before some of us were even born.

  11. clint says:

    Of the people. For the people.
    Stand up and demand better.
    Separation and Money and state.

    You are being played people.
    corp America gives to both side equally. No matter who wins, Corps are on the inside. Because they are the MONEY PARTY.

    Turn off the TV, get off up the couch, and think.
    It does not matter what a person says, it is only what they do.
    Wake up

  12. Mr. Rude says:

    I think if we just offered them all a job and a bar of soap, they’d disperse and run like roaches when the light comes on. Or, we could mark several personnel transport vehicles with the following signage, “FREE SOCIAL PROGRAM MONEY INSIDE” and ship them all to Mexico when they all get in the vehicles.

  13. Dr. No says:

    I see one person with a sign complaining about the Fed printing more and more money, yet another is holding a sign wanting money to go to healthcare. Does this group have a common FOCUS?! Seriously.

    1. Kris789123 says:

      I think the argument they are trying to make is that they would prefer their taxes to go to health care as opposed to a bail out. I don’t think anyone who has taken an economics course would agree that the printing of more money by the Fed is beneficial to our country. Think critically??

  14. Kris789123 says:

    I am a young, single mother and full-time student. I work full time, I do not rely on welfare, I pay my taxes, and I am not a “hippie loser.” I work extremely hard for the small amount of money that I make. As a student, I can actually say that in the last three years I have had a wonderful reminder of the history of our country, and the way our government and economy were meant to work. When I am marching against CORRUPTION and GREED in America, I am exercising my right as a citizen in a country that was founded on DEMOCRACY. I would go as far as saying that this is our duty! If we don’t regulate the actions of our government, then who will? This movement should be no surprise. It’s simply people, from all walks of life, that demand better living conditions for ALL. I don’t need a fancy sports car or a three story house, I just want to know that when I graduate college I’ll be able to provide my daughter with the basic necessities of life that she deserves. There’s a reason why we are not the only country that is experiencing this movement; this is a global awakening, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

    1. lisa says:

      You go girl.

  15. robert mathies says:

    remember the movie called network about a tv reporter gone mad. He urged the people to go to their window and yell out ” I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore ” We the people of america need to do this . go to your window and open it and yell it out . if thousands of americans nationwide voiced their feelings it may create a serious movement in america.

    1. Kinofreak says:

      Network. F–king great film. One of the best scenes ever in cinema. That was Peter Finch as reporter Howard Beale in that scene. Everyone needs to see that film. It’s a masterpiece.

  16. for humanity says:

    all of you really need to learn the REAL worlds history………when ya do you will reqalize why all of those awakened people are demanding our rights back.

    1. Kim Hunter says:

      Yay for awareness, for humanity. We are the change.

  17. Fam says:

    It’s really easy to turn this into class warfare, so let’s not. I think what is wrong is a lack of healthy economic competition. We have a handful of companies that have stakes in a majority of ventures. When it comes to things like monopolies, yea, government should man up and do it’s job. Obama left Geitner in office after royally messing up, yea. He didn’t nor does he have any actual power to fix or change anything, he is just the president. The house and congress have the power to do that and that’s where these protesters should be.

    There is nothing wrong with being rich, there is a problem with criminals taking advantage of a weak economy to make money by inventing things that don’t exist and speculating on them. It makes me angry that white collar criminals get off easy.

    The government has no drive to fix what’s going on. This is a global problem, not a local one. There are protests across the world. What we need is to stop sending trillions out of the country and bring jobs home. We don’t produce anything anymore we import everything, of coarse we’re broke!

    What I think should be done:

    Let the banks fail already. If the far right wants the government to stop interfering, then stop the bailouts. The economy will re-set itself.

    If you have been on welfare or government assistance for longer than 12 months, you have to go back to college and re-train in a field that is hiring.

    Tax American companies producing a majority of their products overseas.

    How about arguing about left vs right why don’t you think of some good ideas on how to fix things and write your representatives. Get involved in local elections and actually pay attention to their history of how they actually vote, not just some spewing propaganda.

    1. lisa says:

      I have to agree with this.

  18. DfwDude says:

    I see a bigger picture. This is an awakening of The People. For too long we have suffered in silence. I see this as a beginning. It is time for us,
    I agree with you.the only way changes will come about in this country is if The People come together and work together . We,The People, must become ‘the mouse that roared’ to be heard!

    Atheist Lawyer
    People in our society want wealth because they think they’re entitled to it,
    Your opinion is that every one but you are losers and think that the wealthy (meaning you) owe them a part of your wealth.
    You are wrong,I am not wealthy,at least by your terms,and there is nothing you have that I want or need. You should be proud at of yourself for climbing out of a pit and making something of yourself. But we do not have to be reminded of your ‘climb to success’ every time you post.
    The People that you consider ‘hippies’ and red neck losers are (for the most part) tired and angry at being used by what seems like people like You,and I would agree with them.
    They just need to organize and develop a plan to make these protest rallies to continue to be heard.

    Fam thank you,well said

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