Occupy Wall Street spin-offs come to Texas, including Houston


Hundreds of people were expected to begin a protest in downtown Austin called Occupy Austin. A group of homeless activists were also expected to set up a campsite in a nearby city park. Organizers were using social media sites to coordinate activities.

There also were plans for protests in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and McAllen. Hundreds of people using Facebook said they would attend those protests.

The demonstrators are building on the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, where thousands of people have protested corporate greed. Organizers say they are demanding that politicians pay more attention to average citizens.

Similar protests have started across the country. Each is organized by a local general assembly, and there are no official leaders.

Protesters have asked students at the University of Texas at Austin to leave their classrooms and march to City Hall. In Dallas, demonstrators planned to march on the Federal Reserve building and in Houston, they will protest in front of the J.P Morgan Chase building.

"Occupy Houston is a local expression of the global movement to end the corporate corruption of our democracy," organizers said in a press statement. "It is a volunteer-organized effort providing infrastructure and support for Houstonians to exercise their First Amendment rights."

If you want to join the Houston demonstration, they are meeting at Market Square Park at 8:30am and plan to march to J.P. Morgan Chase Tower at 9am. Then they will make their way to Hermann Square at 10am.

On Wednesday, union members joined the Occupy Wall Street protesters, adding thousands to people to the demonstrations that began Sept. 17.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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