The Occupy Wall Street movement officially spread to Oklahoma City on Monday as more than 100 people gathered in a downtown park with plans to stay for at least three days.
“Occupy OKC stands in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the occupy groups in our country and around the world,” said Kaley Morelock, one of the organizers of the event in Kerr Park.
The Occupy Wall Street movement, a mass demonstration that has been under way for weeks in the heart of New York's financial district, has spawned similar efforts in at least 25 American cities.
Guthrie attorney Jay Trenary, who also helped organize the event, said Occupy OKC has no leaders but will be driven by the consensus of its participants.
“It's a true grassroots effort,” Trenary said.
“What we're trying to do is get everyone at the table regardless of their political affiliation, regardless of their background, regardless of their shape, size or color and just start the conversation with: ‘What's wrong? What is the common denominator that we all see?' Then we're going to try to tackle that common
Trenary obtained a three-day permit for the group to occupy Kerr Park, and said that permit may be extended on a day-by-day basis. Organizers brought in a portable toilet for participants, who may erect tents and use bullhorns during their stay, Trenary said. Some brought hammocks and sleeping bags to the park, which was ringed with signs featuring mottos of the movement.
About 300 people attended the group's organizational meeting last week in Kerr Park, said Trenary, who expects the crowd to grow in the coming days.