Occupy protesters take message to Oklahoma Capitol

About 200 people gathered Saturday afternoon on the steps of the Oklahoma Capitol to protest a variety of topics.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: October 30, 2011
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Scripsick spoke to the crowd about the Iraq War, which he believes was spawned by greed for oil.

The war also came with an immense personal cost in the loss of his son, Bryan, who was killed in Iraq in 2007.

“He gave his life, so the least I can do is come up here and say something,” Scripsick said.

Grant Swofford, 27, drove to the Capitol from Shawnee along with his friend Melissa Hibben, 29.

Swofford is a cook at Chili's. Like most of the protesters, he is motivated by what he views as a transfer of wealth away from the poor and middle class.

“The richest one percent controls 45 to 50 percent of this country's wealth,” he said. “We're not asking for other people's money. What we want is fairness.”

Hibben said she has followed the Occupy Wall Street movement rise to the national level. She believes it's here to stay.

“People are struggling,” she said. “They want answers. This movement will continue for a lot of reasons, including the Internet, which has been a big tool. There are a lot of people out there who are willing to listen.”

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