Occupiers Consider Local Movement "Peaceful"

More locals are joining The "Reno Occupy Movement," and say the movement is different from others in the country.

The "Occupy Wall Street Movement" has received some negative publicity lately, after some violent protests in Oakland.

Tuesday, a New York judge told occupiers they could not have tents and overnight camping at the occupation sight.

This didn't stop Jorge Ramos from joining the local movement.

"I've personally been apart of what's going on in America, and we need change," says Ramos.

Ramos has been laid off by HP and Oracle, two very large corporations in California.

"I lost my house three years ago because my mortgage almost doubled during that time," says Ramos.

He admits that today was the first day he's stopped by the occupy location, but says it's never too late to support the cause.

"It's important for everyone to support it, I wish I was out here more often, but times are hard," says Ramos.

Occupy Reno is set up in a parking lot behind the Moana pool.

Occupiers have a fire pit set up to stay warm. They even have a stocked bookshelf.

Occupiers like Michael Weston say the Occupy Reno Movement is different from others in the country, but he still supports the movement as a whole.

"It's not as radical, it's a whole lot peaceful and we're trying to be careful and not get law enforcement after the group so we can peacefully get our message out through banners and signs," says Weston.

Ramos thinks the size of the group has something to do with it as well.

"We're not nearly as large, and there's not near as much confrontation," says Ramos.

Occupiers say the nights can be extremely cold, but that doesn't stop them from camping out.

"If we don't do something soon, this country's going to go down the tube," says Weston.

That's exactly what Jorge says drew him to the movement.

"We have to let people know what's going on, and we have to step up and do it," says Ramos.

Occupiers say they are getting power and Internet installed in the next few weeks. With winter approaching, they are going to move from the back of the building to the front of the building, where they say it's warmer.


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