KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Members of occupy KC were given a platform to voice their concerns about the inequalities in our society. For the past 130 days members of the Occupy KC movement have been camping out in tents near Liberty Memorial.
Their goal is to call attention to economic inequalities, high unemployment and what they call corporate influence on government. The tents represent the frustration people feel about the great disparity between the wealthy and the working poor according to Mike Chase. Chase is a home remodeling contractor. He joined the movement in October and he’s been living in a tent for almost four months.
“I want our movement to grow because I believe there is power in numbers,” Chase said. “When people turn that corner and they come off their job or to their job I want them to see us.”
Chase was one of four panelist at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday. Like Chase, Amy Bowen is a college educated woman from Lawrence. She is active in the movement and even camped out in the cold to send a chilling message about what she calls the imbalance of wealth and power in this country.
“I would like to get our voice back,” Bowen said. “The people don’t have a voice anymore they have been cut out of the democratic process and this is our protest against that.”
Members of the Occupy movement say democracy has been hijacked by the wealthy one percent while 99 percent of the population struggles to make ends meet and achieve the American Dream.
“You have lots of people that have worked hard their whole lives in manufacturing and all of a sudden their jobs gets outsourced to another place,” said Occupy KC supporter Wesley Brockman. “That promise, that hard work equals good pay and a good life is kind of a fallacy.”
If you would like to get involved members of the movement encourage you to join them during their meeting Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights at 6 p.m. For more information about the movement you can go to occupykc.net.