KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City's Occupy Movement says it used May Day to re-energize its base. At two rallies on Tuesday, the group says the common theme was fairness.
Protesters met at the Plaza and marched to the Board of Trade and then back to the Plaza. At its peak, there were about 100 protesters at various locations as the Occupy Movement tried to show it's not done fighting.
May Day protests all across the country fought for pay raises and worker's rights but in Kansas City, protesters had a few other messages. A group of 35 protesters planned a so-called "swarm" of the KCPL and Great Plains Energy shareholders meeting to protest plans to raise rates when it earned $200 million in profit in 2011.
"We presented the CEO with an unpaid taxes bill," said Chad Moore.
Moore says they were peaceful protesters.
"They let us speak and escorted us out," Moore said. "We have give groups so once they escorted out the first group then we went to group two and three."
Then a group of protesters marched from the JC Nichols Fountain to the KC Board of Trade to raise awareness about genetically modified food.
"People have the right to know when food has been genetically engineered in a laboratory," said Isaac Wilder.
They're protesting the trading of food as a commodity by arguing that food is for people and not for profits. They say there is a common theme with all the Occupy Protests across the country.
John Stolte didn't agree with parts of the message and shared a lively exchange with some protesters. Some protesters welcome the fact that this dialogue is happening.
"It's all about awareness," said Roman Davis.
It has been several weeks since the Occupy KC Movement lost its encampment by the Federal Reserve when police asked them to leave. FOX 4 asked whether that has hurt the local movement. The group says it didn't cause them to lose momentum. They remain focused on raising awareness about issues local occupiers say are important to them.