"WE ARE THE 99%..."
The chant…by the group Occupy Sacramento…is a reference to what they say is the one-percent of Americans who have grown richer during the recession.
Demonstrators have spent the better part of a week rallying at the park. But police have told them to disburse each night …citing the city's anti-camping ordinance.
Some of the protesters were at last night's Sacramento City Council meeting. They want the city's permission to occupy the park 24-hours-a-day.
Protestors like Curtis Park resident and retired history teacher Mark Bradley told the council that they're demonstrating…not camping…so they should be exempt from the ordinance.
"When I was arrested last Sunday morning and taken to the county jail I must have seen at least 70 police officers, many in riot gear, who were taking part in the arrest and detainment of 14 of us. I understand this costs in excess of $4,000 to $5,000 for that night alone. What we are looking for is a place to dialogue face to face with our fellow citizens and hopefully forge a more equitable future for all of us."
Councilman Steve Cohn asked city staff to look into whether a special permit could be issued to the protestors.