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Occupy St. Louis will occupy D.C. for three days

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St. Louis (KSDK)-- Occupy movements from across the country, St. Louis included, are now heading to Washington D.C. St. Louis members will be joining thousands of protesters for Occupy's "Take Back the Capitol" movement.

Johnathon McFarland says he doesn't have a job holding him back. His bags are packed. He's heading out on a bus to occupy Washington D.C.

"Corporations and government shouldn't be involved with each other," said McFarland. "It seems like they're making decisions against the people. That's why people get mad and stand up and say- hey, these are our rights."

That's why McFarland is with Occupy St. Louis. He was with them when the group occupied Kiener Plaza. With them-when Occupy broke the law by keeping up their tents, violating curfew. More than two dozen were arrested. Now he's with them as they join Occupy Kansas City Protestors on a 16 hour bus ride to occupy the nations capitol.

"My only out of pocket expense is for me eating," said McFarland.

Service Employee International Union paid for the bus.

"This is going to be an interesting trip. A lot of us don't know each other. We're getting on a bus, going to be on a bus for 16 hours here," said SEIU Organizer Lenny Jones.

There are workers, students, unemployed and the homeless. The protestors are prepared to pitch tents on the nation's mall to send the message to congress: represent 99-percent of Americans, not just the wealthiest one percent .

"That's what this trip is all about. That's why it's called: the people taking back Congress. 'Taking Back the Capitol'," said Jones.

After they occupy Washington D.C. for three days, they'll be returning to St. Louis on Friday. One woman says some Occupy St. Louis members will be staying behind because they're trying to take back Kiener Plaza.












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