OCCUPY ACROSS THE U.S.: More than 1,000 protesters have joined Cincinnati cause

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | 3:00 p.m. CST; updated 5:26 p.m. CST, Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Editor's note: Missourian reporters visiting their homes during the week of Thanksgiving caught up with Occupy movements in those cities. This is one of six dispatches from the Occupy movement across the country.

CINCINNATI – Nathan Lane said he worries about the type of world his 9-year-old daughter will grow up in. He is part of Occupy Cincinnati because he wants to see change in the city and nation where he lives. 

Lane helped organize the first Occupy Cincinnati event on Oct. 8 that brought more than 1,000 protesters into downtown streets. Occupy Cincinnati gathers in a downtown park where it holds daily general assembly and committee meetings. About 50 to 75 people come to the general meetings, Lane said.

When the park closes at 10 p.m., the protesters march on the sidewalks around the park. Since the group formed, the Cincinnati Police Department has arrested more than 60 people and issued hundreds of citations to protesters who fail to leave the park when it closes.

Many of the group's events are specific to the city — it opposed the campaigns of four city council members in a recent election, for instance. On Bank Transfer Day, the group protested in front of Fifth Third Bank, which has its headquarters in the city.

Lane would rather see the interests of the individual placed before the interests of corporations. People who are struggling to pay for their basic needs are paying a similar amount of taxes to higher income Americans, he said. He would like to see a more progressive income tax structure that would better fund education and health care.

“Education cuts at the local and national level are going to result in my daughter not getting the best education that she deserves, which will directly impact the quality of her career and her future life,” he said.

Jared Wojcikowski joined the Occupy Cincinnati group in early November. He said there isn't any single reason for his involvement. 

"The main reason Occupy Cincinnati exists is to fuel change and the need for it," Wojcikowski said. "Change in not only our country but the world as well."

Occupy Cincinnati is an inclusive group, Lane said. It does not aim to separate itself from the public.

"The biggest mistake we could make is to look at is as 'us' and 'them,'" he said. "Occupy Cincinnati is the public — we are just waiting on 'them' to join us."

Next: Occupy Denver

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