'Occupy San Jose' demonstrators split over demands

October 10, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
In San Jose, occupy protesters are making demands, but not all of the demonstrators are on-board with who's doing the asking or what exactly they're asking for.

Many people taking part in the Occupy San Jose demonstration say it's time for specific action that would hold big banks and politicians accountable. Demonstrators say it's time for such action to emerge from the national movement.

"It's hard for people to understand...we want peace, or we want equity," said participant Suzanne Warden.

The 'Occupy Wall Street' movement has released a list of eight proposed demands ranging from congressional action on banking regulations to changes in the tax code for corporations.

"It's a good start," said participant Jerome Mills. "It's good that we're finally starting to get a clear and concise message on solutions that we've all come up with."

Building consensus among a movement that considers itself to be a democracy won't be easy -- there is already some push back that the message needs to stay generic and inclusive without specific demands.

"Equality -- it doesn't matter if it's in politics, if it's in the banking system, in the schools. It's all linked together," said participant Mario Cortez.

A growing number of people taking part in the movement say the only way the 99 percent will have an impact is through very specific congressional action and political change.

"I really think that something is going to get accomplished," said participant 'Sam.' "Look at Wall Street...they're definitely not going away, and we're definitely not going away either."

San Jose city hall has a ban on overnight camping, so many of those who camped out have found themselves with misdemeanor citations and fines.


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