'Occupy Seattle' members gather downtown


by NATASHA RYAN / KING 5 News and Associated Press


Posted on October 1, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 1 at 6:01 PM

SEATTLE – Members of group calling itself “Occupy Seattle” gathered at Westlake Center downtown on Saturday.

About 150 people chanted "End corporate welfare, we are the 99 percent."

The group, an off-shoot of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, planned to form affinity groups and work groups.

Huddled in small groups, they got to know each other.

“It is important to say what we are for and against,” said Kshama Sawant. “We are against big business and politicians. We want voices to be heard.”

“There's no leaders, it's an organic growth and the ideas that come out are really inspiring,” said Albert Postema.

In New York City, a group has been camping out in a park near Wall Street for two weeks to protest economic disparity and corporate influence.

In Union Square, more than 1,000 people rallied Saturday in an event to call attention to sexual violence against women.
The Brooklyn Bridge saw two marches, one from Brooklyn to Manhattan by a group opposed to genetically modified food, and another in the opposite direction against poverty.

According to the Occupy Wall Street website, police shut down the Brooklyn Bridge and at least 20 people were arrested.