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Rally planned in Snellville to support Occupy movement

SNELLVILLE -- While they don't plan to "occupy Snellville," a local group is planning a protest in the suburban city Saturday to support the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Members of MoveOn Gwinnett plan to rally at 11 a.m. Nov. 5, assembling at the intersection of Ga. Highway 124 and Janmar/Ridgedale Road then marching to Wells Fargo Bank and Walmart.

"We are tired of big banks, Wall Street, and large corporations controlling the legislative process through their lobbyists and their contributions," said Glenda Poindexter, one of the event organizers. "People are frustrated with a system that only works for the top 1 percent (of wage earners). Thanks to the brave protesters at Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Atlanta and around the world, more people than ever are talking about how we can make Wall Street pay to get an economy that works for everyone," she added.

Steve Toggerson of the MoveOn group said protesters do not plan to camp out, like many of the month-long protests throughout the country, but to show support for the same cause.

"It isn't just in New York or downtown Atlanta," she said. "It's an opportunity for those in Gwinnett who are just as concerned about those issues ... but can't always get down to Atlanta."

The event is being organized to coincide with others nationwide as part of the American Dream Movement, a press release said.

"We are sick to death of Wall Street greed crushing the American Dream and decimating the middle class. Millions of Americans are struggling every day to find a job and keep a roof over their head, yet Wall Street and the top 1 percent are getting record bonuses, earning record profits and still refusing to pay their fair share," Poindexter said in the release.

"It is time for a change," she said. "As we approach the holiday season, we are encouraging people to show their support by shopping at their local businesses and transferring their accounts to community banks and credit unions. With the large corporations not supporting the average American, we can no longer support them."