Occupy Richmond plans statewide rally

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Occupy Richmond says it's holding one of it's biggest events of the year. It's part of National Human Rights day. The group is inviting everyone from the state of Virginia to the rally.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m., occupiers plan to get on several GRTC  buses around the city and talk to people to find out their concerns about our nation's debt.

"The reason we're all out here is we see an issue and we want to fix it," said occupier, Megan Walker.

Following the ride, they'll meet at Monroe Park at noon, and march to the Federal Reserve Bank building and clean the streets on the way. They call it taking out the trash.

"We're going to wind up at the Fed which is considered one of the biggest pieces of trash of all and we are going to leave them there," said occupier, Will Carino.

At 2:00 p.m., they'll meet at their original gathering place, Kanawha Plaza, where police kicked them out in October. Among several other events, they plan to have guest speakers and community art projects.

"It's important to get out in your community and educate people," Walker said.

"If you're interested in what's going on in this country, we're interested in what you have to say," Carino added. "Come talk to us."

Occupiers say it's supposed to be a peaceful, family friendly event which will also have music and activities for kids.

"It will be a lot of fun for a lot of people," Carino noted. "No matter what you're into, there will something there for you."

We called mayor Dwight Jones' office and the Richmond Police Department late Monday morning. They have not said if they have any preparations for the rally yet.

In November, Mayor Jones said he and some neighbors signed a petition asking the protestors to leave, but Raymond Boone says he has not received that petition yet.

For more information on the solidarity rally this weekend, visit www.rva.org.