MANATEE -- More than 50 people joined an Occupy Bradenton rally from 9 a.m. to noon today at McKelvery Park at the corner of Manatee Avenue West and 43rd Street West.
“I think it was a great response,” said rally participant Robyn Davis, one of many who held signs along Manatee Avenue West . “It was interesting how many demographics were represented, including older people, younger, all different ideologies.
“This has gotten people who in the past may not have been out in the street to come out,” Davis added. “A majority of Americans feel they are not represented anymore.”
About “90 percent” of passing motorists who responded by beeping horns or in some other form were positive, Davis said.
Participant Robin Cooper, a Manatee County resident, said he joined because he believes “a few corporations are telling our politicians what do to and it’s not the people anymore.”
“We lined up along the street and people were still showing up when I left at noon,” Cooper said.
Occupy Bradenton is part of the roughly month-old Occupy Wall Street, an action against corporate involvement in government, Davis said.
Occupy Bradenton is scheduled to meet again Sunday at 9 a.m. at the same McKelvery Park location.
Today’s hastily called local rally was in response to an international day of rallies for the Occupy action.
A previous Occupy Bradenton rally last Sunday drew about 100.
“I can’t speak for the entire Occupation movement, but one thing we are very united on is that there be an end of major corporate influence in government,” said Davis, who was never involved in a political cause until now. “This is about people all saying we want influence in government.”