Occupy Memphis marks third month with multiple protests - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Occupy Memphis marks third month with multiple protests

(WMC-TV) - Occupy Memphis marked its third month demonstrating against corporate greed by staging protests across the Bluff City Saturday.

"There are three actions happening all over Downtown Memphis," said protester Jacob Flowers.

The largest turnout was at Wells Fargo on Claybrook, where protesters accused the bank of targeting minorities with sub-prime loans.

"Go into the Frayser area, one-fifth of the houses that are foreclosed have been foreclosed by Wells Fargo," said protester Patricio Gonzalez.

Protesters also asked Wells Fargo to stop investing in private prisons and immigration detention centers.

"For every person that goes into one of these private prisons, it's $200 Wells Fargo makes," said Gonzalez.

At Morris Park, protesters took bull horns to call for a free homeless shelter in Memphis.

"There was only $250,000 approved for it when they asked for $7 million," said protester Paul Garner.  "We're spending millions on other things."

At Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, protesters called for equity in the use of public service funds.

"We put our resources toward fighting wars rather than helping people," said Flowers.

Organizers said the tree simultaneous rallies, symbolizing what they describe as "unethical profit," "negligence on the homeless crisis," and lack of "equity" in public services, spread the demands to all sectors of the community.

Protesters from all three demonstrations converged at Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, where they called for a name change.

"Nathan Bedford Forrest is a person responsible for mass atrocities in our city, a devout racist and founder of the Ku Klux Klan," said Flowers.

With three months under their belt and vast reform demands, it is unclear if there is an end is in sight for Occupy Memphis.

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