Occupy Durango, one of many national and global offshoots of the Occupy Wall Street protests, continued Saturday with people gathering in Fassbinder Park before marching down Main Avenue.
The protest, which began Friday, dwindled around 11 p.m. Friday before starting up again Saturday afternoon.
Around 4:15 p.m. Saturday, the crowd of just more than 100 protesters formed a circle and passed around a megaphone as they discussed why they were protesting and what they hoped to achieve.
We need to form a positive message, Fort Lewis College student Dylan Leigh said to the group. Were dealing with national and international policy issues, and its hard for a few of us in Durango to influence that. We cant change those policies immediately.
It is important for the protestors to act in solidarity with those who do have the power to bring attention and change to national policies, he said.
Protesters discussed a variety of agendas, including pollution and the environment, the need for local stainability, womens rights, the elimination of corporate personhood, the takedown of gas and oil conglomerations and immigration policies.
I think a major problem is the corporate takeover of America, said Durango resident Liz Volz. Its hard to figure out how to address that, and I think we need small acts of civil disobedience, like pulling our money from the banks and putting it into local credit unions or maybe having a national strike day where we dont buy anything.
Several of the protesters listed unity and a sense of community as a main goal of the movement.
People are coming together against corporate takeover all over the world right now, said Durango resident Heather Snow.
We need to remember that were not alone, she said.
Both Snow and Volz emphasized their ages and that the protesters are not just a bunch of young people. In fact, Snow is 54, and Volz lives in senior housing, they said.
Indeed, there was as much diversity among the protesters as there was in the causes they supported. Several races were represented with men and women being about equal. Many members of the protest looked to be in their 20s or 30s, but the group included elderly people in wheelchairs, middle-aged couples, college students and young children.
There was no designated leader, though some figures were more vocal than others.
Protesters had not yet decided whether they would attempt to camp for the night or what their next plan might be, other than heading back to the park after the march.
I have no idea, Im just going with it, Lily Russo said as she marched.
As the grass-roots movement continues nationally and locally and protesters push a variety of agendas, one message remains fairly consistent.
We dont want everything for ourselves; we just want balance and enough for everybody, said Alix Fremgem of Ouray.