Supporters of the “Occupy” movement that’s recently taken root on Wall Street and in Washington, D.C., plan to rally in Old Town Alexandria’s Market Square.
Marchers left Richmond, Va., Wednesday from Monroe Park and plan to settle in Market Square at noon on Tuesday.
On Wednesday around 12:30 p.m., before the Richmond movement left for Alexandria, they set up a demonstration next door to the home of Mayor Dwight Jones, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch. They were invited by the mayor's next-door neighbor to camp there and no trouble calls were reported by police.
on the marchers as they move up from Richmond. Currently, there are only about four "Occupiers" on their way up to Alexandria.
The marchers plan to meet up with New Yorkers now walking their way toward D.C. and ultimately unite in a march in Washington.
They plan to stake out near the White House on Wednesday, Nov. 23 when Congress is scheduled to vote on extending tax cuts.
“We are really excited for them to get here,” D.C. Occupier Sam Jewler from McPherson Square told Old Town Alexandria Patch. “We can’t wait for more people and supporters putting in the sacrifice by marching long distances. I personally think that this will really help draw attention to the super committee, which I think seems likely to be making bad cuts for our country.”
The Occupy DC website characterizes the group as a "grassroots movement empowering the 99% to have a say in returning the country to a just political and economic system."
City officials plan to meet Thursday morning to discuss the possibility of a rally next week and an action plan, according to a city spokesman.