Occupy Tampa: Why people showed up and what they hope to accomplish

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Sounds of support followed more than 500 people marching through downtown Tampa Thursday, October 6 -- to "Occupy Tampa."

TAMPA, Fla. -- Sounds of support followed more than 500 people marching through downtown Tampa Thursday -- to "Occupy Tampa."

Their signs showed they may not believe in the mainstream media, in what we have to say, but they definitely believe in our country; and they're not afraid to say why.

"I feel that nothing is represented accurately on the mainstream media... most of the time," one protestor told us, "And it's just not being covered at all."

However, the crowd was able to cover this city with their message thanks to organization through social media.

Many taking to the streets need jobs, so we asked why they chose this for a solution, "Well, we just want to let America know that we're awake now. The 99 percent. It involves everybody, all walks of life, thank you." -showing gratitude for the freedom to march, to carry signs, to push for change.

"How will you know when you've accomplished your goal?" we asked. One supporter of Occupy Tampa responded, "When corporations are no longer people."

Clearly, the anger is directed at financial greed on Wall Street but anger also goes out to Congress and the desire for a better American future.

One grandmother marching with her grandson told us it's all about: "The next generation... the people who are going to inherit this earth."

That is why they occupy.

Follow 10News Reporter Chase Cain on Twitter @chase_cain

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