Rallying for government change, more than 120 members of Occupy Rockford took to the streets this afternoon. The group has held protests all week, but this time around, they had an opponent on the other side of the street: the Rockford Tea party.
"We just want to show people that we are here, that we exist. We believed in freedom and liberty and freedom financially with jobs for everyone before all these groups”, says David Hale, organizer of the Rockford Tea Party.
It was a tale of two very different sides. The Tea Party, holding a silent rally while singing patriotic songs, and Occupy Rockford showing enthusiasm with chants, whistles and drums; voicing the same message of those at the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York.
Occupy Rockford member Benjamin Taylor says, “We don't support a particular party or particular politicians. What we do support and advocate for is the restoration of the American middle class."
While international movements have grown violent this weekend, both sides in Rockford stressed peace in their protests, letting their words do the work.
"Both myself and the organization as a whole have been vocally and often stressing that such confrontations are respectful and entirely peaceful. We're not a violent unruly mob”, says Taylor.
No more protests are planned for either group, but Occupy Rockford says they will continue to hold meetings about future rallies.