|Updated: 6/18/2012 5:20 pm
||Published: 6/18/2012 3:34 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - "Block by block," yelled one protestor. The dozen or so others responded, "Occupy Little Rock," as they marched through downtown Little Rock Monday.
The group of protestors was comprised of members of Occupy Little Rock and the Occupy Wall Street Caravan, a group of Occupy members in the middle of a twenty day tour across the country.
"This is really fundamentally a trip to remind America that the principles that started Occupy are still standing, and in fact, they're getting more important," said Occupy Caravan Member Michael Leviton, who noted that one of those principles is holding the financial sector accountable, and that's why the group's protest target for the day was Bank of America.
"Bank of America embodies the greed, corruption, fraud, criminality, the amount that they have ripped off," explained Leviton. He claims that due to bank bailouts and lax regulation, Bank of America is essentially stealing from the American public.
"You go to jail when you steal 50 bucks from somebody's pocket," he said. "They've stolen hundreds of billions from our pockets."
So the hope is that the protest, while moderately sized, raises awareness and maybe even sparks some change.
Said Leviton, "we want to see Washington regulate the hell out of them."
As for the local group's living arrangements, they no longer camp at 4th and Ferry Streets in Little Rock but say they're sorting through the final details of a new, soon-to-be-announced home.
"It was never about a park," Leviton said. "We don't love camping. I'm an outdoors guy but I'm not here to camp. I'm here to wake people up and the only way to do that sometimes is by sitting down right here."
Bank of America Spokesperson Diane Wagner tells Fox16 that the company has no comment regarding the Occupy protest. She did note that Bank of America's chief concern during the protest was the safety of their customers.