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Occupy Columbia May Have A Common Goal

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Protesters are still carrying signs like "I see Congress stealing that cash" to make themselves heard. Protesters are still carrying signs like "I see Congress stealing that cash" to make themselves heard.

By: Alex Heaton

Occupy Columbia is now in its twelfth day of camping out on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds. Its parent movement, Occupy Wall Street, is in its sixth week.

Branches of the Occupy Movement have cropped up in cities all cross the country. They all share the same disconnect, no real leaders or common goals.

In Columbia, occupiers seem to have a common thread, however, uniting under their demand to free "money from politics".

Former South Carolina Senator Tom Turnipseed has been active in the movement and says even though there is a variety of goals, there is a consensus.

"It focuses on the big-money guys," Turnipseed said. "It's profit-making gone berserk, and we're all affected by these people that make all this money."

Dave Crossley is unemployed and echoes Turnipseed's thoughts.

"The weasels are in the hen house," Crossley said, adding "get corporate influence out of government".

Next for Columbia occupiers, movie night this week.

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