NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Protesters seeking economic change for the nation's middle class gathered Thursday on Nashville's Legislative Plaza.
The protesters joined the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, which began September 17 in New York as a protest against Wall Street and economic inequality.
The movement has quickly gained momentum, with support across the country, including many unions and some democratic lawmakers.
Although the focus has been varied, all seem to agree that the country's money is going into the wrong hands.
“We are tired of big corporations, tired of Wall Street and one percent running our country in the ground,” protester Stephen Ferguson said.
In Nashville, the focus of Thursday's protest was a call for fair elections that many believe have been made corrupt by corporate interests and the wealthy.
Lee Hostettler from Wilson County also participated in the protest because she wanted to be a part of giving a voice to the voiceless.
“I'm a mother, a grandmother, a business owner and the fact that one percent of this nation has 99% of the wealth is troubling to me,” she said.
Not everyone agrees with the roots of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain called it un-American and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was quoted as saying it was “class warfare.”
In Nashville, syndicated talk show radio host Steve Gill told Nashville's News 2 it's important to note the differences between events like Thursday's and the Tea Party protests of 2011.
Gill explained, “The Tea Party really is following in the legacy of the American Revolution. [The Wall Street protestors are] following in the legacy of the French Revolution. Its mobs verses constitutionalists and again I hope the American people will see the distinction.”
Thursday's protest began at Noon on Legislative Plaza.
Extra security was on hand although there were no disruptions.