Faces of Occupy Nashville revealed - WKRN News 2

Faces of Occupy Nashville revealed

Posted: Updated: Nov 2, 2011 11:46 PM CDT

Demonstrators have been camping out at Legislative Plaza since the beginning of October, calling themselves "occupiers."

Many told Nashville's News 2 Thursday they are proud to participate in the Occupy Nashville movement.

Thirty-one-year-old Phillip Schlicher said he has been camping out and sleeping in a tent for most of the month of October despite having an apartment.

He said he actually prefers the community at Legislative Plaza over his apartment complex.

"I have never had a problem getting work and I've always worked hard for everything that I've had.  It may not be the Ritz but I am very proud of the contributions that I've made and what I've earned," said Schlicher, who had a retail job for nearly six years and is preparing to go back to school to become a counselor.

Until school begins, Schlicher said plans to continue his fulltime job of protesting.

Protestor Mike Anger, 29, told Nashville's News 2 he left his home and sales job in Lexington, Kentucky to protest at the plaza.

"I just kind of put my life on hold for this cause," said Anger, who has been arrested twice at Legislative Plaza.

Anger said he is unsure if he will return to his corporate job because it represents what the Occupy movement is fighting against.

"Everyone doesn't like putting up a stand, and if this is the one non-violent way we [demonstrators] can do it then I'll be here," he added.

Demonstrator Diana Reed is a retired doctor.

"I'm a board certified neurologist," she said, adding, "I have worked at Vanderbilt as an assistant professor."

Dr. Reed said she has been working on getting the demonstrators flu shots during her time at the capitol.

Though everyone at Legislative Plaza comes from a different background, they are all fighting for the same cause.

"It is not just a bunch of kids or hippies, you've got folks from all walks of life, all ages, all beliefs, all belief systems," said Schlicher.

Reed added, "We're the 99%."

At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, members of Occupy Nashville will hand deliver a letter to the office of Governor Bill Haslam.

They will provide a reading of the letter outside of the capitol prior to entering the office.

Also on Thursday, port-a-potties are set to arrive at Legislative Plaza for the demonstrators.

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