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Second Saturday of Occupy Santa Rosa draws 250 marchers

Occupy Santa Rosa activists marked their week-long protest outside City Hall with a rally and downtown march Saturday that drew about 250 people.

Waving signs and chanting slogans like, "Banks get bailed out, we get sold out," the protesters lingered briefly outside Citibank on B Street before moving up Fourth Street and onto Juilliard Park.

Colby Jones, 32 of San Francisco, who took part in the rally with her mother, Sherry Jones, 57, of Sebastopol, said she was impressed by the resolve of the Santa Rosa group.

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"I'm deeply heartened by what's happening here," said Jones, a nanny, who also attened last Saturday's demonstration — the sixth-largest in the nation. "People are coming out en masse."

And it's nowhere near over, organizers promised Saturday.

Occupy activists said they would continue to camp at City Hall until at least Christmas Eve and plan to stage rallies and marches every Saturday.

Earlier this week, the city allowed protesters to install a port-a-potty and the round-the-clock occupation has been supported by food and money donations.

On Saturday, the group sold baby blue Occupy Santa Rosa T-shirts for $10 a piece.

"We're going to be here indefinitely," said organizer Tess McDermott, 20, of Sebastopol.

The activists have been careful to obey the law, but an upcoming march might include some form of civil disobedience.


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