Occupy MB protesters want their voices to be heard

About 20 Occupy MB protesters chanted for change. / Lisa Edge

"This is what democracy looks like!" was just one of many chants heard from Occupy Myrtle Beach protesters Thursday afternoon. The protest was part of Global Solidarity Day.

"We're not socialists. We're not communists. We're just American people that love our country, and we want to see the American government come back to for the people, by the people," explained Edward Roberts.

Roberts, along with about 20 Occupy Myrtle Beach protesters spread their message to those passing by. They identify themselves as part of an overlooked group, the 99%, and hope others will join their demonstrations.

"The more people that we can get to protest it, the better, and eventually they're going to hear our voices whether they want to or not," said Heather Ashe.

Ashe is a 19-year-old student at Coastal Carolina University, and one of the group's founding members. She's concerned by what the job market will look like when she graduates.

"Corporations who are controlling the government, they're sending half of their jobs overseas because they don't want to pay hardworking Americans to do those jobs. They can get them done cheaper and faster over there. Keep more jobs in America!" said Ashe.

The group wants to see an end to corporate America's relationship with elected officials and "true democracy" restored.

"The large amount of corporate money involved in our politics right now, we feel like the American people have lost their voice in the American government because corporations can just pay off whoever they want and get accomplished, and what they want may not necessarily be what's best for the American public," added Ashe.

"My ten dollars is not going to get anybody elected. It takes millions of dollars and thousands and only corporations have that kind of money, so I want my vote back," said Roberts. "It's not fair when most of the people in this country control everything. The rich are getting richer. I know y'all have heard it before and the poor are getting poorer, but that's the God's honest truth of what's happening in our country."

Ashe wants to see less police brutality at the other Occupy movements across the nation. "I would like to stop hearing in the news about how people are getting shot with rubber bullets and tear gas and other things. We're a peaceful movement."

While their numbers may be low, this group says eventually their voices along with those in other cities will be heard in Washington.