Protesters are Occupying Buffalo

October 11, 2011 Updated Oct 11, 2011 at 5:03 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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October 11, 2011 Updated Oct 11, 2011 at 5:03 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - It's a nationwide effort that has come right here to the Queen City. A group of people protesting for what they say will be overall better life for the common man.

"It's day three of Occupy Buffalo. We're upset with people in power and the lack of accountability in office and politicians being fueled by lobbyists," Eric Gersbacker with Occupy Buffalo said.

These are just some of the issue fueling a group called Occupy Buffalo.

"This is basically a leaderless movement. We're trying to effect small change to lead to a bigger change to effect everybody... not just one group of people. You see all the 400 families with all the money, it's just sad and ridiculous," Shawn with Occupy Buffalo said.

This movement is happening across the country and now the globe. It all started in New York City with the Occupy Wall Street protest that began two weeks ago. Those protests are still going strong. Now, leaders across the country are weighing in on the revolt.

"I for one am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying wall street and other cities across the country believe it or not, some of the towns have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans," Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said.

Democratic House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi fires back.

"You didn't hear him say anything when the tea party was demonstrating, actually spitting on members of congress here at the capitol and he and his colleagues putting sins in the windows encouraging them but let's not get down to that," Pelosi said.

Locally. Occupy Buffalo members are asking residents to come down to Niagara Square and speak their mind about the issues. They are also getting city leaders involved, calling on the Buffalo Common Council to cut ties with businesses that they feel contribute to the problems.

"With this kind of movement things can effectively change," Shawn said.