Across North Carolina, groups inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement are hoping to gain momentum at demonstrations and other public events.
Large demonstrations are planned this weekend in Charlotte and Raleigh, where hundreds of people turned out last week to register their discontent with political stagnation and economic difficulties.
As many as 30 people have been camping out in Charlotte, home of Bank of America and the site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. They expect to be joined by hundreds more this weekend.
In Raleigh, organizers say that after a demonstration at the old state Capitol on Saturday, they plan to keep a permanent presence downtown, although they've been denied a permit.
Other meetings have taken place in Asheville, Wilmington, Winston-Salem and on college campuses.