WALNUT CREEK -- The Occupy Wall Street protest is ready to march into Walnut Creek.

The movement that started in New York with people railing against bank bailouts, corporate greed and political power will be in Walnut Creek Wednesday. Two groups will protest at 4 p.m., near the intersection of Main Street and Mt. Diablo Boulevard, likely extending down the block to Locust Street.

The groups first gave separate locations for their protests, but now say they will protest together.

The two groups, Occupy Walnut Creek and Contra Costa 99 Percent, plan to protest near the Bank of America.

Some signs will be provided, but those who want to join are encouraged to bring their own.

Protesters say they don't plan to camp, as is happening in other cities. They say they want to draw attention to the inequality of wealth in this country and how corporations have more power than the people.

Demonstrating in Walnut Creek makes sense, said Mike Veiluva, resident and member of Contra Costa 99 percent.

"It's absolutely the logical place because, in some ways, it's the heart of the beast," he said. "You have a lot of people hurting out here; just because it's Walnut Creek it's all kept underneath.

"There is wealth inequality here," Veiluva added. "We have people who are just barely getting by and then we have the 1 percent living in these palatial homes on the hills that surround us."


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Sergio Lub ¿of Occupy Walnut Creek said protesting here is necessary because some media portray protesters as young people who don't have a job and therefore have nothing better to do.

"I am almost 60 and employ a dozen people in my business -- so myself and my neighbors are so removed from the stereotype that corporate media is trying to sell us," he said in an e-mail.

Walnut Creek police say they will be at the protests to ensure safety.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled Sergio Lub's name.

Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.