Theresa Casto, a protester from Cross Lanes, said she understands the concerns of city officials. However, most community members are in favor of their messages and accept them staying at the park, she said.
"I'd hate to be in [Mayor Jones'] position because he has pressure from the other side," Casto said. "But we've been really pleased from the community's support."
Former U.S. Congressman and West Virginia Secretary of State Ken Hechler visited the protesters Monday and donated $500 of his own money to their cause.
Hechler said he supports the movement because of its push for workers' rights and taxation of the nation's most wealthy.
"We hope this will bring balance to the economy rather than just enriching the richest people on Wall Street," he said.
Matheney said his organization supports the movement for the same reason.
"The labor movement and the Occupy Wall Street movements are linked to very top levels, right down to Charleston," he said.
Some protesters said they will do whatever it takes to make their voices heard -- even if that includes being arrested for trespassing at the park.
"A lot of people are afraid of getting arrested, but we are committed to do so if it comes down to it," Fry said.
Hechler said he told the protesters he wants to be arrested alongside them if that should happen.
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