OGDEN -- While Occupy movements in Salt Lake City and other parts of the country were being forced by police to shut down this weekend, 21 protesters in Ogden were voicing their concerns peacefully.
A candlelight vigil and march from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden just after sundown Sunday took participants to the steps of City Hall and back.
The demonstration was designed as a vigil in honor of a man who died in a tent in Salt Lake City as he participated in the Occupy Salt Lake protest.
"Every human life matters, and whenever a life is cut short, it is cause for grief," prayed the Rev. Theresa Novak, of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, as the event began.
"We are also in sorrow for our country, which has lost its way," she prayed. "Too many people die every day on the streets of our cities -- cold, hungry and afraid. Too many people have lost their jobs, their savings, their homes and their hope."
Novak asked a supreme being to help the country build a land where, as in the words of the prophet Amos, "Justice will roll down like waters, and peace like an ever-flowing stream."
As they left the church and marched to City Hall, participants chanted, among other themes:
"Who are we? We are the 99 percent. You are the 99 percent."
The marchers included those who were young and some who were homeless.
They were made up of the group "Occupying" the lawn at the church, which has grown from a handful at midweek to 17, as well as other supporters.
A dozen of those new recruits "occupying" at the church have come from Salt Lake City after participants there were forced out, Novak said.
But Sunday's march also drew participation from Bev Dalley, an Ogden resident who is 88.
Dalley said she thought it important for her to fight the cold and participate because she wanted to make a statement.
"I'm in sync with their aims, which is to draw attention to the fact that the 99 percent is poorer than the 1 percent," Dalley said.
Dalley said she has previously seen government changes that came about when people got out and marched.
"In the Vietnam war, it wasn't until people took to the streets that Congress took notice," she said.
Dalley said she believes that, in time, the movement will become progressively more organized and more effective.
Another participant Sunday was a disabled man who is vision-impaired and struggles with learning disabilities.
David Guymon, 31, of Ogden, said his sight issues run in the family. His mother, brother and sister all have the same malady.
And he said changes in government programs have deeply affected not only his family but other people with disabilities whose voices aren't often heard.
"I've seen a lot of things in my lifetime get taken away," he said. "They get taken away and given to the top 1 percent. ... There's no social safety net."
And he said he has watched his brother and sister lose out on benefits because they had jobs.
"There is a time in every society when things need to change, where there needs to be a revolution," Guymon said.
"We won't leave till it's done," chanted some participants in Ogden's march Sunday. "We want change."
Novak is hoping to get donations to help feed the members of the growing Occupy Ogden movement.