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Rev. Jackson Compares Occupy Atlanta With Civil Rights Struggle

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Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson talks with Occupy Wall Street participants in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York on Oct. 18, 2011. (credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson talks with Occupy Wall Street participants in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York on Oct. 18, 2011. (credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta/AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson is lending his support to the Occupy Atlanta movement and says that their efforts are an extension of the struggle for civil rights fought by Jackson, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others.

Jackson visited the Occupy protesters at a homeless shelter that has become their base of operations since Atlanta police forcibly removed them from a downtown park last week. Jackson urged those gathered to keep up the fight and to focus their anger on the economic and social disparities, rather than City Hall.

Jackson is in Atlanta participating in a conference with his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and said that the organization shares many of the concerns of the Occupy movement. He has also visited with protesters in other cities around the country.

Atlanta officials tell WGCL-TV that the Occupy movement has cost the city more than $450,000, with the majority of that coming from overtime costs for the police department.

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