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Local Group Protests Federal Government

By Deneisha Pearson
By dpearson@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn -- Protesters with signs in hand were picketing for change Friday morning in East Jackson.

The group "Overpasses for President Obama's Impeachment TN" from Jackson says they're fed up with the federal government.

Group leader Barbra Bayles-Roberts says enough is enough.

"Our economy is bad enough as it is," Bayles-Roberts said. "I could only find part-time work after I was laid off from a full-time job and that was 4 years ago."

The protest is an extension of the truckers' ride for the constitution movement in Washington, D.C.

Members of the group say they decided to protest the government on Friday because it's their first amendment right.

"Now I have to worry about my social security benefits coming," Bayles-Roberts said. "My father is a WWII veteran, a war hero and he has to worry about whether he's gonna get his veterans pay."

But not everyone supports the idea.

Truck driver Rodger Newell says he stopped in Jackson to fill up with gas and didn't expect to run into a protest.

"I don't have a problem with them expressing their opinions, but they have to understand that they have been brainwashed," Newell said.

Newell says before anyone decides to protest the government they should do their research first.

"If you're gonna stand up for one thing you need to stand up for everything," Newell said. "There's a whole lot more going on behind the scenes before the government shut down."

The group says they plan to have more protests in West Tennessee later this year.