Occupy Wall Street soon will be occupying the highway. The movement that started in downtown Manhattan is taking its protest on the road with a two-week march from New York to Washington, D.C.
The march will start at noon this Wednesday, according to flyers handed out over the weekend by organizers. It will end at the capitol just in time for the beginning of the Congressional super committee on Nov. 23. The protesters will call on committee members to repeal the Bush tax cuts, which predominantly favor wealthy Americans.
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“We want these cuts gone!” according to a website set up to promote the march. “We will march on average 20 miles a day from 9am to 5pm (banker hours).”
The march also will be a rare opportunity for the disparate parts of the movement to meet one another, and give protesters’ sprawling lists of causes and demands some semblance of unity. Marchers will meet up with other occupying protesters in Philadelphia and Baltimore.
On their website, the marchers ask for donations, as well as medics and drummers.
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“We are unsponsored and have extremely limited funding. Please bring as much of your own supplies as possible,” according to the site.
Meanwhile, on the opposite coast, Occupy Oakland has an idea for what to do with all those empty, foreclosed houses dotting the landscape: Occupy them, too. The group posted a statement on its Twitter feed that its general assembly “just passed a proposal to encourage the occupation of bank-owned/foreclosed and abandoned properties across Oakland,” according to MSN.
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