Occupiers coming to Washington from New York
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The 99% are on the move and plan a visit to Washington on November 22, 2011. They had better hurry because Congress will have reached escape velocity. I can hardly wait.
I think the movement has solidified in the hearts and minds of many American voters. This is about them.
Occupiers are on a collision course with the congressional supercommitee that has a deadline to meet. Occupiers want a repeal of the Bush tax cuts and want the wealthy to pay their fair share. Furthermore, they want corporations and wealthy Americans to be restrained from using their money to unduly influence elected officials and undermining the rights of individual voters. Freedom is at stake.
“Occupiers plan epic New York to Washington march
Their target: The congressional supercommittee and the Bush tax cuts for the rich
TOPICS:OCCUPY WALL STREET
Persistent criticism of Occupy Wall Street for failing to specify demands has helped obscure the fact that groups of people within the movement have been mobilizing around concrete political goals.
The latest example is a small group of occupiers who will set out tomorrow on a 230-mile march from New York to Washington, where they plan to arrive on the eve of the deadline of the congressional supercommittee.
The marchers’ message to the supercommittee: cut the Bush tax cuts on the rich in order to help balance the budget and save badly needed social programs. (Those tax cuts were extended by President Obama and Congress after a fight last year.)
“If there’s a message, it’s that we’re paying attention now,” says Michael Glazer, 26, one of the march organizers.
Glazer is an unemployed actor from Chicago who has been sleeping in Zuccotti Park, the center of the Occupy Wall Street movement, for a month. He and fellow occupier Kelley Brannon organized the march. It is expected to take two weeks to complete the trip.
“You’re going to be cutting money out of programs that help middle America, yet you’re not going to try to tax the wealthy, the 1 percent, at all,” Glazer says of the supercommittee.
Remember, the supercommittee has been tasked with finding a plan to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit by Nov. 23, which would then go to an up-or-down vote in Congress. Lawmakers are increasingly predicting that the supercommittee will fail. If it does fail, automatic cuts in military and social spending will be triggered — but there are potential ways aroundthose triggered cuts.
Twelve marchers are set to leave Zuccotti Park Wednesday at noon; they plan a 20-mile-per-day pace that would have them arriving in Washington on Nov. 22.”
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