May 12, 2011
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Tens of thousands of New Yorkers marched on Wall Street on Thursday afternoon, May 12, 2011. Directing their anger at the Billionaire Mayor and his Wall Street buddies, they demanded a People’s Budget that would cancel his proposed draconian cuts to schools, transit and child care. Their idea? Tax the developers, the banks, the insurance companies and other giant corporations who have reaped billions in profits while paying nothing in taxes. And end the costly and endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – “Bring the money home and bring all our troops home now!”
The Wall Street skyscrapers trembled and its canyons reverberated to the thundering chants of thousands – “They say cutback….we say fight back!.” “Let the banks, billionaires and Pentagon pay!
Called by dozens of labor unions, including the UFT, SEIU and 1199 and many community, student and peace organizations (including an endorsement by Brooklyn For Peace), the march was a little bit of Wisconsin right here in NYC!
It was an emotionally uplifting and beautiful event. Here was New York working people out in force in all its multi-national, multi-racial diversity, marching arm-in-arm in a unity that can only spell trouble for the Mayor and others who refuse to tax the wealthy and the Wall Street bankers while they try to solve the fiscal crisis on the backs of those least able to pay. Stay tuned! There’s much more to come.