Occupy Updates: DC Protesters Arrested in Senate Building, NYC "Billionaires March" Confronts 1% CEOs (Including Murdoch, Koch)
Here are some late-breaking updates, mostly via Twitter, of actions planned in Washington, DC, and New York today on behalf of the Occupy Together movement.
In Washington, DC, protesters from a variety of groups marched towards the Hart Senate Building with the intention of disrupting business there and shutting things down. The early scene, from TPMDC: "Protesters were gathering in the atrium of the building as Capitol police officers loomed nearby and as other demonstrators in anti-war gear set themselves up in the lobbies of floors overlooking the lobby." According to late-breaking reports, the protesters entered the building and staged a demonstration, but the atrium was later cleared and 6 arrests were made during the action.
In New York City, a "billionaires march" headed from dowtown to the tony Upper East Side, with plans to by the homes of corporate bigwigs and tycoons including Rupert Murdoch and David Koch. From a report this morning:
The marchers will hold oversize checks they say demonstrate how much less the wealthy will pay when New York State's 2 percent tax on millionaires expires at the end of the year.
Report right now from twitter have a union-centric crowd marching uptown, getting enthusiastic responses from onlookers--in particular the doormen at the buildings en route.
At Nymag.com, an organizer explained the group's targeted opposition to Governor Cuomo's plan to let New York's own millionaire's tax expire:
The crowd is scheduled to travel uptown from 59th Street and Fifth Avenue at 12:30 p.m. and will call for an extension of the state millionaire's tax, which expires at the end of the year and is opposed by Governor Cuomo. "Ninety-nine percent of the residents of New York are going to suffer from this tax giveaway so the 1 percent who already live in absolute luxury can put more money in their pockets," explained one march organizer. "This is fiscally, economically and morally wrong."
More direct actions are planned throughout the coming days, culminating in a global day of action on Saturday.