"From Washington Heights to Wall Street": Occupy Neighbors March in Support from End to End

 Occupy Wall Street actions have thus far been concentrated in Zuccotti Park, Union Square, Bryant Park, Times Square and surrounding areas—namely, the middle lower half of Manhattan. But as movements-within-movements like Occupy the Hood have emerged, it's certainly been clear from the beginning that Occupy supporters encompass every corner of the five boroughs—the 99% prevails. Today, that point is further underscored when marchers starting in Manhattan's far uptown neighborhood of Washington Heights—the largely Dominican neighborhood that's most recently famous through the works of author Junot Diaz—will walk from 181st and St. Nicholas Avenue, through Harlem, down to Zuccotti Park, where neighbors will join in solidarity. The march begins today at 10:30 AM, and the concept of a stream of supporters gathering "from end to end"—11 miles strong!—is pretty remarkable.

But it's also a necessity. Community leaders, per occupywallstreet.org:

“Our communities have been devastated by the economic assault on middle class and poor families, even as Wall Street has enjoyed a historic financial bonanza,” said State Senator Adriano Espaillat (Manhattan/Bronx). “We are marching together because we want to stand up for the 99% who have been left behind in this economy and build a stronger society that works for all Americans, not just the select few.”

Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez said: "When we march on Monday, we're marching for jobs, we're marching for affordable housing, we're marching for a millionaire's tax. On Monday we are marching to let the city know that the 99% in Northern Manhattan are calling for justice.”

Organizations supporting the "end to end" march include the NAACP, United for Change movement, Alianza Dominican, North Manhattan Improvement Corporation, Centro Altagracia, and more. For more information, visit occupywallst.org.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at November 7, 2011, 4:33am

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