Sunday, April 5, 2009


Chanting "Whose street? Our street!" hundreds of people rallied on Wall Street Friday to protest the billions of dollars in federal bailout money to big business. The protesters gathered in a steady rain behind police barricades and marched along Broadway and through the narrow streets in downtown Manhattan. They walked past the headquarters of American International Group Inc. and several banks that received federal funds to stay afloat. Some of the companies posted security guards outside their entrances. The march ended in Foley Square, near the federal courthouse. Police said four people who tried to block traffic by walking down the middle of Broadway were charged with disorderly conduct.

Thousands of New York protesters marched for the second day in a row on Wall Street Saturday, calling for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and more government aid for struggling working people. The group United for Peace and Justice organized the event. The marching protesters carried signs and puppets and chanted as they went down Broadway, walked past the New York Stock Exchange, and ended up in Battery Park.

They also walked past companies that took federal money, including American International Group (AIG), which drew controversy for giving company executives bonuses after it received federal bailout money. Dubbed "The March on Wall Street: Bail Out The People Not The Banks," the protest attracted huge crowds of on-lookers although it was raining steadily almost the whole afternoon.The protest was co-sponsored by, who is demanding a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, an end to both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (bring the troops home now!), full support of the Employee Free Choice Act (union rights to stop layoffs, cutbacks), a moratorium on transit fare hikes, no increases in school tuition, immediate worker and immigrant rights, and single payer health care for all.
They plan additional marches and protests in thirty cities across the country on May 1st as well.

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