Occupy Wall Street “End to End for 99%” March today

Uptown residents are invited to take it to the streets this morning and join local elected officials, community leaders, labor union representatives, and grassroots activists in a march from 181st and St. Nicholas avenue, all the way down to the Occupy Wall Street base at Zuccotti Park.   The “End to End for 99%” march starts at 10:30 AM, and will make its way through Harlem neighborhoods where enthusiastic participation is expected. It’s a very long way to walk down to Zuccotti Park from Harlem, but you can always jump in and march for a few blocks to get your protest on.

UPDATE:  I joined the march at 125st and Broadway and went down as far as 72nd street where I was obligated to break off to a meeting.  I had to get this photo up of a great group of people representing Harlem4, who had the best banner of the day!


Press Release:

Starting at 181st Street & St. Nicholas Avenue

New York, NY – This morning (Monday, Nov. 7, starting at 10:30am) local elected officials and leaders from diverse communities as well as labor union representatives, and grassroots activists will march eleven miles to connect New York’s communities with the Occupy Wall Street Movement. The “End to End for 99%” march will launch in Washington Heights (181st and St. Nicholas) at 10:30am and work South through Harlem on its way to Zuccotti Park, where it will join Occupy Wall Street protesters in solidarity.

“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.”

Tyler Combelic, a volunteer with Occupy Wall Street said: “We’re proud to stand with our brothers and sisters from diverse communities around New York. We know that communities of color have been especially hard hit by a system that promotes inequality and punishes everyday Americans in favor of Big Banks and the Corporate Elite. We are ready to work together to build a stronger, more equitable America.”

New Yorkers from all walks of life will join the march at various points in its 11-mile route. The march will culminate in a solidarity protest at Zuccotti Park, where activists have been gathered to call for fundamental changes to economic policies and our political system.

“Profits and CEO pay are up on Wall Street and in corporate board rooms, but the recession hasn’t ended in our neighborhoods or in working class communities across America,” said Wilfredo Larancuent, a leader in the Working Families Party, and in Workers United. “We need to stand together. We are the 99%.”

The march announcement was joined by various local non-profit groups who are supporting the Occupy Wall Street Movement, including United NY, New York Communities for Change Project, NAACP, Alianza Dominican, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, Community Board 12, Centro Altragracia, and many others.