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Occupy Wall Street protesters are taking part in an “11-mile neighbourhood march” this morning, walking from Washington Heights in north Manhattan to the OWS base of Zuccotti Park.
Demonstrators say the march will “connect New York’s communities with the Occupy Wall Street Movement”. Local elected officials and community leaders will participate in the march as well as OWS protesters, according to the group’s press release:
“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.”
Meanwhile the occupation continues in Oakland, where two Iraq war veterans have been hospitalised following clashes with police. Kayvan Sabehgi, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was admitted to Highland hospital’s intensive care unit on Thursday night. He told the Guardian he was beaten by police batons, resulting in a lacerated spleen.
Susie Cagle is a graphic journalist based in Oakland who has been covering the Occupy protests there since they began.