Special Commentary: The March Towards Change

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The following was contributed by MYD member Jamie Ansorge:

[Tuesday] morning my interview with National Public Radio aired across the country. In it I advocated for those involved in the protest movement to call for a tax increase on wealthy individuals and corporations – something similar to Obama’s “Buffet Rule” and the Millionaire’s Tax here in New York State to pay for social and job programs. It’s time for all of us to pay our fair share towards a prosperous nation.

As the protesters move social consciousness to the left, it’s up to political activists and legislators to grab onto that movement to push policy to the left. For too long the tea party has pulled our nation – and our president – too far to the right. It is my hope that these popular and widespread protests will give our country’s politicians the courage they need to stand up for what our nation needs… tax reform, ethics reform, and bold investments in our people and infrastructure. I believe that the bigger and more sustained this peaceful movement becomes, the more attention the media will give and the more likely the political process is to respond. I do not advocate for any kind of hostility or unlawful activity. I am not against anyone. However, I do believe in standing up for what is right and for those in need.

On Wednesday I will stand with debt-ridden students, environmentalists, public employees, and many talented yet unemployed Americans in marching (with a legal permit to do so) from the steps of City Hall down to Wall Street in a massive showing of solidarity. I hope you will join me either in person or with a virtual action online.

Community and Labor March From City Hall to Wall Street

Wednesday, October 5 · 4:30pm – 7:30pm

March with us! Meet at the corner of Church & Chambers at 4:30 PM. Look for the “Democracy for New York City” banner.

March Sponsored By:
United NY, Strong Economy for All Coalition, Working Families Party, VOCAL-NY, Community Voices Heard, Alliance for Quality Education, New York Communities for Change, Coalition for the Homeless, Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP), TWU Local 100, The Job Party. NYC Coalition for Educational Justice. The Mirabal Sisters Cultural and Community Center, The New Deal for New York Campaign. National People’s Action, ALIGN, Human Services Council, Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State. Citizen Action of NY, MoveOn.org, SEIU 1199. CWA 1109, RWDSU, Communications Workers of America, Democracy for NYC, United Auto Workers, United Federation of Teachers, Professional Staff Congress – CUNY, National Nurses United, Common Cause NY. Writers Guild East. New Bottom Line, 350.org, Tenants & Neighbors, CWA Local 1180, Resource Generation, Greater NYC for Change

Online Solidarity Action by the American Dream Movement and MoveOn: