Occupy Baltimore Marches With Community Groups Demanding Jobs

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Occupy Wall Street is two months old, and Thursday night, protesters in Baltimore made a strong showing for the 99 percent.

Andrea Fujii has more.

Occupy Baltimore marched alongside community groups and unions all with the same message– Baltimore needs jobs now.

A march with a message. Hundreds flooded the Howard Street Bridge  Thursday calling for jobs, not cuts.

“We need jobs,” said union leader Wade Brown. “People are starving. People are really hurting.”

“We are all in this together,” Argentine Craig of MoveOn.org said. “That we all need to have equal opportunity.”

Protesters want Congress to support President Obama’s jobs plan.

“They’re closing our schools down,” Lee Smith of Community Churches United said. “They’re taking our recreation centers. So if we don’t have jobs, what are we doing to have to offer our kids?”

“That’s why we’re out here. Because we’re sick and tired of it,” Larry Young, a WOLB-Radio host, said. “And we’re sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

They’re calling on Congress to create infrastructure jobs, like building schools and bridges.

“We need infrastructure,” Terrell Brown, a Baltimore City teacher, said. “We want business to get better incentives.”

Thursday’s march is part of a National Day of Action going on in 30 cities across the country.

For many, the message is personal.

“I’m worried about what the future holds for my own two daughters,” Pat Vido, a protester, said.

It isn’t just adults concerned about that future.

Reporter: “Arial, why are you out here today?”
Arial: “To fight for jobs.”

“I feel like there’s hope for when I get older because that’s when we’re really going to have to deal with this,” 11-year-old Solana Craig said.

Hope for a better future is the reason so many came out.

The protest remained peaceful. No arrests were made.

Occupy Wall Street protesters who are walking from New York to Washington, D.C. are expected to make a stop in Baltimore this Saturday.

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  1. Leigh Ann Erdman says:

    Idle threats mean nothing

  2. Jen says:

    when will RAWLINGS-BLAKE grow some ….. & get rid of the unslightly tents – totally ridiculous – have the Fire Dept turn their fire hoses on them & get them out of McKeldin Square – maybe they can move to the beach at Ocean City and pitch their tents for the next 2 months – see how long that would be allowed – they need to find jobs and get a life

    1. Kurt says:

      Hey Jen, I was thinking the same thing. Have them hose it down in the middle of the night when it won’t snarl traffic.

      Just what part of the 1% are they protesting at the Inner Harbor location anyway? These people really don’t make any sense. They are just being a nuisance to the working folk and tourists.

      1. moleman says:

        Kurt, …Tourists???? We have people who actually want to come see what in Balto. A bunch of panhandlers & a large crowd of angry loud menacing black youth running wild….Some attraction eh?

      2. AMY says:

        FORD ,CHEVY, HOUSING BUST, BANK TROUBLES, NO JOBS, 15 TRILLION DEBT, JOBS OVER SEA’S, U S A COUNTRY OVER RUN BY ILLEGALLS, DRUG GANGS, GAS STATIONS, 7/11’S RAN BY RAGHEADS, NO NOTHING TO PROTEST CORPORATE GREED, WALL ST INSIDE TRADING

    2. Clifford says:

      According the U.S. government’s numbers, there are 5 out of work Americans seeking to fill each job position that becomes available.

      It’s great that massive income inequality and the refusal of the government to do anything meaningful for all the millions who have lost their jobs is finally being talked about. Good for the protesters!

    3. Lisa says:

      It’s horrendous how the City’s Mayor is just allowing them to camp out. What do visitors think when they see that garbage at the Inner Harbor. Is she doing to let them camp out til NYE? Who wants to walk around downtown and see trash, tents and the smell because you know they are not taking baths and keeping clean. Maybe if they spent more time finding jobs they’d not be worrying. Who the heck is going to hire them? Garbage I say

  3. Kurt says:

    “Rawlings-Blake has acknowledged protesters are ignoring rules against camping at the Inner Harbor site, but she would not specify how the city plans to deal with the Occupy encampment.”

    They are BREAKING THE LAW not ignoring the rules. Sheesh, sugar coat it why don’t you? Hey Blake! You’ve got no backbone. What kind of city are we when the mayor gets to choose which laws she wants to enforce?

    Am I the only one that sees something wrong with this?

  4. Clifford says:

    Rich bankers take billions of our tax dollars, lay off millions of people from their jobs, kick more millions out of their homes, and then give themselves huge bonuses. That’s the issue. Good for the Occupy Wall Street movement for telling the truth about corporations dominating our society and ripping off the 99%.

  5. Lil Jonny frum Dundak says:

    It’s going to be cold tonight. Here’s what I say. Hose them all down around sunset, and then around 11:35 PM (just after the nightly evening news) bring in the police and have a good old fashion hippy beating!

    1. Julie says:

      Lil Jonny Dundalk – It sounds like you should move to China or another country that treats acts of civil disobedience with violence.

  6. Glen says:

    As a taxpayer, not only are they violating the LAW, but they are violating MY rights.and it is costing taxpayers money, that the city does not have, to tolerate these people.

    And now the city wants to know why people don’t want to go to the inner harbor. do da.

    1. willie joe says:

      Glen, Go fuc yourself you ignoramous.

  7. Henry says:

    It sickenis me to hear people speak about the Wall St, Occupiers violating the law and recommending that they be thrown in jail…How many crooked bankers and wall st. criminals have been sent to jail after almost throwing the U.S. economy into depression, notwithstanding causing millions of working class American to lose their homes…I am a member of the ONE PERCENTERS and I am ashamed of how my fellow fortunate colleagues ruined America…Because of them this country is finished, done; and will never recover…

  8. Steve Wilson says:

    What do you expect. Protest the big bucks guys and they will turn loose their hired goons. Kick Occupy out of parks and everyone of them should sue the cities involved for civil rights violations. See if the cities can afford that!

  9. TJN72 says:

    I wonder how many of these young people’s parents made their wealth by investments on wallstreet?

    1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

      TJN72, I guess that’s supposed to be funny? Wonder how many of those kids parents have had their homes foreclosed because they refinanced to send their kids to college & then had their 401-k wiped out & are now sixty yrs of age with nothing. You’re a real dic head.

      1. be more says:

        I am quite certain “those” kids who went to college aren’t the ones protesting.

  10. Working Man says:

    These azz holes really need to GET A LIFE AND GET A JOB! You people make me sick. I wish I had the free time to make fool of myself.

    You people are SICK!

    1. just so you know WORKING MAN says:

      working man you are a piece of work

  11. LOOK OUT KID NO MATTER WHAT YOU DID YOUR HIT says:

    JOBS SENT OVER SEA’S, CORPORATE GREED, NO ONE ENFORCING THE BODERS ON ILLEGALS, THINK ABOUT YOUR 401’S, WHAT ARE YOU INVESTING IN I DON’T THINK CHEVOLET, FORD, OUR BANKS, ,401’S ARE A BUST.YOUR INVESTING IN CORPORATE GREED THAT CHINA’S ECONOMY NOT OURS. YOU WILL NOT SEE THE DAY A 401 PLAN PAYS WHAT WALL STREET TELLS YOU.HOUSING IS IN THE DUMPS, AND TO TRY TO BUY A HOME ,WHO HAS 25%

    1. PARKVILLE MD says:

      POWER FOR THE MOVEMENT

  12. MAGGIE says:

    AMERICAN’S SHOULD BE DAM MAD. JOBS SOLD OUT TO NAFTA, CHINA, JAPAN,RAGHEADS FROM THE MID EAST OWNING 7/11’S, AND ALL GAS STATIONS, AND DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH. WAKE UP,,,,,,THE FOLKS WHO ARE WORKING ARE IN THE RAT RACE OF THERE LIFE,PAY CHECH TO PAY CHECK, AND YOUR POLITICANS DO NOT WORK FOR YOU BUT AGAINST YOU.

  13. TJ says:

    THIS IS A MOVEMENT THAT IS NOT PEACEFUL, AND FOLKS GET USE TO IT. NOT HAVING A JOB, NO PLACE TO CALL HOME, NO FOOD. THESE FOLKS HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE.MAKES FOR ONE HELL OF A PURPOSE.

  14. DAVE says:

    NO AMERICAN ASK FOR 15 TRILLION DEBT. OUR POLITICANS SOLD US OUT .BIG CORPORATION SOLD US OUT.banks took the money and ran WE, OUR KIDS, OUR GRAND KIDS WILL BE PAYING THIS DEBT, IF ALL AT WAR DOESN’T START FIRST. 350 THOUSAND AMERICANS ,VERSES 15 TRILLION DEBT,,,,,,ANYONE TAKING ODD’S YET?

  15. RAUCHEL says:

    does any on e really trust the goverment with a 15 trillion debt? do you have any faith/hope in your ferious leaders, mikulski,cardin,o’mally. keep in mind mikulski has held the seat in maryland for over 25 years .older then some protesters,,,,,,,this is change

  16. DEADBEATS says:

    pensions have been bought out, and we have been sold out. invest in a 401 is like telling our president we like his way of change.401’s how are they going to double your money,,,,,,,,in this economy, even it’s future it ain’t happening

  17. Working Poor says:

    Place a huge (30-50%) income tax on businesses. Give the businesses the option to be exempt from the tax based on the percentage of Americans that they employ when compared to their entire company. That will get their attention. Businesses need to either employ the people that buy their products or pay for their welfare checks.

    And for anyone that wants to claim that big business will just run away to another country, well they tried that once, and Castro got very rich off of that fiasco.

  18. whatnow says:

    Wow. Reading the comments on here it is obvious how many people really do not watch the news and understand how economics works. The comment above about putting a huge income tax on business. American businesses already pay 38%, the HIGHEST IN THE WHOLE WORLD. That is one reason why all the jobs are going overseas and they are keeping their profits overseas, is because of the overly burdensome tax in America. Do you know that GE paid no taxes last year and sent thousands of jobs overseas yet their CEO is the head of the president’s job council? A lot of these kids protesting ARE college educated. Have you watched the interviews? They asked one girl why she was protesting. She said she had been out of college for 9 months and still couldn’t get a job. They asked her what she took in college. She took ROMANTIC LANGUAGES! What kind of job do you get with that?????? And why is Ford listed on here as being evil? They did NOT take government bailout money and are doing just fine. The bigger question should be what has the government spent 5 trillion on in the last 2 years, 10 months?

    1. WAR IS HELL says:

      THE THREE AUTO COMPANYS WERE BAILED OUT, ALONG WITH BANKS , THESE COLLGE KIDS DO NOT WANT 15 TRILLON DEBT DO YOU BLAME THEM

  19. WHO DIDN'T KNOW THAT says:

    AMERICA THOSE GOOD OLD DAYS ARE GONE BECAUSE THE GOOD OLD BOYS HAVE NOT TOOK A STAND…….AMERICA “””””””WILL READ MADE IN CHINA””’

  20. whatnow says:

    Again, FORD was not bailed out, everyone else bailed out, including the banks, has PAID THE MONEY BACK!!!!!! But the debt is still there. WHY!!!!!!! I don’t blame them for not wanting the debt. I don’t want the debt I have. But instead of crying about it and asking someone to help me, I get a job and take care of myself. They want socialism. This is a capitalist country. Always has been, always will be.

    1. FAST FRANKIE says:

      what now JOIN TOGETHER AND TAKE A STAND,,,,,GET A JOB AND WORK OFF 15 TRILLON WHAT ARE YOU SMOKING ,,,,IT STINKS,, I DID NOT RUN THE DEBT UP I DID HAVE THE ENJOYMENT OF SPENDING THE DEBT DO NOT ASK ME TO PAY FOR IT…FORD , CHEVOLET THEY ALL STILL OWE $$$$$$

  21. AJ says:

    when you have nothing to loose it can get dangerous. to fight for what is yours i see no problem. welcome to AMERICA

  22. YaWinSomeYaLoseSome says:

    America wasn’t meant to be like this. Think about it. The economy is completely broken. Even in a household with two incomes, it’s getting harder to make ends meet. With both parents working, who’s raising the kids? The schools obviously can’t do a good enough job because funding is too low. Everything has become compromised by the country’s money problems.

    Lisa, you’re calling these protesters in the Inner Harbor garbage? Did you never visit before Occupy started? There’s always at least a few men sleeping under benches. It’s very rude to call other people garbage.

    Glen, how are the protesters violating your rights? Please explain. Have they come onto your property, acted destructively, or taken anything from you? I thought they mostly operated on donations and support from their community.

    These people are not lazy, they are not weak, and while you might not agree with the way they’re making a statement… it takes a lot to stay out there in the cold to make your point when it WOULD be a lot easier to just go home. Having a job does NOT mean that you are making enough to actually survive independently. That’s the problem here.

    Everyone else stop typing in caps. It makes you lose all credibility and it’s super obnoxious.

    1. Liberal Soldier says:

      YaWinSomeYaLoseSome, You make some excellent points. Some Americans are so full of greed and hate for those that don’t think the way they want you to think thus they attack, call people names. They never look at the big picture or the fact many Americans are tired of the way things operate in Washington. We must find a way to vote the 536 congress men and women out of Washington. They are the ones that got us in this mess and they are spineless to get us out. Many want to fight each other at this level. That is not the answer. We must fight at the ballot box and vote out politicians incapable of negotiating and finding a middle in which everyone gives a little for the good of America. I would hope those being angry and calling names would pause for thought.

  23. irony says:

    You win some lose some, Go fuc yourself azzhole. You have no credibility anyway dic head.

    1. Joe says:

      irony the truth hurts

  24. Steve Wilson says:

    “Occupy Baltimore marched alongside community groups and unions…” Looks like ordinary American taxpayers rallying to take back their country from the GOP-backed aristocracy that controls local, State and the Federal governments. Nothing like the business-backed con-job that’s been passed off as the TEA Party.

  25. Liberal Soldier says:

    It took our young people to get us out of Vietnam in the 60s and 70s or we still would be there. It will take our youth to apply pressure on the 536 elected officials to get this country back to prosperity. I applaud both the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street folks for taking a stance against the status quo.

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