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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