Occupy Wall Street Protesters March Through Maryland

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—About two dozen members of the Occupy Wall Street Movement are walking through Maryland on their way to Washington, D.C. to deliver their message to Congress.

Mike Hellgren has more on what that message is.

When the birthplace of the Occupy Movement in New York City erupted into chaos, some of its founding members were already in Maryland on their way to the seat of the nation’s power.

“We started off in Zuccotti Park, 22 of us,” said Bo Han. “It started off as one thing, and it’s just grown to something that is beyond even our control.”

“We tell them, we’re walking from New York to Washington, D.C.,” said one male protester.

They started last week. Some barefoot. And their travels through Maryland have included a few bumps in the road.

“We were outside of one general store where people were purchasing items, and the owner asked us to leave. So that kind of struck a nerve with some people , and it wasn’t great for morale,” said  Kelly Brannon.

“It’s a little rough, but it’s not anything to really worry about. You just gotta keeping pushing. Push through the pain,” said one female protester.

The entire journey is about 230 miles.

Many in the loosely-organized movement are upset over bank bailouts, a lack of jobs and a lack of action in Washington, D.C.

As they’ve pushed back, so have police with arrests from coast-to-coast. But Baltimore has largely remained peaceful– despite the city’s threats to evict demonstrators from McKeldin Square. It will be one stop for those walking, and they should get a warm welcome.

“They’re actually out there putting in the work.  They’re getting blisters on their feet. They are stars under my eyes. They are super stars,” said a Occupy Baltimore protester.

They stayed overnight Thursday in Havre de Grace and are expected to be in Baltimore by sometime Saturday. They are keeping people posted on their whereabouts via Twitter.

About 200 people marched across the Howard Street Bridge in Baltimore on Thursday as part of the Occupy protest.

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  1. WE HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT AND THIS IS JUST THE EARLY STAGES OF A HUGE MOVEMENT says:

    AMERICA HAS BEEN SOLD OUT.CORPORATE GREED,,,BANKERS TAKING OUR MONEY, 15 TRILLION DEBT 350 THOUSAND AMERICANS TO PAY IT,,,,UNEMPLOYMENT HIGHS,,,STOCK MARKET INSIDE TRADING,POLITICANS AND BIG BUSSINESS MAKING COMPANYS LIKE GENERAL ELECTRIC AND CAPITALAR TAX EXCEMP LAST YEAR,,,,,,WHAT GIVES AMERICA ,,,,HOW MUCH CAN YOU IGNORE INTIL IT HIT’S YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

  2. PARKVILLE MD says:

    IF SOMTHING DOESN’T GET CORECTED IN THIS ECONOMY YOUR KIDS FOREHEAD IS GOING TO READ “MADE IN CHINA”’PRESS ONE FOR ENGLISH 2 FOR SPANISH TO SEE HOW YOUR KID IS WORKING OFF THE DEBT IN CHINA

  3. ed says:

    15 trillon debt, 350 thousand working americans,,,odds are we are going to war in the next ten years,inflation no jobs, we are worse off then europe,,,,,and the euro has been around for 12 years,,,folks this is real

    1. Stephen Burke says:

      Really we are worse then Europe? We have a 9% unemlpoyment rate Eupope is almost 30% Youe also talking about many countrys there compared to one country here. But if we are not careful we will end up likke Europe We can not afford to have the Government take care of every person.Its imposible we have to creat oppertunities for people to prosper creat wealth by working making a product again.

  4. DAVE says:

    putting money in a 401 plan is like trusting the goverment to get us out of 15 trillon debt ///////////ain’t happening

  5. RAUCHEL says:

    MIKULSKI, CARDIN, OMALLY, NOTHING TO SAY, BUT SPENT US A WHOLE RIGHT TO CHINA

  6. MD VOTER (D) says:

    Since I was around during the Vietnam War protests let me assure you the government is taking notice. Without the protests the war would have went on forever. My only problem is the protesters should be in Washington surrounding the White House and Congress demanding no more bailouts, tax reform, term limits, investigation of Wall Street, big banks, oil companies, etc.and hold them accountable for the melt down of this country. Not one executive has been charged for their misdeeds. Fannie and Freddie should be eliminated and Barney Frank should be in jail.

  7. Graham B. Henry Jr. says:

    What?

  8. harold says:

    Barney Frank???? Leave that weenie chomper alone.

  9. Not smart says:

    How are these people affording this trip if they have no job? Would it not be a better use of time to try to find jobs? And the barefoot thing serves no purpose- just to garner attention. They discredit their message when appearing as left wing radicals.

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