NEW YORK (AP) — Flanked by police scooters, about two dozen Occupy Wall Street protesters started a two-week walk from New York to Washington on Wednesday.

The activists left Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, marched past the World Trade Center site and boarded a ferry to New Jersey. The group planned to stay overnight at a private home in Elizabeth, N.J., and resume their walk on Thursday morning.

“Everything is going well so far, everyone is in good spirits” Kelley Brannon, the walk’s main organizer, said during a phone interview Wednesday night, shortly before they arrived in Elizabeth. “We’re doing well and looking forward to our travel.”

They plan to walk through Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland and arrive in Washington by Nov. 23 — the deadline for a congressional committee to decide whether to keep President Barack Obama’s extension of Bush-era tax cuts. Protesters say the cuts benefit only rich Americans.

Michael Glazer, a 26-year-old actor from Chicago, smiled as he boarded the ferry across the Hudson River, cheered by supporters shouting, “Thank you!” Walking in well-worn boots, he said: “I’ve had these for years and years, and they’ve served me well for many miles of marches.”

They hope to pick up other participants along their 240-mile march and have likened the effort to long-distance walks during the civil rights era. They say they’ll overnight by camping or at volunteered accommodations.

Among those seeing off the Occupy marchers was Rabbi Chaim Gruber, 42, the self-appointed “resident rabbi” of the New York protest.

“Anyone need a sleeping bag?” he asked the group, handing over two — along with a bag containing shampoo and extra socks.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (10)
  1. val says:

    BRAVO!!!! I hope you guys are donating some goods or money to these people who are out there STANDING up for US.

    I have contributed

    1. sensored says:

      You are a fool.

      All of us hav donated (well atleast those who work and pay taxes) to these idiots.

      While I’ll support their right to protest and demostrate I’ll call them idiots for why they are doing it.

      You live in America…which was built on Capitalism. It works. If that means the rich stay rich…then great. If you want to be rich…do something about it.

      Stop living off your neighbor and fix your own issues.

      Donate and contribute….Val get real.

      1. robertryan says:

        They’re not idiots. If you got whacked tomorrow you would be squealing like a baby you prick.

    2. Jim H says:

      If you want to support OWS consider buying some of my OWS shirts.
      100% of proceeds are being donated to the OWS Movement.
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  2. Al Right says:

    The OWS Movement has collected over $600,000 in donations so far, and yet the homeless are shunned from partaking in their 5-Star Chef prepared meals…

    How about… Occupy a Soup Kitchen?
    Get more ows facts on my site:

  3. Jim Halpert says:

    If you want to support OWS consider buying some of my OWS shirts.
    100% of proceeds are being donated to the OWS Movement.
    Check them out here:

  4. Louis says:

    Cool shirts. I’m gonna buy one to wear at the protest. The New York pic is nice and I like the Zepata quote on back. I might even get some for the rest of my friends there.

  5. Liberal Soldier says:

    Blessings to these wonderful young Americans as they take a stand against greed, corruption and the status quo that reap rich bonuses and cut jobs to make it so. This is not about taking wealth from the rich. It is about leveling the playing field. Having balanced trade with other countries, lowering the cost of education and asking the wealthy to invest in jobs so Americans can feed their families..

  6. Wehr Macht says:


    Yeah sure…just keep marching…well, here is the truth about who and what they are…THE TRUTH POWERFUL ENOUGH TO WAKE YOU ALL UP !!!

  7. Ruby says:

    Do not buy OWS items from anyone!!! If you want something: Make it yourself. How do you KNOW the donations you are making are getting anywhere?

    Come on people. THINK.

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