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 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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Comments (40)
  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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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