Protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement have embarked on a march to Washington, D.C., to protest the potential extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, among other policies.
Two dozen New York protesters left the Occupy Wall Street main encampment in Lower Manhattan to march on Washington early Wednesday morning.
The march is designed to allow the protesters to voice their wish to see an end to the Bush-era tax cuts that granted benefits to high-income earners and corporations. The issue is one of many being discussed by the congressional deficit reduction supercommittee, which is supposed to report by Nov. 23.
"On November 23rd, the Congressional Deficit Reduction Super-Committee will meet to decide on whether or not to keep Obama's extension to the Bush tax-cuts - which only benefit the richest 1 per cent of Americans in any kind of significant way," read the Occupy Wall Street statement.
"Luckily, a group of OWS'ers are embarking on a two-week march from Liberty Plaza to the Whitehouse [sic] to let the committee know what the 99% think about these cuts. Join the march to make sure these tax cuts for the richest 1% of Americans are allowed to die!"
The Bush tax cuts for all income levels are due to expire at the end of 2012 if not renewed.
The march will see the protesters walk solidly during the "banker hours" of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In its statement the group confirmed it would be stopping at several locations along the way, looking to bolster its numbers and connect with other cities' Occupy movements.
"We will be in DC by Nov 23 for the Congressional Super Committee meeting. This committee has the power to keep the Bush tax cuts (that only beneﬁt the top 1%) or let them expire. We want to be there to ﬁght for the 99%! We will also be connecting with Occupy Philly and Occupy Baltimore along the route, and, of course, Occupy DC!"
A full map of the protesters' path can be found on Occupy Wall Street's Web site.
The march is a part of the ongoing Occupy series of protests sweeping the globe. The campaign began with the opening Occupy Wall Street protest in September. Following the initial protest a number of other Occupy movements have sprung up in numerous cities across the globe, including London.
The protests are all formed from numerous groups each with their own beliefs and qualms with the current global and economic system. The only prominent shared value among all the groups is the common "we are the 99 per cent" catch phrase, which refers to the joint belief that current global economic and political system only benefits the top 1 per cent.