'Occupy the Highway': Group From OWS Planning March From NYC to D.C.

Last night at the inaugural OWS Spokes Council, a piece of paper was thrust into the Voice's hand. We opened it: "Occupy The Highway," it said. "OWS hits the road this Wednesday at noon! The Congressional Super Committee meets Nov. 23, we'll be there to protest the Bush tax cuts that only benefit the top 1%!"

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Turns out that a contingent from OWS is really planning to march all the way down to Washington D.C. this month. They're leaving tomorrow from Zuccotti, taking the ferry into New Jersey, and walking for two weeks solid. Per their blog:

We are taking action to fight for the 99%! Please join us if you are able. Whether for an hour, a day, or the full two weeks, we feel it's imperative for OWS to respect and participate in the historical significance of long distance marches to support, promote, and encourage economic and human equality. We will march on average 20 miles a day from 9am to 5pm (banker hours) and hold nightly GA's and/or discussions at 7pm in each town where we camp. We will be spending our two "days off" at Occupy Philly and Occupy Baltimore. We are also hoping that a few people from these occupations will join us in the march to the White House and Occupy DC.

We spoke with Jason Coniglione, an organizer of the march who will be handling its social media. He said that the march consists of 10-12 core people, though more are encouraged to join en route, and the idea's been floating around since week one of the occupation.

The group aims to put in a solid eight hours of walking per day, during business hours. "We'll be employed for two weeks in the business of walking," Coniglione said. In between bouts of marching, they'll try to hold GAs in the towns where they stop.

Coniglione said the group is prepared to camp out if they need to, though they're also working on arrangements in the towns they'll be passing through. The group obtained $3,000 from the Occupy Wall Street General Assembly and they're using it for medical expenses, warm clothes and supplies -- and bus tickets for the trip back.

[rgray@villagevoice.com] [@_rosiegray]

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Sandymellen
Sandymellen

Truth is like a magnet it only attract more truth we will win....

StanChaz
StanChaz

America used to work The people had work. The system worked. It was far, far, from perfect - but at least we all had some share in the struggles AND the rewards. But somewhere along the way, we lost our way. And now we have an economy and a political system that works only for the rich. We need to get back to what America was, and what it should be, and what it can be.  Occupy Wall Street is no longer just  a place called  Zuccotti Park ---  Zuccotti Park is everywhere. You can try to pen us in, you can beat us and arrest us, you can mace and tear-gas us , and you can try to "permit" us to death....but you can't kill an idea.  You can't keep down people’s hopes and dreams for a better life.....a life with dignity and freedom....for us... for our  kids. More power to Occupy Wall Street, as it spreads to every town and city  - because  OWS is us, and for us, and by us. With OWS America has found it’s voice, and it demands fairness and justice. This land IS our land! And we want it back! We want our lives back! We want our future back!

ChellSpecker
ChellSpecker

Would've helped if they'd spelled "committee" correctly.

Abc
Abc

Occupy this, occupy that, nobodyseems to know where it’s at. Let’s all stand in the streets & protest,like, the government, yo.

You wanna protest something?Protest the bailouts. How many billions ($2,000,000,000+) has the U.S.government thrown at Wall Street/General Motors/Chrysler? And for what? Suckingat business?!? Last I checked, if you open a business, and can’t design aproduct worth buying, you go out ofbusiness. When did the federal government start throwing money at people who can’tmake money (excluding welfare)? IfMcDonald’s can’t sell a sandwich, McDonald’s either A. lowers the prices, or B.tries a different sandwich! If GM claims that the people of the United Statescan’t afford to buy their cars, well then lower the prices genius!!! Why shouldI give you a single penny if you don’t even have a bare bones understanding ofthe fundamentals of supply & demand?! If you can’t design a car that peoplehave any desire to pay for, than what business is it of yours designing cars atall?! Do scientists pack more research per hour into every hour based on theamount of money they make?! NO! Do designers make more appealing designs basedon the amount of money they make? NO! If you can’t design a car worth buying ata price worth paying, then you have no business designing & selling cars. Endof story! Was the president walking along & saw the CEO of General Motorssitting on the side of the street, begging for change? I doubt it!!! So thenwhy is the president of the Unites States investing in a failing business?!?The last I checked, if you own a successful business it’s because

number 1. You started that businesswith a plan!

& number 2. You invested your time & your money into thatbusiness!!!

If General Motors is failing, & the CEO has faith thatit will succeed in the future thanks to obviously necessary ‘change’, then itis the CEO’s responsibility/ duty & the CEO’s problem! What I’m saying is,whichever one of you idiots is wanting General Motors to succeed so bad shouldinvest your own money into it, justlike every other American business owner!!! They’ve gone through 5 (count ‘em,five) CEO’s in the past 2 years. Pathetic. DO NOT BUY GM!!! Apparently theycan’t design anything worth buying anyhow & don’t know when to lower the priceon a piece of crap! SAME GOES FOR CHRYSLER!!!

And hey Mr. President!!! If the people of the United Statescan’t afford to buy badly designed cars maybe you should give billions ofdollars to the American people! Then they would pay more money for inadequatelydesigned crapola!!!

DO NOT EVEN THINK OF ASKING ME ABOUT WALL STREET!!!

Nick
Nick

Mercy ran out after their actions resulted in injuring two old ladies and they didn't report rapes. 

ordman
ordman

Question posed by FAREED ZAKARIA: I’ve been thinking about Occupy Wall Street, which is now occupying a number of other cities in America, and wondering what is it really about? 

Answer: A free lunch.

Kinky Munkey
Kinky Munkey

Old lady being pushed down the stairs was staged- other videos show her being carried down by a guy in a suit and laid on the ground.  

Wspsaves
Wspsaves

What are your sources for this. Also, are you seriously holding the millions of people involved in this responsible for the behavior of rapists? It is about a free lunch, and that's a microcosm of what it is REALLY about, which is creating a horizontal direct democratic process, a counter-institution if you will, to the currently paralyzed representative democracy we have which simply functions as an extension of the power culture and the economic oligarchy that drains the energies and efforts of people throughout the world in the interest of consolidating wealth but, moreover, power, in the hands of a select few. Does no one read world history anymore? What planet do you people live on, jeez

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