Local Residents to Create Burma-Shave-style Message on Busy Bridge at Rush Hour, Demand Washington Focus on Jobs, Make Wall Street Pay Fair Share
“We Are the 99%!” Day Of Action in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street
Protest Thursday, 4:30 at 1 Hendersonville Road
Just days after Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to silence the voices of Occupy Wall Street in New York, members of the American Dream Movement will join a nationwide day of action this Thursday called “We Are the 99%!” and rally at 1 Hendersonville Road to demand that politicians in Washington focus on creating jobs and making millionaires on Wall Street pay their fair share. The “We Are the 99%!” day of action is being organized in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protests taking place across the country.
Events are being held at crumbling bridges, understaffed schools, and other sites that show the local symptoms of a failed economy. Protesters are also targeting members of the congressional “super committee” to increase pressure on the committee to focus on making millionaires pay their fair share, rather than on job-killing cuts that will hurt working families. The protests are timed just six days before the committee’s deadline to submit a debt reduction proposal to Congress.
“We’re going to demand that politicians in Washington stand up for the 99% and stop their assault on the American Dream,” said Randy Bernard, a local MoveOn member. “The big banks and corporations are reaping the benefits of an economy that works only for the 1%, while the rest of us have been left behind. It’s time for Congress to start fighting for an economy that works for all of us, not just the millionaires on Wall Street.”
The rally will take place on Thursday, November 17, shortly after 4:30 at 1 Hendersonville Road, where attendees will line the bridge over the Swannanoa River at rush hour. They’ll create a Burma-Shave-style sign show urging drivers to tell Congress that it’s time to create jobs, not more cuts, for Americans most affected by the economic downturn. The event is being organized by the new American Dream Movement. The American Dream Movement is a growing movement inspired by protests in Wisconsin and fueled by the brutal right-wing attacks on the middle class and the poor. The American Dream Movement is made up of millions of ordinary Americans, along with dozens of leading grassroots organizations, fighting together for good jobs for all Americans, securing a future for our children and our communities, and finally making corporations and the super-rich pay their fair share in taxes.