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2,500 March on Wall Street South: We Need Jobs, Housing, Justice, Not War!

Posted 11 years ago on Sept. 4, 2012, 2:36 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: students, immigrants rights, labor, anti-war, dnc, foreclosure defense, wall street south, charlotte

2,500 March on Wall St. South

"DNC/RNC = 1%"

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via Occupy Wall Street South:

Braving extreme heat, more than 2,500 people from throughout the South and across the U.S. filled the streets of Charlotte on Sun., Sept. 2 for the March on Wall Street South. The demonstration confronted the banks and corporations headquartered in Charlotte that are wreaking havoc on communities throughout the country, and raised a people’s agenda for jobs and justice as the Democratic National Convention convenes here.

Participants came from cities throughout North Carolina, including Winston-Salem, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, Rocky Mount, Greenville, Asheville, Fayetteville, Greensboro, and Wilmington. Many traveled hours from cities such as Baltimore, MD; Atlanta, GA; Greenville, MS; Washington, DC; Tampa, FL; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY. A bus of more than 40 people, many of whom being foreclosed on by Bank of America and who are unemployed, spent 15 hours traveling from Detroit, MI.

The No Papers No Fear bus, which left Phoenix, AZ on July 29 with more than 40 undocumented people to arrive in Charlotte for the DNC, also joined the march with a spirited contingent against the deportations and criminalization of immigrant communities.

Also on the march were an unemployed workers contingent, a Southern labor contingent, a contingent against U.S. wars being waged at home and abroad, a no war no warming contingent, an LGBTQ contingent, and more.

“This was an historic demonstration that built an unprecedented level of unity between so many different groups and struggles on a grassroots level,” said Yen Alcala, an organizer with the Coalition to March on Wall Street South and Occupy Charlotte. “The March on Wall Street South showed what is possible when we unite, and pointed the finger at those who are responsible for the injustices being experienced by the 99% – the banks and corporations, and a political system that is controlled by the 1%. Building people’s power from the bottom up is the only solution to win jobs and justice for poor and working people.”

Along the march, demonstrators stopped in front of the Bank of America’s world headquarters and Duke Energy’s headquarters. At each stop, people who have been directly impacted by the practices of these banks and corporations –whose homes are being foreclosed on, who have massive amounts of student loan debt, and whose communities are being devastated by coal mining and energy rate hikes — spoke out and exposed these profit gauging institutions.

“The March on Wall Street South was a tremendous success,” said Elena Everett, another Coalition organizer. “Our message for jobs and justice was heard loud and clear by the bankers and the politicians of both parties. But this is just the beginning. We know that the only way that real change has ever been won is when people come together, get organized, and build social movements to raise demands to the powers that be. And that’s exactly what we’re doing — building a movement for jobs, education, healthcare, the environment, housing, and against wars, racism and bigotry, deportations, and jails.”

Throughout the remainder of the week, the MOWSS coalition will be supporting actions and events being developed by other groups, including the Undocubus and the Southern Workers Assembly on Sept. 3 at Wedgewood Baptist Church. The Coalition will also be mobilizing support for the reoccupation of Marshall Park being led by Occupy Charlotte.

"People Power Now!"

"It's Time to Build People's Power!"

"Oppose Corporate Politics!"

"Undocumented. Unafraid."

"Building People's Power During the DC"

"No Papers No Fear"

No Papers No Fear Bus

"Immigrant Rights are Human Rights!"

"Familias Unidas!"

"Harvest Hope not Hate!"

"Brown Is Not a Crime!"

"Hasta La Victoria"

"Rank and File Democracy in Action"

"Save Our Post Office!"

"Stonewall Warriors"

"No Fear" "Occupy Wall St"

"Students for a Democratic Society"

"99ers Against War and Sanctions on Iran & Syria"

"Bankrupting America"

"Bank of America Funds Coal Pollution"

"Fight Capitalist Rule!"

"Stop Police Brutality! Jobs and Rec Centers Now!"

"President Obama: Issue an Executive Order for a 2 Year Moratorium on Foreclosures and Evictions"

"Bail Out People Not Banks!"

"Free the Cuban 5! End the U.S. Blockade on Cuba NOW!"



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[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Vote out anti jobs bills politicians, And Protest, pressure, & agitate for progressive change.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Vote out anti jobs bills politicians, And Protest, pressure, & agitate for progressive change.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Jobs! Now.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Vote out anti jobs bills politicians, And Protest, pressure, & agitate for progressive change..

[-] 1 points by BearDickinson (125) from Ewing, VA 11 years ago

NLG Charlotte Hotline will go live on Saturday, September 1st (704) 372-4200 http://www.nlg.org/rnc-and-dnc

[-] 1 points by JohnSteinsvold (4) 11 years ago

An Alternative to Capitalism (since we cannot legislate morality)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative". She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: "Home of the Brave?" which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:


John Steinsvold

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."~ Albert Einstein

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Vote out anti Jobs bills politicians! Then change our economic system!

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

vote out anti jobs bills polls

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Vote out anti jobs bills pols

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Jobs not bombs

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (5843) 11 years ago


[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

I suppose that it is kinda late now - but I thought if you could you might want to share some letters of protest/chastisement that I have sent to the President and also shared out on social media. leaflets for the general public - fuel for each other - material for protest at the DNC.

Anyway it is yours to use if you want it.

OPEN LETTERS To The Fed. Gov. & The People :



















[-] 0 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 11 years ago

Beautiful protest.

I didn't see any news coverage on this.

Red Alert: Bank of America funds Coal Pollution... and the Federal Reserve gave them a trillion dollars.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 11 years ago

no idea

the 2 party conventions were colorless and made no point