Daily Archives: November 5, 2011

OWS hits the Road!

A line drawing of the route: total milage is 240

Hey everyone! A group of us here at OWS are going to be occupying the highway soon enough. We are planning a two week march from Liberty Square in NYC to McPherson Square at Occupy DC! Tentatively, we are leaving this Wednesday Nov 9 at noon. We will be marching down to the ferry and heading over to NJ.

The plan is to make it to DC on November 23 for the Congressional Super Committee meeting which will be deciding whether the Bush tax cuts to the top 1% will stay or go. We want these cuts gone! 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 are unsponsored, which means we will not have support vehicles or much funding. We are collecting what donations we can so if you’d like to contribute please send us an email: owsmarch2dc@yahoo.com

Additionally, we hope to, as much as possible, coordinate with OWS and other occupations on planned actions, specifically on Nov 11 and Nov 17. We can do a lot from the road! Additionally, It would be beneficial if a medic(s) and a drummer(s) could join us! Although our preparations will include a crash course with the medical team so we can be prepared for the unexpected as we will be marching unsponsored. Lastly, due to the nature of this march, it is important that each participant understand their personal health and physical condition and feel comfortable walking this distance without a support vehicle. We are unsponsored and have extremely limited funding. Please bring as much of your own supplies as possible.¬†We are also collecting what donations we can so if you’d like to contribute this way please send us an email: owsmarch2dc@yahoo.com

After Nov 23 marchers can do what ever they choose: stay in DC, return to OWS, or plan another march to further occupied cities. Hopefully, we will have a little bit of money to provide people with transportation expenses. This march is to take OWS on the road using nothing more than our feet to spread the word along highways and rural communities. Some of us walking have been at OWS since the beginning and others have joined OWS in the last few weeks. We have all gathered a variety of skills and knowledge that we can share with other occupations if needed.

We are formally inviting all of you to join this march. If you cannot march please help to send us off this Wednesday at noon. We will be taking the Staten Island Ferry just south of the square.

More details coming soon!