The protesters embarked on the 231-mile-trek with a $3,000 check from Occupy Wall Street. But the marchers soon found they didn’t need the money, as they received donations of food and cash, cigarettes and deodorant from local residents and passersby. Occupy movements also sprang up or grew larger in their wake in places such as New Brunswick and Trenton, N.J.
While some of the original 21 marchers dropped out because of missing toenails, shin splints or fevers, new marchers have since joined, so that more than twice as many protesters will arrive in Washington Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the Occupiers intend to hold a “day of action,” to shut down part of the city in protest of the failure by 12 lawmakers to reach a deal that would ease the tax burden on the “99 percent.”
How many dropped out, how many joined, and where did they join?
But wait! There’s more!
A group of Occupy Wall Street protesters have spent the last two weeks marching 230 miles from New York City to the nation’s capitol. A blast “action alert” emailed this morning describes their plans upon arrival in Washington, DC:
Together we will march to McPherson Square where they will hold a press conference at noon, followed by a General Assembly afterwards to discuss the planned actions. Shortly after, they will march to the Capitol to bring the message of the 99% directly to the Super Committee.
One small problem — the “super committee” has already declared failure and gone home. And the House and Senate adjourned last Friday.
For $3000 they could have chartered a bus, rode in comfort, and arrived in time to
harass mic check the super committee.
All is not lost. They can spend Thanksgiving shining the batsignal on the Washington Monument. That’ll show Congress!