Occupy march arrives in DC
After a grueling 230-mile march, a group of Occupy protesters arrived in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, finishing a journey that for some in the group began in New York City two weeks ago.
The marchers arrived at McPherson Square at approximately 3 p.m., finishing the last leg of their march that began in College Park, M.D., earlier on Tuesday.
Last week, when Politico visited the marchers in Wilmington, Del., the group consisted of about two dozens protesters - some were from the original group that began their journey in Zuccotti Park, while others had joined the team somewhere along the way. On Tuesday, about 50 marchers walked into the nation's capital.
The official purpose of the group was to arrive in Washington D.C., by Nov. 23 - the official deadline of the congressional super committee on deficit reduction to reach an agreement - to "protest retaining the Bush tax cuts for the rich." By Monday, the panel had already announced that its dozen members were unable to come to an agreement.
In a "General Assembly" meeting held Tuesday following the marchers' arrival at McPherson Square - the park in downtown D.C. that a group of protesters has been using as their home base since October - some of the Occupiers, joined by members of the press, held a discussion of upcoming events.
On Wednesday, the protesters plan to "canvas" all over the city to spread the message of the Occupy movement. Canvassing will present the opportunity to spread the word in "every ward in D.C.," one Occupier explained, as well as invite everyone in the city "to come and make [D.C.] their occupation." Politico