"Meet The 99 Percent: Wall Street Protester Says ‘There’s Nothing Dangerous’ About Battling Corporate America"
ThinkProgress filed this report from the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City.
Today, thousands of Americans will protest against corporate greed and economic inequality in the streets of New York City and in towns small and large nationwide. These demonstrations, organized around the principle that 1 percent of Americans have accumulated 40 percent of the nation’s wealth and the bottom 99 are continuing to have less and less, have drawn rebuke from right-wing politicians like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), who called the protests “dangerous.”
Today, while attending the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City, ThinkProgress spoke to one of the demonstrators about why he is there. George Addison is an organizer with New York Communities of Change, and said he came here today to battle growing income inequality. He said he knew President Obama was elected to bring change and that it was time for people to start speaking out to affect that change. ThinkProgress asked Addison what he thought about Romney calling such social action “dangerous.”
Addison responded by saying there’s “nothing dangerous” about protesting America’s economic conditions and pointed out that the country was built on a foundation of citizens speaking out. He added that it was time for Americans to start fighting back against banks making “record profits” and paying zero in taxes:
THINKPROGRESS: A lot of the media, particularly the conservative media, are saying that you all are extremists, that you are anti-capitalism. Mitt Romney said it’s dangerous what you all are doing, it’s class warfare. How do you respond to all that?
ADDISON: There’s nothing dangerous about all this. This is what this country was built on. Grassroots principles. When you have an issue, things are not going right, you bring it to the people, you build a movement, and you move it forward. We’ve got so many different organizations coming here today to make one loud voice and let corporate America know that we’re not going to stand by and continue let banks made record profits and pay zero in taxes. Folks are losing their homes across the country, you know, and the banks and CEOs are giving themselves record bonuses, OK? It’s time to fight back.
The Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are going to join with some of the city’s largest labor unions and social organizations for a mass march later today.