ThinkProgress filed this report from the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City.
Yesterday, well over 10,000 people in New York City marched in support of a group of around a thousand people occupying Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in order to protest economic inequality.
Today, hundreds of people remain encamped at Zuccotti Park. ThinkProgress spoke to one of them, an electrician and International Brotherhood of Electric Workers (IBEW) union Local 103 member named Bob Broadhurst Broadhurst came to join the occupation early last week, when almost no unions had yet endorsed the demonstrations. He explained that he was “fed up” with the political and financial systems. He noted that since then most major unions have backed the demonstrations.
He said he’d like to see the Glass-Steagall Act re-instated, which would separate commercial and investment banking. When ThinkProgress asked him about how the rich were able to get away with paying less and less in taxes, he noted that this was another reason he’s protesting and that taxes on the rich were much higher under Republican presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan. Watch the interview with Broadhurst :
Since the start of the protests — which were led primarily by students and younger Americans — the nation’s unions have slowly come to support their cause. Ranging from the Writers Guild East to the National Nurses United to the SEIU, organized labor has taken up the cause of holding corporate America accountable and standing up for the 99 percent of Americans who are getting less and less out of the economy as the richest one percent get more.
Broadhurst described the union and wider American support for the students in Zuccotti Park as an “arrow” formation. He said the students occupying the Financial District are the tip of the arrow, but that the protests around the country among a wide section of Americans forms the base — a base that has been drawn by the power of their cause.