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99% Protesters Take To Columbus’ East Broad Street
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Protestors in Columbus helped mark the 2nd month of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations around the country Thursday afternoon. More than a hundred people gathered on an Interstate overpass on East Broad Street to demonstrate their views.
A crowd of about 50 marchers left the First Congregational Church on East Broad Street just before rush hour.
â€œWe are the 99 percent!â€
The demonstration was organized by the political group Progress Ohio. The group has declared an economic emergency for the 99 percent of Americans who they say do not belong to the wealthy one percent.
â€œThere are proposals to create jobs out there; they just arenâ€™t getting passed by this Congress.â€
Bret Thompson, policy director for Progress Ohio, called on Congress to put people back to work.
â€œReally thereâ€™s been no action in Congress on the jobs bill,â€ Thompson says. â€œThereâ€™s been several proposals to create jobs and infrastructure in the state, we just havenâ€™t seen any results and there are a lot of people who could do this work and want to earn their living. And we want to make sure that Congress knows and Senator Rob Portman, heâ€™s voted against these measures, know that thereâ€™s a lot of people that want jobs and thereâ€™s a lot of work that needs to be done.â€
Marcher John Reat says heâ€™s been unemployed for 23 months.
â€œI just donâ€™t think itâ€™s right; I think that the country needs to do something â€¦ if we donâ€™t do anything the gapâ€™s only going to get wider between the rich and the poor. And I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s a good prescription for the United Statesâ€™ future,â€ Reat says.
Once marchers got to the bridge, they were met by dozens of other demonstrators voicing other concerns.
â€œYou know these banks? Itâ€™s a bunch of crap. I canâ€™t stand it anymore.â€
Jennie Horbol railed against bank foreclosures, big government and the Federal Reserve.
â€œI would like the banks to quit foreclosing on peopleâ€™s homes in the middle of winter and I want to see less government,â€ Horbol says. â€œAnd end the Fed!â€