Protesters share March on Wall Street South plans, topics

Protesters share March on Wall Street South plans, topics


by TONY BURBECK / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on August 29, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 3:30 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thousands of protesters are descending upon Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.

Some are already here and more are coming by the bus and carload, organizers say.  They expect thousands of people to take part in Sunday’s March on Wall Street South, but aren’t giving specific numbers.

Phyllis Jones lives in Charlotte and says she is out to make history a second time by taking part in Sunday's march.

Jones says the first time she helped make history was marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C. back in 1968.

Now at 72 years old, Jones won't walk the protest route from Frazier Park through uptown and back, but will be standing on the street, fighting for union organization and better wages.

"They can get a living wage so they won't have to go out and find two, three jobs to support their families,” Jones said.

Imani Henry will walk that route.

He's in Charlotte from Brooklyn, New York, helping organize Sunday's march. He's in his 40s and back in school because he says it's hard to find a job. He's also more than $60,000 in back-to-school debt.

"When I'm done, how am I going to pay this back and will I even have a job to pay it back,” Henry said.

The economy, jobs, health care, immigration, education, war, the environment, bank bailouts and home foreclosures are some of the March on Wall Street South protesters' biggest concerns.

Some of the signs you'll see them carrying around focus on human need over corporate greed.

"The people and the planet before profit,” said protest or Michael Zytkow.

Protesters say the goal of Sunday's protest is building a movement.

Nearly 50 years after Jones listened to Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, the key phrase in Charlotte during the DNC appears to be "enough is enough."

"When will we say enough is enough,” said protester Yen Alcala. “When will we say that these unemployment lines that continue to be full while the jobs continue to be non-existent.  When will we say that that needs to change?”

"Enough is enough. We need jobs, we need housing.  This is not an optional thing,” Henry said.

Organizers expect a peaceful protest and plan to have speak-out locations near Bank of America and Duke Energy.