It is with great enthusiasm that we announce that the Coalition to Protest at the DNC is changing its name to the Coalition to March on Wall Street South — Building People’s Power during the DNC. This decision was made unanimously by the steering committee of the coalition, made up of representatives from more than 60 organizations.
The growth of the Occupy Wall Street movement shifted the national dialog and shone a spotlight on the power of the banks, corporations, and the 1% in controlling the political process in this country. The policies that come out of Washington and our state capitols show this as clear as day. Neither of the two corporate parties, not the Democrats nor the Republicans, have addressed the dire situation faced by so many working people and families in this country. That’s why we believe that we must build people’s power from below to place demands on the system and struggle for the things we need — good jobs, education, housing, health care, and food. It’s clear that an independent people’s movement is needed because both parties serve and protect the interests of the banks, corporations, and the 1%.
Charlotte, NC is the Wall Street of the South, home to the world headquarters of Bank of America and the eastern headquarters of Wells Fargo. These two represent the worst, most notorious, and racist banks – for their role in driving the economic crisis, mass unemployment, home foreclosures, the prison industrial complex, including privatized
As the DNC meets in Charlotte, we will challenge the power of the banks over our political process. We will use this opportunity when a national and international spotlight will be on North Carolina and the South, to raise up people’s demands for jobs, justice, and dignity and bring our grievances directly to the doors of one of the two major national parties and the big banks.
People across this country are fed up with business as usual. With every bank bailout, every budget cut, and every dollar dumped into the Pentagon and wars abroad, rather than spending the vast wealth of this country on people’s needs, the realities of who this system and the two parties serve becomes clearer everyday.
We will hold a mass March on Wall Street South on Sunday, September 2 in Charlotte. Other actions and activities will take place throughout the week to raise up the many struggles for justice being waged by communities across the country. See you in the streets of Charlotte in September!
The Coalition to March on Wall Street South — Building Peoples Power During the DNC
May 4, 2012