FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8/27/2012
Charlotte, NC — In less than a week, thousands of people from across the country will be organizing carpools, filling vans and buses to travel to Charlotte for the March on Wall Street South for jobs and justice. With a full week of actions slated to begin September 1, the main rally will begin at 11am on Sunday, September 2, at Frazier Park.
The march will step off at 1pm, and pass by the international headquarters of Bank of America, the eastern regional headquarters of Wells Fargo, the headquarters of Duke Energy, and the Time Warner Cable Arena and Bank of America Stadium where the Democratic National Convention will be held.
“Along the march, we’ll have two people’s speakouts in front of Bank of America and Duke Energy,” said Yen Alcala, an organizer with the Coalition to March on Wall Street South. “At these stops, people who have been directly impacted by these banks and corporations — who are having their homes foreclosed, who have thousands of dollars of student loan debt, who are having their communities destroyed by dirty energy practices, and who’s communities are targeted by the prison industrial complex — will speak out and put the banks on trial.”
Hundreds will march in issue-based contingents such as:
- The Unemployed Workers contingent
- “No Papers No Fear/Sin Papeles y Sin Miedo” Undocumented and Immigrants’ Rights contingent, organized by the Undocubus — a bus of more than 40 undocumented people who started their journey in Arizona and will end at the DNC in Charlotte
- a youth and student-led contingent calling for an end to budget cuts and tuition hikes, and to stop the school-to-prison-pipeline
- “Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer people are part of the 99%”contingent
- “Workers Rights are Human Rights! Organize the South” contingent, who will be organizing the Southern Workers Assembly on Labor Day
- “Housing is a Right! Moratorium on Foreclosures and Evictions!” contingent
Following the march, there will also be a short closing rally beginning at 4pm at Frazier Park.
“We are excited to welcome a number of prominent organizers, activists, and performers from throughout the South and the U.S. to join us at the March on Wall Street South,” said Phyllis Jones, a retiree working with the Coalition. “Just a few of the people who will speak from the main stage include in the March include Cindy Foster, president of the Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council, Yen Alcala of Occupy Charlotte, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, the Undocubus, Mary Espinosa from United 4 the Dream, Jaribu Hill of the Mississippi Workers Center, John Heuer with Veterans for Peace, Monica Embrey with Greenpeace, Marilyn Levin with the United National Antiwar Coalition, and Victor Toro with the May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant’s Rights, among many others.”