October 11, 2011
Even though they were not part of the Occupy Wall St. Movement, three groups, Strong Economy for All, United for New York, and the Working Families Party used the momentum of the Movement to organize a march through the wealthiest areas of New York City, stopping in front of the million dollar homes of Rupert Murdoch, Howard Milstein, David Koch and others, protesting with giant checks for 5 billion dollars made out to all the 1%-that is the amount of money that the state of New York will lose if and when the tax on millionaires expires in December. Governor Cuomo (NY, D) opposes the calls from his party to renew the 2% tax on anyone making 250,000 or more because he is afraid that the rich will move out of the state.
At each stop the groups chanted “We are the 99%”, and “Where’s our bailout?”, and tried to present the giant checks to the moguls, even though none of them seemed to be home.
This did not dampen the spirits of the protesters, as the point was not to actually see the tycoons, most just wanted to show the power of going to the homes of the individuals who they say have “challenged democracy”.
To Mayor Bloomberg, some of the targets, like Jamie Dimon, did not make much sense. Mayor Bloomberg is reported saying that Dimon “has brought more business to this city than any other modern banker”.
While the police were out in force there were no arrests.