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NEW YORK Oct 5 Labor unions including nurses
and transit workers planned to join a an anti-Wall Street march
on Wednesday through New York's financial district, and some
college students walked out of classes in solidarity with the
growing protest movement.
The American Federation of State County and Municipal
Employees, Communications Workers of America and the
Amalgamated Transit Union said they would be joining the
protesters voicing discontent and anger over high unemployment,
home foreclosures and the 2008 corporate bailouts.
The nation's largest union of nurses, National Nurses
United, also said it would take part in the New York march, set
for late afternoon in downtown Manhattan.
Students on college campuses added their voices, with
walkouts scheduled on Wednesday at some 75 universities across
"We stand in solidarity with those protesting Wall Street's
greed," said Gerald McEntee, president of the 1.6
million-member AFSCME union, in a statement. "The economy that
has wrecked so many lives, obliterated jobs, and left millions
of Americans homeless and hopeless is the fault of banks that
gamble with our future."
The protests began in New York on Sept 17 and have spread to
Los Angeles, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Tampa, St. Louis and
other cities across the nation. A protest in planned in
Washington on Thursday. In New York, more than 700 people were
arrested on Saturday when demonstrators blocked traffic lanes
on the Brooklyn Bridge while attempting an unauthorized march.
Nurses in Boston planned to rally in support of the Occupy
Boston protest on Wednesday, according to the Massachusetts
Nurses Association website. Boston protesters have set up a
makeshift camp in the financial district, with tents pitched
across from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston building.
Retired teacher Frank Mello, 69, said he joined the Boston
movement to "demonstrate that we are stronger when we are
united and Wall Street is as powerful as we allow them to be."
In Chicago, where dozens of protesters have gathered at the
heart of the financial district every day, banging drums and
holding up signs, office worker Tom McClurg, 52, said onWednesday was the first day he had joined the group.
"I'm hoping it's going to raise awareness here of people's
opposition to domination by financial interest of their elected
representatives," he said, adding, "I think there are a million
times more people not here who are sympathetic."
The New York protests have grown bolder since they started.
While the demonstrations have been largely peaceful, there have
been occasional scuffles and some protesters have challenged
Camped out in Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan, the New
York protesters have sometimes been dismissed by Wall Street
passersby or cast in the mainstream media as naive students and
mischief makers without realistic goals. Members of the group
have vowed to stay through the winter.
(Additional reporting by Lauren Keiper in Boston and Mary
Wisniewski in Chicago; Editing by Greg McCune and Cynthia