Occupy Baltimore wants to hit corporations at home
Occupy Wall Street, the group of protestors who claim U.S. corporations are monopolizing money and believe the nation’s financial system will collapse in its current state, have begun a new tactic that may rub off on other Occupy groups, including Occupy Baltimore.
On Tuesday, approximately 500 anti-Wall Street protestors marched past the homes of some of the richest executives in the country, chanting that the wealthy need to pay more taxes and expressing the unfairness of the current financial situation.
Towson senior anthropology and Latin studies major Tim Fadden attended some of the Occupy Wall Street protests and is now focusing his attention on Occupy Baltimore. Fadden said participants of Occupy Baltimore won’t be able to mimic Occupy Wall Street’s new means of protest because Baltimore isn’t a city filled with millionaires.
But protesters can still target large financial corporations, according to Fadden.
“[People] will see us camped out in front of the three or four biggest banks in the United States at the cross of Light and Baltimore Streets. All the banks stand within range of each other,” he said. “We want to be a presence and a physical space for more people to see what participatory democracy looks like. It’s a great way to educate people while bringing attention to the matter at hand.
The local forecast calls for showers within the coming days, and Fadden said that this will be an opportunity for protestors to show they’re in this for the long haul.
“There’s rain coming up. This’ll be a chance to show how Occupy Baltimore responds to the weather, and I think they’ll respond to it well,” he said. ”The commitment is much larger than you think. We’re all just that committed.”