Protesters March Against Wall Street, Budget Cuts In Lower Manhattan

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Protesters took to the streets of Lower Manhattan Thursday afternoon to denounce deep city budget cuts and demand higher taxes for Wall Street companies.

There were nine separate gatherings — all of which sought to blow the whistle on what they said were tax breaks for the wealthy.

“People are suffering, the middle-class is suffering while the billionaires are just becoming richer and richer,” a teacher named “Nancy” told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones Speaks With Protesters In Lower Manhattan

Another protester, named “Josh,” expressed similar sentiments, saying the budget cuts likely axing about 6,000 teachers will be devastating.

“The profession of teaching is basically being destroyed in the classroom, in school buildings all over New York City,” he said.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg argued that the protesters should really be marching in Albany. He said sharp cuts in state aid left him no choice but to cut thousands of teachers.

Among the speakers at the protest were Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, and City Councilman Charles Barron.

“When Wall Street has recovered, shared responsibility means shared responsibility,” Weingarten said.

“If they don’t do us right, we’re going to shut this city down. Shut it down. Shut it down,” Barron said.

Thursday’s protest followed a City Hall gathering on Wednesday in which parents, children, teachers and union leaders lashed out at Bloomberg’s proposed education budget cuts.

“Tell Mayor Bloomberg if he messes with our children, the next demonstration is going to be at his house,” Barron said Wednesday.

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  • pattifdez

    THERE IS A REVOLUTION GOING ON IN SPAIN AND 700 DIFFERENT CITIES ALL AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE SAME ARGUMENTS AS THIS ONE! please could you tell me who organized this demonstration so I can contact them. tahnk you

  • pugphan

    The lottery is supposed to be for education, right? It generates a lot of money. So why are these monies not going directly to education. Perhaps teachers should take this to court, to demand that money be used exclusively for education.

  • jenny

    bloombergs horrible and destroying the great city of ny. His legacy is he ruined the city. How them bike lanes mike???


    Charles barren must go!!!!!

  • mario asaro

    I was there and agree

    • PAUL

      Agree. Saying there were “hundreds” there misrepresents reality and suggests that there is a political agenda at work that is not being disclosed.

      That ain’t “news”.

  • Leo Hoenig

    My wife and I attended today’s rally and march with our union, the United Federation of Teachers. Later, at 11 pm I watched your meager coverage on Channel 2 News in which you reported that HUNDREDS of demonstrators participated. I have been to many, many rallies over the past 50 years and I can tell you with certainty that your reporters are either biased, inaccurate or both. My observations indicated tens of thousands partiipated and Water Street, where the marchers eventually came to, was completely filled. I think a correction tomorrow evening is in order if you expect me to believe what you report.

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