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Why Sharpton Is Marching

By: Liz Benjamin, Capital Tonight


Today is May 12, which means there will be a big crowd of protestors converging on Wall Street to decry corporate tax breaks and wealthy bankers who, as the left puts it, “do not pay their fair share” in taxes, while middle-class families are taking a hit in the budget proposed by NYC Mayor Bloomberg. As the WFP’s Bill Lipton wrote in an email to supporters last night:

“The middle class is being squeezed out of existence by corporate tax breaks – this is the economic injustice of our time. Social programs that help the poor and elderly are being slashed, and thousands of teachers are getting laid off all around the state.” “Enough is enough. We need to bring a little bit of Wisconsin to Wall Street. It’s time to show the politicians and CEOs that we won’t go down without a fight.”

Organizers of this union-backed event have posted a series of videos on-line that feature participants explaining why they’re marching today. The current featured video on the site is the Rev. Al Sharpton, who says “working class people have become the sacrificial lamb of the wealthy, who manipulate the government; I march because we must stand up; I march because we must fight back.”