Occupy Wall Street protesters march around Zuccotti Park on Nov. 7, 2011, in New York. Elected officials, labor leaders and other protesters started walking in Washington Heights to show solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. / AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
NEW YORK - Occupy Wall Street is going on the road: a two-week walk to Washington D.C.
A small group of activists plans to leave Manhattan's Zuccotti Park at noon Wednesday. They hope to arrive in Washington D.C. on Nov. 23, the deadline for a congressional committee to decide whether to keep President Barack Obama's extension of tax cuts enacted under former President George W. Bush. Protesters say the cuts benefit only rich Americans.
Kelly Brannon is organizing the 240-mile march with a dozen others. They hope to pick up supporters along the way. They liken the effort long-distance walks led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights era.
They say they'll overnight by camping or at volunteered accommodations.
On Tuesday, a shorter Occupy Wall Street 11-mile march that spanned almost the length of Manhattan was led by New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and State Senator Adriano Espaillat. According to the New York Observer's Politicker blog, about 400 people joined the walk.
Meanwhile, protesters back at Zuccotti Park are preparing for winter with military tents. Organizers started putting up the temporary shelters on Tuesday, and hope to erect about 27 tents, which will serve multiple purposes including women's shelters and emergency medical centers. The $25,000 total cost was paid for by donations to the Occupy Wall Street group. The park doesn't allow tents, but so far that rule has not been enforced. According to CBS station WCBS, protesters have also been prepping the ground by placing wooden pallets and covering them with foam insulation board.
Before winter sets in, Occupy Wall Street participants have live music from David Crosby and Graham Nash to enjoy. The two artists will play at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday, according to the official Occupy Wall Street website. WCBS reported that Crosby has been sympathetic ot the Occupy cause and was seen at Zuccotti Park last Friday.