The Long March to Nowhere

Posted by on Nov 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

The epic march to Washington now numbers in the dozens. They’re an unstoppable force.

Waving both a tie-dye peace flag and an United States flag, replete with corporate logos instead of stars, approximately 40 Occupy movement protesters made their way down Route 40 through Harford County late Friday morning.

The group, calling itself Occupy the Highway: The 99% March on Washington, spent Thursday night in Havre de Grace and planned to spend the bulk of Friday walking the 15-17 miles along Route 40 from Havre de Grace to Joppatowne, along with three police escorts.

The march started in New York on Nov. 9 and is scheduled to be in Washington D.C. by Nov. 23, when Congress is expected to consider legislation that would extend tax cuts approved in the Bush administration.

For Paolo Marco, 24, one of the members of the group, the legislation is just one of the reasons the Occupy movement, and the two-week march, are important to him. Joining the Occupy movement, he said, is a chance for him to stand against the “wrong” politics of today, the “horrible” profiting from New York to Washington D.C. and the “horrid” foreign policy.

As Marco pointed out, however, the Occupy movement is not about one agenda or one person, rather it’s a group of individuals with different perspectives and beliefs. The walk to Washington, in addition to the timeliness of the Congressional legislation, is also about outreach.

“We’re just trying to wake up people in this country,” he said during a stop in Aberdeen.

The Occupy movement is not made up of “jobless hippies,” Marco emphasized, adding that he is currently transferring from a New York university to a better arts college to continue his pursuit of an architectural degree.

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