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'Occupy the Highway': Group From OWS Planning March From NYC to D.C.

Last night at the inaugural OWS Spokes Council, a piece of paper was thrust into the Voice's hand. We opened it: "Occupy The Highway," it said. "OWS hits the road this Wednesday at noon! The Congressional Super Committee meets Nov. 23, we'll be there to protest the Bush tax cuts that only benefit the top 1%!"

'Occupy the Highway': Group From OWS Planning March From NYC to D.C.

Turns out that a contingent from OWS is really planning to march all the way down to Washington D.C. this month. They're leaving tomorrow from Zuccotti, taking the ferry into New Jersey, and walking for two weeks solid. Per their blog:

We are taking action to fight for the 99%! Please join us if you are able. Whether for an hour, a day, or the full two weeks, we feel it's imperative for OWS to respect and participate in the historical significance of long distance marches to support, promote, and encourage economic and human equality. We will march on average 20 miles a day from 9am to 5pm (banker hours) and hold nightly GA's and/or discussions at 7pm in each town where we camp. We will be spending our two "days off" at Occupy Philly and Occupy Baltimore. We are also hoping that a few people from these occupations will join us in the march to the White House and Occupy DC.

We spoke with Jason Coniglione, an organizer of the march who will be handling its social media. He said that the march consists of 10-12 core people, though more are encouraged to join en route, and the idea's been floating around since week one of the occupation.

The group aims to put in a solid eight hours of walking per day, during business hours. "We'll be employed for two weeks in the business of walking," Coniglione said. In between bouts of marching, they'll try to hold GAs in the towns where they stop.

Coniglione said the group is prepared to camp out if they need to, though they're also working on arrangements in the towns they'll be passing through. The group obtained $3,000 from the Occupy Wall Street General Assembly and they're using it for medical expenses, warm clothes and supplies -- and bus tickets for the trip back.

[rgray@villagevoice.com] [@_rosiegray]

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