Thousands of people have arrived to Washington, DC, from across the country for a five-day long protest to demand the U.S. Congress to pass legislation aimed to reduce the nation's high unemployment rates, to guarantee better jobs and extend current unemployment benefits.
Photo by 99inDC
This organized protest is being called Take Back the Capitol and is organized by the local community organization Our DC, with the support of Occupy movements from other cities, as well as unions including SEIU and other community groups.
The protesters are meeting at the National Mall by the Smithsonian Metro Station, at what is called “The People’s Camp” (see photos here).
Last night I visited The People’s Camp. There were not many people yet as most protesters have arrived this morning. I saw a group of tents, public spaces and stages where the protesters were meeting for trainings, conferences, and open hall debates. There was also free food and other services provided.
This is the video I recorded last night:
Photos and video by Carlos A. Quiroz
Please consider joining these protests, everyone is welcomed. The official program includes:
Tuesday, December 6 – Take Back the People’s House. From the People’s Camp, we’ll form groups and fan out to congressional offices, remind members of Congress that the Capitol is the People’s House, and demand that they represent the 99%.
Wednesday, December 7- “Make Wall Street Pay.” We’ll swarm K Street, the lobbying center for the world’s most powerful corporations, and track down those responsible for crashing the economy and causing millions of 99%ers to lose their jobs and homes—while failing to pay their fair share of taxes.
Thursday, December 8 – Demand Justice for the 99%. The day’s events will include multiple speak-outs throughout the Capitol, a national prayer vigil with unemployed folks and faith leaders, a mass march on key congressional leaders, and a lively jubilee action
For more information, please visit the following links:
- Our DC.
- 99% in DC.
- Follow in Twitter the hashtags #99inDC and #TakeBacktheCapitol
- SEIU blog.
- Occupy DC.
- Our DC Flickr albums.
Update: these are videos posted by activists and citizens who participated at the lobby day in Congress on Wednesday December 7th, 2011: