‘Occupy Boston’ Plans March For Jobs
BOSTON — The “Occupy Boston” movement continues to grow and on Monday demonstrators will focus on job creation.
Hundreds are expected to take part in the march, from Dewey Square to the Charlestown bridge, in support of President Obama’s jobs bill. Students from 10 area colleges are planning to join the march through downtown Boston. The protesters plan to gather Monday at 1:30 p.m. on Boston Common.
Organizers say the jobs bill in Washington would free up desperately needed funds to fix the country’s roads and bridges deemed structurally deficient — which includes the Charlestown bridge. If passed, Massachusetts would get $850 million to fix those structures and supporters say the plan would also create 11,000 jobs in the state.
Student protesters also cited anger with an education industry they say mimics what they call the “irresponsible, unaccountable, and unethical financial practices” of Wall Street as a catalyst for their march. They point to what they say are university presidents earning hundreds of thousands of dollars while other university workers struggle to make ends meet.
The “Occupy Wall Street” movement, which began with a small knot of protesters in Manhattan’s financial district, has grown steadily. Last week about 300 members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association also joined the rally for the first time. Similar protests have sprung up in other cities.