The Flood Wall Street demonstration comes on the heels of Sunday's
international day of action that brought some 310,000 people to the
streets of New York City in the largest single protest ever held on
over climate change.
There were no arrests or incidents in Sunday's massive march, police
Flood Wall Street organizers said they wanted to use the momentum
gained by Sunday's march to "highlight the role of capitalism in
fueling the climate crisis."
As many as 2,000 participants will meet in lower Manhattan's Battery
Park before a planned noon march to Wall Street and the steps of the
New York Stock Exchange for a sit-in and blockade without a police
permit, event organizers said.
Some 200 people have said they will risk arrest by the New York City
Police Department during the civil disobedience action, said
spokeswoman Leah Hunt-Hendrix.
"This civil resistance, civil disobedience, shows a commitment to
the cause," said Hunt-Hendrix. "We are trying to escalate this as an
urgent issue and show how Wall Street is profiting from the crisis."
The event's organizers have roots in the Occupy Wall Street movement
that started in a downtown Manhattan park in 2011 to protest what it
called unfair banking practices that serve the wealthiest one
percent, leaving behind 99 percent of the world's population.
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Flood Wall Street said they hope Monday's action will draw a link
between economic policies and the environment, accusing top
financial institutions of "exploiting frontline communities, workers
and natural resources" for financial gain.
The event is part of Climate Week, which seeks to draw attention to
carbon emissions and their link to global warming, and comes ahead
of a Sept. 23 United Nations Climate Summit.
(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Writing by Victoria
Cavaliere; Editing by Fiona Ortiz and Sandra Maler)
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