By James O'Toole
October 28, 2011
After railing against Wall Street greed for weeks from their encampment at Zuccotti Park in New York, a group went on the move Friday, dropping off thousands of letters addressed to Wall Street executives.
Although the protestors have based themselves at the park in Lower Manhattan, a number of the biggest "Wall Street" banks actually have their corporate headquarters in Midtown, a few miles to the north.
While bank executives did not emerge from their offices to accept the letters, group members outside the bank buildings used their "people's mic" system to ensure that their sentiments were heard loud and clear.
"Every day, the 99% are fighting to survive, and it's the hardest work you can imagine," said Maria Maisonet of Brooklyn, reading out a letter addressed to JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Bank of America's Brian Moynihan, Citigroup's Vikram Pandit and Wells Fargo's John Stumpf.
"My nephews and my son tell me they feel like bums because, even though they're trying and trying, they can't get a job. You are the problem, not us."...
At Morgan Stanley, march organizer Austin Guest left his phone number with security outside. Guest asked that it be given to CEO James Gorman, inviting him to have lunch with some of the demonstrators.
"We'll pick up the tab," Guest joked. "We've been doing it for the last few years."
The march concluded at JPMorgan Chase headquarters, where several marchers shared their stories before lining up to deliver their letters as bank staffers looked on from inside the building.
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