FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org, 347-292-1444
For this action: Han Shan, (917)923-5322
What: Competing Rallies at Mitt Romney’s NYC fundraiser
When: Wednesday, March 14, 11am – 2pm
Where: Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Park Ave between 49th and 50th
Today outside of Mitt Romney’s NYC fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria, an impending clash is brewing between proud ‘1%’ supporters of Mitt Romney and OWS protesters. The fundraiser is co-hosted by a large group of billionaires, Wall Street execs, and corporate titans.
Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters, and other NY-based community groups, are planning to confront presidential hopeful Mitt Romney with the message that elections are not for sale and that corporations—unlike voters—are not people. The notion of corporate personhood, ardently supported by Romney along his campaign trail, has been assailed by Occupy Wall Street and allies as an attack on the rights of working people across the country and around the world.
At the same time, a group of self-proclaimed ‘1%ers for Romney (or Obama)’ will be rallying to show support for the special interest lobbyists. The ‘1%ers’ who plan to rally on Wednesday will be dressed in their fundraiser finest and carrying signs that echo Mitt’s sentiment, reading “Corporations Are People Too!” as well as “Mittrack Obamney 2012: No Matter Who’s Elected, Wall Street Wins!”
“We’re committed to protesting a corrupt system in which anyone can buy their way into the political position they are seeking,” said Han Shan, a member of Occupy Wall Street’s Press Relations working group. “This means Romney or Obama–democracy shouldn’t go to the highest bidder.”
“Americans should be thankful for Mitt Romney, President Obama, and all the corporations and billionaires who are financing this election,” said William K. Street, a self-proclaimed “1%er” who says he’s supporting whichever candidate wins. “At least in America, I know my vote counts. And by vote, I mean money.”
Occupy Wall Street is part of an international people powered movement fighting for economic justice in the face of neoliberal economic practices, the crimes of Wall Street, and a government controlled by monied interests. #OWS is the 99% organizing to end the tyranny of the 1%.
For more info www.occupywallst.org and www.nycga.net
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