Expect lots of traffic on Brickell on Thursday - The March on Brickell is at 5pm...the organizer is an idiot and the unions are behind 1Miami....but it is a good idea nonetheless....
CITIZENS TO STAND UP, MARCH ON BRICKELL BANKING DISTRICT NOV. 17 TO DEMAND FAIRNESS, HONESTY FOR WORKING FAMILIES
A coalition of citizens and community groups organized by 1Miami will hold a Stand Up Florida rally at Jose Marti Park (at 4 pm) in Little Havana and march on the Brickell (at 5 pm) Avenue banking district on November 17.
Organizers expect more than 2,000 citizens to participate, with many more possible as 1Miami points to public desperation and dissatisfaction grows with large financial institutions and the practices, policies and politics that have harmed the public.
“It’s obvious that the bankers, big lobbyists and their beholden politicians will first protect their own interests, rather than fairness for working families,” said Jose Suarez, communications director for 1Miami. “But if together the 99% of us stand up, speak up and act up, we can create real change for the better. People are taking to the streets all over the country to demand fairness and honesty, and we’re just beginning to see some results.” 1Miami is inviting other organizations and individuals to join them.
Also joining 1Miami at the November 17 action will be:
Occupy Miami, MoveOn.org, AFL-CIO, The Workers’ Center and SEIU locals 1199, 1991 and 32 BJ, as well as several faith-based organizations and 1Miami’s supporters from all over Miami Dade County.
The rally will begin at 4 p.m. with a variety of speakers sharing their stories of losing the American Dream and witnessing a government that has turned its back on the hard working, tax-paying majority when they need it most. Presenters will highlight banks and big businesses that received giant bailouts from the government, but continued to pamper executives with lavish pay and bonuses at the same time as laying off regular workers. Speakers also will call out local politicians who have coddled corporate interests and who have played reckless political gamesmanship at the expense of hard-working families. Most recently, 1Miami has criticized Senator Marco Rubio for voting to kill the infrastructure portion of the American Jobs Act, while his district is in dire need of infrastructure improvement and the jobs that go with it. The organization also has participated in numerous protests against Rep. Allen West and others for their voting records that fail to deliver honest help to South Florida citizens.
Rally presenters will conclude at 5 p.m., when the march will head east on Calle Ocho (Southwest 8th Street) to Brickell Park.