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deminks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 06:21 PM
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'99 percent' drop in on DC power players
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) It wasn't the slick suits, pricey heels and sense of purpose of the congressional staffers that Susan Wilkinson saw this week on Capitol Hill. What stung about crossing paths with them, she said, was this: "They wouldn't make eye contact with us," the unemployed Seattle activist recalled Thursday. "When did I get invisible?"

Wilkinson was among hundreds of angry Americans who streamed through Washington and its corridors of power this week to command attention for the 99 percent of Americans that protesters claim are struggling to survive the recession. They were hard to miss.


The protesters late Thursday moved to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building, site of a Christmas party expected to draw prominent lawmakers. The demonstrators staged a "human red carpet," by lying in front of the entrance. The idea, organizers said, was to force Washington's well-heeled partiers to tread upon the less fortunate.


Wilkinson, a 65-year-old a former administrative assistant who's lost her home and declared bankruptcy, said she was wearing her friend's boots because she couldn't afford her own. She said she felt the first real anger when she heard politicians saying the unemployed should blame themselves for their problems.

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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 06:28 PM
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They wouldn't make eye contact because they KNOW what they're part of!
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