Marchers shut down the streets on five different routes through the heart of downtown DC, and I lent Consumer Watchdog's voice in support of the Robin Hood Tax and the Fight to End AIDS. The marchers wove a story through downtown DC, stopping in front of lobby shops to call out the worst Wall Street and corporate offenders and demanding a Robin Hood Tax.
This is the New York Ave home of SIFMA, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, representing giant Wall St traders and banks. (It also happens to be Google HQ, where we've been known to protest before.)
Tag line: Wall Street Got Bailed Out, We Got Sold Out.
Then on to Bank of America (photo courtesy #robinhoodtax).
And on to The Chamber of Commerce (again courtesy #robinhoodtax).
And ending in Lafayette Park in front of the White House (picture courtesy #endAIDS).
We marched today with thousands of people fighting for social justice, jobs, health care and an end to AIDS, to call on the President to support the Robin Hood Tax. It's a simple small tax on high-volume financial trades (the kind of trades speculators make, not small investors) that could raise up to $350 billion every year.
Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor. But since speculation by the big banks stole trillions in wealth from average Americans and devastated the world economy, I'd call a small tax on financial transactions more like taking our own money back.