Occupy Wall Street: Latino Leaders March Through Manhattan to Show Support

Members of the Latino community marched through Manhattan to show solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protestors.

About 1,000 community members, including black leaders and residents, trekked 11 miles down from Washington Heights to the Wall Street area to take a stand with the popular movement.

Elected officials, labor leaders and other protesters started walking in Washington Heights on Monday and headed south toward Wall Street. They'd made it to Times Square by mid-afternoon.

Washington Heights resident Carmen Acosta says she's a "99 percenter" living from paycheck to paycheck.

She says the whole world is represented by Zuccotti Park, the Manhattan park that has become the epicenter of the Occupy movement.

Also marching Monday were the city's public advocate, Bill de Blasio and Comptroller John Liu.
Organizers say they want to connect black and Latino supporters from all over the city.

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who organized the march with City Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez, led the hundreds in the march.

“Neighborhoods like this have been in a permanent recession - Washington Heights, Harlem, East Harlem,” he told the New York Daily News. “We have double-digit unemployment, housing costs through the roof.

"Occupy Wall Street is echoing what we have been feeling for decades,” he added.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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