Concerns over the war in Afghanistan and the economy collided Thursday in downtown Washington.
People from all walks of life converged on Freedom Plaza mid-day, many of them carrying signs about corporate greed and under-taxation of big business.
Unemployed house painter Susan Beam has been looking for work for four years. Frustration toward multi-million dollar corporations fueled her trip from Frederick to D.C..
“It's clear that they're making way more money than anybody needs to make,” she said. “We bailed them out and they're making millions.”
One college senior has $20,000 in school loans. She's afraid that if the economy continues to falter, she won't have a way to pay them off.
“I'm terrified because I know so many people who have graduated with masters and with bachelors and they can't get jobs and I'm terrified that is going to happen to me,” she said.
Retired federal worker Charles Jones says he is fed up with corporate greed and bank fees. The Dale City man fears the financial future his family is facing.
“I've got grandchildren and I want to see them be able to get a job,” Jones said. “When I came out of college I was able to get a job. But now you come out of college and even if you have a very good education or a lower class education you cannot get a job. Why?”
Protests much like this one sprang up in New York City last month have sprung up in cities nationwide, including Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The demonstrations started Thursday morning at Freedom Plaza then protestors will march to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
They have varied causes but have spoken largely about unemployment and economic inequality, reserving most of their criticism for Wall Street.