Occupy March Nyc Dc – Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City went old school on Tuesday as activist musicians David Crosby and Graham Nash delivered a touch of Woodstock, plans for a march to Washington were announced and some participants practiced another kind of democracy – voting.
Demonstrators have been making their voices heard in U.S. town squares since September, and the spirit of protest has remained paramount. At Zuccotti Park, the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young stars were the latest entertainers to lend their talents to the cause.
The white-haired duo led a chant of “No More War!” and played a 20-minute acoustic performance for about 1,000 protesters and onlookers who spilled out of the park onto nearby streets.
An air of nostalgia – and the smell of marijuana – wafted over the crowd as the pair had fans humming along to hits like “Teach Your Children Well.”
“These relics of Woodstock came and supported our movement,” said 19-year-old Tyler Westcott, a college student, his voice rising with excitement. “It’s wild, how things line up. What you have here is the New Left from the Vietnam era – and the new left here now.”
Last month, folk music legend Pete Seeger and ’60s folk singer Arlo Guthrie joined Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in their campaign against corporate greed. Recently, rappers Talib Kweli, Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco visited protesters in the park. In California, hip hop heavyweights MC Hammer, Raymond “Boots” Riley of hip hop group The Coup and local rapper Mistah FAB have stopped by encampments.
Taking the Occupy protest on the road was also on the agenda Tuesday.
A small group of Occupy Wall Street activists will start a march Wednesday with the hope of arriving in Washington on Nov. 23, the deadline for a congressional committee to decide whether to keep President Barack Obama’s extension of Bush-era tax cuts.