Led by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, union members and activists from National People’s Action (NPA), NAACP, MoveOn.org and others rallied near City Hall during the Thursday afternoon rush hour urging Congress and the president to be tougher on the banks as Congress decides on a financial overhaul bill.
A crowd of an estimated 7,500 workers and union leaders, angry over lost jobs, the taxpayer-funded bailout of financial institutions and questionable practices by big banks, marched down Broadway toward the city's financial district.
(Posted April 30, 2010)
Protesters dressed in old time jail costumes and shackles, name investment banks they believe are accountable for the world's economic troubles.
A protester holds a placard calling for more jobs.
A labor union worker holds a sign calling for job creation.
Rally attendees call for strict regulations by Congress of investment banks.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka arrives at the rally.
Thousands of protesters showed up carrying various signs expressing corporate greed.
A placard appears above a crowd of protesters on Broadway.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka calls for new fees for Wall Street banks to repay bailout costs.
A rally attendee listens to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speak.
During the rally and march, hundreds of participants joined a text messaging action and called Goldman Sachs, telling the Wall Street giant to stop opposing meaningful financial reform.
A protester holds a placard displaying an account of Wall Street bailout money from Congress.
A young girl takes part in the protest.
Protesters holding signs blaming "Too Big To Fail" banks for the country's job losses.
After the rally, the crowd starts its march down Broadway.