Updated 10/11/2011 11:27 PM
Protesters Stop By Wealthy New Yorkers' Homes To Demand Higher Taxes For Millionaires
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Members of the "Occupy Wall Street" protest joined New York community groups Tuesday for a "Millionaires March" up Fifth Avenue, bringing their message to the homes of a number of the city's wealthiest residents.
Marchers also brought oversize checks to show how much the wealthy New Yorkers will save in taxes, after the state's 2-percent income tax for people who make more than $500,000 expires in December.
Among the residences visited were those of News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch and conservative billionaire David Koch.
They also stopped by the home of JPMorgan Chase's CEO Jamie Dimon, but his company did not give comment on the demonstration.
Unlike the crowd at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, the uptown demonstrators were older and focused their message on extending the so-called "millionaires' tax."
"There's no jobs around at all, anywhere you look," said protester Joe Hazeltine of Utica, N.Y. "The millionaires aren't paying their fair share in taxes."
"We need jobs. The top 2 percent have the wealth, they have the power to fix it, they can give out more money to create jobs," said Camille Rivera of United New York. "Our government can do better by passing the [American] Jobs Act."
"I'm unemployed and downsized," said Joe Hernandez of Rego Park, Queens, a protester who has been out of work for two years. "I'm tired of living on ramen noodles, trying to just scrounge around, grab a job, grab something here and there just to pay my rent."
One billionaire who did not get a visit by protestors was Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said Monday that protesters can stay in Zuccotti Park indefinitely to voice their opinions, as long as they do it lawfully.
However, he said on Tuesday that "occupying" and trying to disrupt Wall Street is futile.
"I don't appreciate the bashing of all the hard-working people who live and work here and pay the taxes that support our city," said Bloomberg.
Meanwhile, more than 120 people were arrested early Tuesday morning during a similar march in Boston.
Police said the "Occupy Boston" protesters ignored warnings to move from a downtown greenway near where they have been camped out for more than a week.
In Washington, a half-dozen protestors were taken into custody on Capitol Hill after launching a demonstration inside the Hart Senate Office Building.