Today at 12 noon, demonstrators are going to meet at McKeldin Square at the corner of Light and Pratt streets for Occupy Baltimore. The gathering is inspired by Occupy Wall Street, which is an ongoing series of demonstrations that started in New York City and has spread to various cities around the country.
Occupy participants are concerned about perceived social and economic inequality, as well as lack of corporate accountability, in the wake of the economic crisis. Each city seems to have specific concerns and Baltimore is no different. On the Facebook page for the event, organizers cite "40,000 vacant homes, 11.5 percent unemployment rate, run-down public schools, polluted harbor, and urban decay" in our city.
According to the event page, more than 1,000 people confirmed that they'll be attending the demonstration, which is said to go on "indefinitely."
[Image: courtesy of Occupy Baltimore]