Chants of “Feel the Bern,” “Not for sale,” and “We are the 99 percent!” echoed down Broadway on Saturday as New Yorkers participated in a national March For Bernie. The candidate himself was present only in the form of cardboard cutouts, hand-drawn portraits, and (in one case) a Bernie puppet, but that didn’t stop hundreds of supporters of all ages and stripes (humans, canines, pigs, a #butterfly4Bernie, and the purple people eater below) from marching from Union Square to Zuccotti Park.
Escorted by cops, they filled half of Broadway as they chanted “We got sold out, banks got bailed out,” “This is what Democracy looks like,” and other rallying cries from the Occupy Wall Street days. (Some marchers were no doubt still coming down from Thursday’s “Berning Down the House” fundraiser at Good Room.) At Zuccotti, a speaker said the Vermont senator and b-movie actor’s presidential push was “not just about Bernie Sanders, it’s about starting a movement against Wall Street and the billionaire class.”
That’s good to hear, because after tonight’s caucus, these Sandernistas may need something to #soothethebern.
Photos by Konstantin Sergeyev