Two speakers at the march, Michael Shure and Richard Eskow, agreed that some of the rhetoric was similar, in that activists think their money has been stolen by the federal government, and they want more accountability for how the bailout money is being spent. Finance reform is one area in particular where both the left and the right can find common ground, said Shure.
“It’s something that helps everybody,” said Shure. “You have to have people who are willing to talk to the other side, you have to find where they have middle ground.”
One of the attendees at the march was not so optimistic.
“The big difference between this and the tea parties is that this is real grassroots,” said Alex Zapata, a CPA in D.C. “The tea party is AstroTurf. It’s corporations fund buses to find a bunch of people who don’t know what they’re protesting. We do know what we’re protesting.”
Turnout at the march was about 50 people – not many for a convention that numbered several hundred, even if it was a rainy afternoon. Still, Zapata said that his movement was on the upswing.
“When people start understanding the message, we’ll start having the numbers that show up at the tea party,” he said.