Protesters March Over New York Bridges, Call for Pandemic Support for 'Excluded Workers'

Workers from various industries marched across the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges in New York City on March 5 as they called for support for workers excluded from unemployment or pandemic-related benefits, local media reported.

The demonstration included people working in construction, hospitality, and education, as well as yellow-cab drivers who drove over the bridge alongside people marching. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) said the demonstration was for undocumented workers, who have been excluded from unemployment benefits and stimulus payments during the pandemic, and said New York City’s cab drivers “stand in solidarity” with workers struggling through the pandemic.

New York Communities for Change, a political activist group that posted this footage, said its members were marching “for all excluded workers, those who can’t pay rent and those who have lost work.” The group called for tax hikes for the wealthy and rent cancellation.

The demonstration closed lanes on both bridges, according to reports. Credit: @NYChange via Storyful