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Protests outside the Conservative Convention in Colonie

Posted at: 01/27/2013 9:10 PM
Updated at: 01/28/2013 10:38 AM
By: Allison Dorchik

COLONIE -The State Conservative Party kicked off its annual convention today in Colonie, but not without controversy. A group rallied outside the event protesting the policies of two convention speakers.

Demonstrators braved the cold temperatures on Wolf Road to show solidarity against policies they feel are hurting the middle class.

The groups include the occupy albany movement, citizen action of new york and move on dot org. their protest was directed at two guest speakers at the annual conservative party convention inside the holiday inn.

Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform and David Bossie of Citizens United are there to underscore this year's platform of the conservative movement on state government spending and taxes.

Protesters say the policies Norquist and Bossie advocate for are driven by corporate America.

Susan Weber of MoveOn.org says, "One of the reasons we have such an abysmal situation economically is that the one percent have garnered all the wealth that have been generated over the past 20 years."

That's why they're calling for an increase in the minimum wage and social programs like social security and Medicare, left alone. They also want big money in politics.

The Conservatives say the policies they advocate for are on the side of working Americans. They say New York taxes too much and that's why both jobs and people leave. They say raising the minimum wage won't fix anything.