On a day commemorating the so-called discovery of America, thousands of protesters marched from the country's first common to express anger that the land of opportunity has seen its final days.
"The youth of today is the first generation in the history of the United States that has lower expectations for their lives than our parents had," Josh Koritz, an activist with Socialist Alternative, said as protesters organized on Boston Common on Columbus Day.
Although the protest and march were organized by students, they brought out Americans of all ages. By the time the march reached Dewey Square, it had swelled upward of 2,000 people.
About , with its campus in Somerville and Medfrod, joined in the march.