Several dozen protesters are planning to partially disrobe front of Hudson Valley Congresswoman Nan Hayworth’s office on Wednesday in order to make a statement about the Republican Party’s economic policies.
“We are taking our shirts off to say that the government is taking the shirts off our backs, ” said Brooke McGowen, a liberal activist in Peekskill. “And I am speaking for the middle class, I am speaking for the children, I am speaking for working people.”
McGowen, who leads a local MoveOn chapter upstate, said she expected around 60 people to show up, but said that she expected only a dozen or so to go shirtless.
“It’s not about pornography or exhibitionism; it’s about making a visual protest of what is happening to us,” she said. “It’s a performance, actually.”
Hayworth voted in favor of the debt ceiling bill that was reached earlier this month, and is considered a relative moderate for a House Republican freshman.