What Democracy Looks Like: Inside Occupy Congress
On January 17th, 2011, Americans from all walks of life gathered in Washington, D.C. to make the government aware that they are not happy about the rampant greed and corruption that have engulfed the nation’s lawmakers.
Some attendees have been with Occupy Wall Street since it’s beginning over four long months ago. For others, Occupy Congress was their first public action as a member of the 99%. Ignoring race, gender, age, and political background, these protesters came together to remind the Federal Government that it too is at fault for the corporate takeover of the American political system.
Here are several videos shot during the Occupy Congress action. The year is new, and the fight for our rights has only just begun. This is an election year, and a major opportunity to make a statement about the type of country we want to be. Expect more. Expect the 99%.
The video below shows the chronological events that took place on January 17th, 2012 by the Occupy Movement. Starting at the Capitol building, then proceeding to the Rayburn House Office Building. Marching up Constitution Ave to the Supreme Court Building then back down ending at the White House.
The video below shows an interview with retired Captain Ray Lewis of the Philadelphia Police Department on #J17 in front of the Capital Building in Washington D.C. Capt. Lewis was arrested at Occupy Wall Street on November 17th for participating in the peaceful protest. Interview by: Eugene Davidovich
The video below shows a large number of protesters gathered for a march during the evening of Occupy Congress. One of the important events of this march was the storming of the supreme court steps, even peacefully breaking through a police line. The protesters also paid a visit to the White House.
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