When we arrived to Liberty Park the first thing that struck me was how small an area the park covered, the second thing was that there were people, sleeping bags and cameras everywhere. There were also large numbers of police officers walking the area in groups of four; and when you looked up towards the tree tops there was the black windowed NYPD tower looking down on you. I could see the protesters inside the park and then there were the tourists circling the area snapping off picture after picture. On the edge of the park were the artists silk screening newly purchased “I Heart NY” T-shirt’s with the words, Occupy Wall St.
I was immediately struck with how important it was to be here, to see, smell and hear what was taking place. Even the most trusted journalists could not convey the experience of being present to this event. I had to see it for myself, otherwise it becomes another story coming from a virtual world with opinions, rhetoric and descriptions by writers who may never have stepped foot in Liberty Park. I am one of the 99% and I needed to know who was making a stand for me.