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A Sunday Afternoon Occupying Wall Street

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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.

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11:52AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Occupy Wall Street in Toronto, Canada
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adWSKs1RNfI

10:56AM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Well, I am certainly one of the 99%. Some of these comments reduce me to tears. I am too old now to sleep outside on the grass (or parking lot) but I will go to my local "occupy" during the day. Support these people. A revolution is our only hope, I have thought this for a year but never thought we could do it - let's keep it going.

Oh, and @Dolores M - there will be no "healthy living" for at least 99% of us if we don't get involved in the politics.

6:17AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Roger B: Aren't you ther critical one.... wow, what a nasty comment you made here
Obviously you have no idea what is going on with these demonstrations. How forutunate your life must be.

1:06PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

Hopefully, these demonstrations will continue to spread across the US, and continue on, to become America's "Arab Spring." Our American Autumn.

We are well past our time for renewal, to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, "change is our right, our responsibility."



People, lets take America back from the 1%, they are trading on your future. These people are traitors to the true American way. Let us see heads roll.



The question is, since the 1% didn't respect the 99% yesterday, what efforts will be needed for us to call upon. Can we get there with non-violence, god knows the 1% doesn't respect Non-violence, not in a violent world of their own making.

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
" Thomas Jefferson

11:29PM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

Thanks for your comments from the streets. This really is an important time, and the occupiers of Wall Street are heroes to me.

8:31PM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

Wish I could be there too. The current system MUST CHANGE! Exactly how? I don't know either. Right now I think it's enough to say "I DON'T LIKE WALL STREET! I DON'T LIKE RICH PEOPLE BUYING POLITITIANS! , I DON'T WANT TO RUIN THE LAND,AIR, WATER, ANIMALS ! I SUPPORT LGBT RIGHTS ,OBAMA,JOBS, HEALTH CARE, THE OCCUPY WALL STREETERS AND WHAT THE CONSTITUTION REALLY SAYS!

12:01PM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

Thanks Delia.

11:29AM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

Thanks Delia.

7:23PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

It takes a village. Thank you for a little peek into the original #OWS "village." If you haven't been to your local Occupy perhaps this will spark a visit. Unfortunately, Mayor Bloomberg is trying to oust the Zuccotti Park #OWS by using the lame excuse of cleaning and repairs...and making a new rule of no sleeping bags and other things when/if they go back. This is, of course a stunningly obvious ploy to get rid of them. You can go to his web site or call him to let him know you are against this and that you are watching what he does to these peaceful protesters exercising their First Amendment rights.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mayor.html

Or call New York City's complaint line at (212) NEW-YORK--that's (212) 639-9675.

6:14PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

Great article.

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