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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Image Credit: Flickr – democapitol


Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

We now have Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Congress and Occupy Courts. Why don't these folks get together and form Occupy the USA, one large group of mad as hell folks fighting all injustices. We need to come together and demand better from our Congress and all levels of government. We need to start thinking when we vote and STOP voting based on one issue. What Party is for the people and has always been for the people? What Party gave us deficits and what Party cleaned them up and will clean them up again? What Party has created more jobs than the other ever? The answer to these questions is the Democrats. Be a vocal protester and a smart voter and we will win back our rights from the bought and paid for Justices of SCOTUS, corporate America and the radical right.

Kristen S.
Kristen H6 years ago

Videos are great but a lot of workplaces have Youtube blocked... dang the man.

Nancy L.
Nancy L6 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Rose L.
Rose L6 years ago

@ Sue J: "use quotes from email forwards...do their homework, etc"

Do you people even want to have conversations? Or do you prefer just to stick with you own narrow minded view of the world as you see it? These types of ignorant comments about me on a personal level are meant to offend. I do not copy and paste from emails, and I certainly do my homework. But you already know that.

Or course you give accolades to Grace F for her "insightful posts". Why, because those posts are only insightful to you because you agree with them.

And of course you will continue to attack me on a personal level.

Rose L.
Rose L6 years ago

@ Francis C: "rose L., Others are right, you do watch way to much Beck, as well as Rush, Hannity, and Fox liar channel. Try to widen your horizons."

Excuse me, but my horizons are plenty wide! But I would not venture to assume and then tell you what you watch or listen to! How narrow minded! You know nothing, apparently. Because if you knew me, you would know I get my information from a variety of sources, including international sites. Oh and let's not forget: care2!

Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

I support the OWS, I am the 99%, as most of us are. I am neither dirty, a druggie (like Rush), unemployed, or all the other ugly things the tea party calls us.

Obama/Biden 2012.....vote for all democrats.

Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

rose L., Others are right, you do watch way to much Beck, as well as Rush, Hannity, and Fox liar channel. Try to widen your horizons.

Joseph B.
Joseph B6 years ago

OH! I was so hopeful the Occupy movement came to Washington to protest the role the Federal Government plays in all of this- Of course, I was disappointed! They wern't there to protest Washingtons waste, corruption and greed but the same old tired class warfare hate Corporation garbage as before-
This nation has become a nation of "takers" depending on others for their very existance- Some have been feeding at the taxpayer trough so long they don't know any other way-
Since when does demonizing the producers reap more jobs? It never has and the role the Feds have had in all this for far too long has been swept under the rug-
Seems to me just this week a project that would have created over 20 thousand jobs was canned by Obama- The Keystone pipe line- He can't claim he wants more jobs now unless the taxpayers cough up again the billions needed for jobs that will not be lasting jobs or just not show up at all such as with the last "stimulus" bill that produced no jobs bit put us more in debt! Come on all you Occupy folks! Lets see some outrage here for the millions wasted, imbezzled and just plain lost by Washington!
Lets see the same passion in protesting the Solendra colapse costing us 55 million dollars gone in a flash! Money given by taxpayers to Uncle Sam which again wasted it! That makes me very angry! I await to see the same passion by the occupy movement in protesting this miscarrage of accountability! But they won't- Class warfare suits them just fine as it doe

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

Ron Paul sucks and he will so lie, he already has.

Sue Jones
Sue Jones6 years ago

Can't send you any more stars for awhile, Grace F, but want to say thank you for your insightful posts today. Rose L and Steve R and a few other trolls out here, use quotes from email forwards that in most cases have discredited for some time. Thanks for taking the time to research. If some of those who use these nonsense quote did their homework, we wouldn't have to do it for them.