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Cate Woodruff reports: "Yesterday, I spent part of the afternoon in Liberty Park at the 'Occupy Wall Street' protest. What I did not find was an indignant, screaming, angry or self-absorbed mob. However, what I did find was a group of extraordinarily caring, very peaceful, deeply concerned and educated people who have come together with the determination to help Americans take a realistic look at the destructive direction of this failing financial system."

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators hold signs and a flag in front of Liberty Plaza, NYC, where hundreds are staying throughout the day and night in protest of Wall Street's corruption, 09/19/11. (photo: Cate Woodruff/Reader Supported News)
Occupy Wall Street demonstrators hold signs and a flag in front of Liberty Plaza, NYC, where hundreds are staying throughout the day and night in protest of Wall Street's corruption, 09/19/11. (photo: Cate Woodruff/Reader Supported News)




Cate Woodruff Reporting From Wall Street Occupation

By Cate Woodruff, Reader Supported News

20 September 11


Reader Supported News | Report

 

esterday, I spent part of the afternoon in Liberty Park at the "Occupy Wall Street" protest.

Occupy Wall Street's 'Freedom Plaza,' 09/19/11. (photo: Cate Woodruff/Reader Suppported News)

What I did not find was an indignant, screaming, angry or self-absorbed mob. However, what I did find was a group of extraordinarily caring, very peaceful, deeply concerned and educated people who have come together with the determination to help Americans take a realistic look at the destructive direction of this failing financial system.

Occupy Wall Street's 'Freedom Plaza,' 09/19/11. (photo: Cate Woodruff/Reader Suppported News)

Most important, they want Americans to demand change. And the positive energy was palpable.

Passersby often stopped on the Broadway sidewalk at Liberty Street to engage in lively political discussion with a group of sign-holding protesters.

Occupy Wall Street's 'Freedom Plaza,' 09/19/11. (photo: Cate Woodruff/Reader Suppported News)

Their make-shift camp is located behind a wall of protest signs - in what was once Zuccotti Park, but has since been re-named Liberty Plaza.

Occupy Wall Street's 'Freedom Plaza,' 09/19/11. (photo: Cate Woodruff/Reader Suppported News)

Hundreds of people, sometimes surging into the thousands, are here to stay until demands are met ... armed only with sleeping bags and cardboard. Some were texting, receiving words of support from protesters in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Paris and Rome.

Occupy Wall Street's 'Freedom Plaza,' 09/19/11. (photo: Cate Woodruff/Reader Suppported News)

The police, very watchful and ever-present, have restricted the demonstrators from covering their faces or from using tarps or tents to cover themselves.

Occupy Wall Street's 'Freedom Plaza,' 09/19/11. (photo: Cate Woodruff/Reader Suppported News)

They have, somewhat casually, surrounded the park and direct traffic away from side streets.

Occupy Wall Street's 'Freedom Plaza,' 09/19/11. (photo: Cate Woodruff/Reader Suppported News)

Protesters say they will not leave until "corporations and banks are held accountable for crimes," and until "Wall Street is regulated to put people before profits" and "the rich are taxed."

Occupy Wall Street's 'Freedom Plaza,' 09/19/11. (photo: Cate Woodruff/Reader Suppported News)

Some talk of other important issues being "misdirected" by Wall Street and politicians and want to see that "the war in Afghanistan and Iraq is ended," and that "education and healthcare is made affordable and available to all." For many, protecting the earth and climate crisis are also top priorities.

Occupy Wall Street's 'Freedom Plaza,' 09/19/11. (photo: Cate Woodruff/Reader Suppported News)

In effect, they seek a healthy balance in our lives, in the way we manage our country, and to take responsibility for the ways we affect the rest of the world. To think about what we can do for each other, rather than what we can take for ourselves.

Occupy Wall Street's 'Freedom Plaza,' 09/19/11. (photo: Cate Woodruff/Reader Suppported News)

I urge you all to go downtown and have a look for yourselves. I was inspired and very moved by the backbone and integrity I witnessed, and for the first time in a long time "My Fellow Americans" seemed to have real meaning.

This could be big. This movement could change the world. What you do can change the world.

Occupy Wall Street: Take the Bull by the Horns

 

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+33 # DPM 2011-09-20 22:29
I can't go, but I will do what I can from here, including sending some aid to New York protesters.
 
 
+17 # Phlippinout 2011-09-21 01:53
MY HEROS CARRY PROTEST SIGNS!
 
 
+17 # grannym 2011-09-21 07:17
As we chanted in Madison, "This is what democracy looks like!" And why do so many people have time to demonstrate? Probably because they are jobless, having been cut so that the Wall Street FAT CATS can squeeze more money out of tightened staffs. And we chanted "Shame, shame, shame!" That's what every Wall Street exec and high-rolling "financial leader" should be hearing.
 
 
+4 # iris 2011-09-21 11:17
hey! yahoo is blocking all communication about these protests..under whose orders... mayve all subscribers should cancell their servie, and sell their stocks short on the street
 
 
+2 # Ryguy913 2011-09-21 15:54
I love the spirit of these protests, and I want them to continue and grow and inspire people and wake people up.

But, I really wish that the protestors' demands were more concrete, more specific.

I think more people would be willing to join if the demands were clearer and there's also the issue of time.

Quoting from this article:

"Protesters say they will not leave until 'corporations and banks are held accountable for crimes,' and until 'Wall Street is regulated to put people before profits' and 'the rich are taxed.'"

Are those the demands? When are they going to leave?

This seems hopelessly vague. Please, someone, tell me that I've missed some very clearly delineated list of demands somewhere, because for all the nobility of these protests, I feel like they could accomplish more if better organized.
 
 
+5 # propsguy 2011-09-22 00:18
call the mainstream media and demand coverage of this protest. they are pretending it doesn't exist since they take their marching orders from wall street

MSNBC 1-212-664-3720
WCBS 1-800-CH-2-NEWS
WABC 1-212-456-3146 OR 3173
CNN 1-404-827-1500
NEWS12 1-800-316-TIPS
 
 
0 # Eliz77 2011-09-26 16:49
There is so much that is wrong with the economic/justic e/ecological/mi litary-industri al system in this country, it is difficult to stuff all the problems into one 6 word bumper sticker sound bite. Maybe the problem is that all these folks looking for simple answers would join in if we could find that perfect framing.
 

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