Occupy Wall Street in Pictures, Part One

Earlier this week, on a long lunch break from jury duty, I strolled south to take a look at Occupy Wall Street headquarters in Zuccotti Park.  The tiny square was bustling with occupiers, curious on-lookers and press, and the over-all atmosphere was calm and friendly.

The square has been divided into distinct areas, each with its own function.

Librarians handed out books in the people’s library.

Is this a clothing distribution area?

Posters and T-shirts were being printed at a little manufacturing center with two silk screens.

Food servers took a break from preparing lunch to chat.

In the center of the square, the Working Group Schedule laid out the week.

At the medical tent, a worker unloaded supplies.

Nothing much seemed to be happening at the Arts and Culture center.

But really, arts and culture were all around.

And everywhere, people were talking.

They talked on the sidewalk,

and they talked in a sukkah.

Not everyone was working or talking.  A white dog and its owner caught some z’s, each sound asleep in its own blanket and bedroll.

Some were playing with their dogs.

Some played chess.

One woman knitted,

and, of course, many people sat with home-made signs.

And then it was back to jury duty, feeling proud of my fellow citizens.

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6 Comments on “Occupy Wall Street in Pictures, Part One”

  1. Mr. Mantooth Says:

    Best coverage ANYWHERE of Occupy Wall Street. Seriously. No one else showed the spontaneous, colorful and lived-in aspects of it. Loved the group schedule sign and all the pics.

  2. p hoey Says:

    Wonderful photo essay! Not just the civility of it all, but the orderliness of the protesters under difficult circumstances is truly impressive. May they flourish and increase!

  3. Wild_Bill Says:

    Thanks for sharing these. It reminds me of the 60’s when the Vietnam War and Civil Rights movements were afoot. I have to admit that I’m very hopeful. First that this younger generation has the courage to challenge authority, and second that I think it will continue to grow and serve as a foundation for change. Finally. Can’t wait to see what happens. Will it quiet down in cold weather?

  4. Laurel Overmyer Says:

    Melissa, Your photos are wonderful!

  5. Charlotte Says:

    Great photos! So glad you shared with us; we have the same going on here in LA, but with more bands. Looking forward to more….

  6. Barbara Says:

    Impressive demonstration – no wonder you were proud! Your photos give a great sense of the “community” that developed and how people are really ready to have big change happen. Well done!


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