CMU Photojournalism Students Photograph Occupy Wall Street in New York City November 17-20

Tanya Moutzalias

to see more of my work see my blog: tanyamoutzalias.wordpress.com

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(article and photo page originally published for GCMAG.org 11/29/11)

Occupy Wall Street Global Day of Action: photo page (part 1)

Occupy Wall St protesters called for a Global Day of Action on Thursday Nov. 17. A full day was planned for the protesters. BREAKFAST 7:00 a.m.: Shut down Wall Street (New York Stock Exchange), LUNCH 3:00 p.m.: Occupy the Subways, DINNER 5:00p.m.: Take the Square (Foley Square).

Protesters began their morning at 7am by attempting to block the entrance to the New York Stock Exchange. Many arrests took place on Wall St in the morning.

By early afternoon the occupiers had reconvened at Zuccotti Park, the once occupied park before Nov. 15’s police eviction. The protesters then attempted to march down Wall St but were met by barricades and lines of police in riot gear forcing the protesters back.

The Occupiers were pushed back to Zuccotti park where a cat and mouse game ensued between the NYPD barricades and the Occupiers. For a significant period the barricades surrounding the park where opened and closed so frequently it was extremely difficult to get in- or out of Zuccotti.

Mid-afternoon an odd lull between the occupiers and police occurred when pizza was brought to feed the protesters. Afterwards, a game of strategies occurred before the occupiers left Zuccotti and marched 2.4 miles uptown to Union Sq. where a student protest was planned for 3p.m.

(all photographs by Tanya Moutzalias | photo editor gcmag.org)

A man stomps on NYPD barricades pulled from the sides of Zuccotti Park the once occupation zone filled with tents by Occupy Wall St protesters. A woman nearby shouted at the man to stop causing a ruckus and that destroying property was not productive to the movement. The man continued to jump and kick.

Hundreds of protesters gather in Zuccotti Park to rally before another march began down Wall St.

A scuffle between NYPD officials and protesters led to OWS medics being called in front while NYPD continued to hold back the protesters from marching any further south on Wall St.

NYPD in riot gear line up along Wall St keeping protesters out of the street.

Christian Ruiz, 18, and girlfriend Bianca Rosario, 17 hug on Wall st. during Nov. 17's OWS national day of action. Both attend the Borough of Manhattan Community College. When asked about the occupy movement, Ruiz said "I like it- it makes sense fighting for the future."

Troy, last name with held, sits in Zuccotti park during a rainy lull in Nov. 17's protests. Separately, the protesters and police stopped all actions for a pizza break in the early afternoon.

An occupier yells at a police officer. The NYPD and Occupiers were caught in a cat and mouse game for most of the afternoon. For a significant period, police were rapidly changing the barricades so it was extremely difficult to find a way in- or out- that the NYPD allowed people to pass through.

Occupier, Brendan Watts, is seen bloodied and arrested after a scuffle with NYPD in Zuccotti Park. He allegedly took a police officer's cap.

Occupiers dance in celebration after retaking Zuccotti Park post the march down Wall St.

Troy Odendhal stands near a meditating occupier in the rain. Odendhal is at Occupy Wall St for his father, a part-time transit worker who was unjustly fired for a work-related injury.

The books of OWS's People's Library were thrown into a dumpster when NYPD officials evicted Zuccotti Park protesters. The remaining books were carried around by protesters during Nov. 17 OWS's national day of action

Zuccotti Park after the eviction of the protesters as seen during on Nov 17.

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Occupy Wall St Nov. 17 Global Day of Action: part two

After protesters broke free of the standoff with police over getting in or out of Zuccotti, the occupiers marched 2.4 miles to Union Sq for the student protest rally. The NYPD marched beside the protesters in the street keeping the protesters on the sidewalk. At Union Sq. hundreds met in solidarity for students and educators. After a round of speakers and mic checks through Union Sq. the students took to the streets and completely stopped traffic. Look outs ran ahead to see what streets the police had barricaded to control the direction of the protesters who were trying to get to the next spot of protest, Foley Sq.

An estimated 30,000 people convened in Foley Sq. A sea of protesters each with different signs and reasons to participate in OWS’s Global Day of Action crowded the park and surrounding sidewalks. A long police barricaded path was created for protesters marching to the Brooklyn Bridge. This time OWS community supporters helped with NYPD to keep protesters on the legal foot path bridge.

On the Brooklyn Bridge unexpectedly, a slide of projections appeared on the Verizon Wireless building overlooking the Bridge. 99% flashed on the building, along with a mic check, in which the projection had the occupiers on the Bridge sing Happy Birthday to the two-month old Occupy Wall St movement.

Some protesters, tired with miles in their soles took the subway home, many- in true fashion- attended the General Assembly after the long day of protests.

Nov. 15′s eviction was just a step in the evolution of this movement, as many signs read, “you can’t evict an idea.”

A makeshift drum line marches to Union Sq.

OWS protesters march from Zuccotti Park to Union Sq. with NYPD police following them along the sidewalks edge the whole 2.4 mi walk.

Union Sq, OWS student protest

"WE'RE BACK" OWS protesters at Union Sq Nov. 17

A man sits and reads "The Master Game" inside a Barnes & Noble overlooking Union Sq. and OWS's student protest on Nov. 17 Global Day of Action.

The People's Library found a temporary spot occupying the sidewalk outside of Barnes & Noble in Union Sq. The books of OWS's People's Library were thrown into a dumpster when NYPD officials evicted Zuccotti Park protesters. The remaining books were carried around by protesters during Nov. 17 OWS's national day of action

OWS People's Library books include, a occupy-made newspaper, Dan Brown's "Deception Point", "The American Crucible", and an Economics book.

Student protesters take over the street outside of Union sq. completely blocking traffic.

Student protesters take over the street and block all traffic, even leaving a sign leaned up against an old beat-up Honda with different colored panels.

Occupiers took their message to the subways, as part of a planned protest of Nov. 17 Global Day of Action.

An estimated 30,000 people convene in Foley sq.

Lauren Sara, last name with held, cries during a song sung by senior citizens over the microphone during Occupy Wall St's rally at Foley Sq during OWS Nov. 17 Global Day of Action. "I'm just so moved by the collection of people i couldn't help crying," said Lauren Sara a musician/rapper from Brooklyn.

Foley Sq. march to the Brooklyn Bridge.

An NYPD officer on horseback takes a photo of OWS protesters marching from Foley Sq. to the Brooklyn Bridge as they snap photos of him, while another police officer tells the protesters to keep moving.

On the Brooklyn Bridge unexpectedly, a slide of projections appeared on the Verizon Wireless building overlooking the Bridge. 99% flashed on the building, along with a mic check, in which the projection had the occupiers on the Bridge sing Happy Birthday to the two-month old Occupy Wall St movement.

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NYC on Film

 

 

99% Brooklyn Bridge, NYC. Occupy Wall St Nov. 17 Global Day of Action

leaving the Bronx

Fall evening, Central Park. NYC

One response

  1. Fantastic Tanya! Thanks so much!

    December 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm

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