Produced by Victoria Zegler
NOVEMBER 17, 2011 – DAY OF ACTION
Marking the two-month anniversary of the occupation, Thursday November 17, 2011 was a “day of action” which started off with over a thousand labor activists and members of various community groups gathered to shut down Wall Street.
Occupy Wall Street’s “day of action” started with a crowd estimated between 500 to 1,000 who marched in the wake of the movement’s eviction from Zuccotti Park two days prior now with strong efforts to shut down the New York Stock Exchange in downtown Manhattan. Protestors affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement began their march with tens of thousands in solidarity to Foley Square with laborers demanding jobs to rebuild the country’s infrastructure and economy while chanting, “this is a non-violent protest,” as police responded with clubs and plastic zip ties and handcuffed over 200 of the marchers without incident Thursday morning at Zuccotti Park, Broadway & Liberty Street in New York, New York. Brooklyn resident Anthony Rogers, 42, standing outside of the 7th Avenue station at the intersection of Wall Street and William Street in the Financial District of Manhattan watched Occupy Wall Street protestors enter the terminal for their day of action Thursday, November 17, 2011 in New York, New York.
“I don’t accept those who think it’s their right to control our economic and political situation, it’s not reasonable and we all must do something about it immediately,” Rogers said. “[Children] will learn soon enough that there is no democracy in America, the sad thing is that when I look in their eyes, they’re not even aware of it yet.”
More than a thousand students from universities across the city marched up Union Square meeting one another from the west side of Manhattan as they chanted, “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!” and “Show me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like!” as students expressed their outrage over the increasing tuition costs and rising amounts of student loan debt mid-afternoon Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the north end of the Union Square pavilion in New York, New York. This was part of a national day of ‘solidarity’ and action in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement that saw its symbolic residence at Zuccotti Park removed by a surprise N.Y.P.D. raid on Tuesday, November 15. The group of demonstrators, which included college students from Cooper Union, the New School, CUNY, NYU, Brooklyn College and Julliard, walked out of class planning to march down to Foley Square for a rally while other protestors intended on taking their message to the subways in an attempt to persuade commuters to join them at Foley Square.