Wall Street protesters sweep into Brooklyn
by Pauline Hsia
Oct 19, 2011 | 833 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Occupy Brooklyn advocate raises sign for cars to honk in support of the 99 percent of people.
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The first Occupy Brooklyn rally was held on October 15, under the Grand Army Plaza’s Arch, where Wall Street protesters held large signs demanding basic rights and chanted “We are the 99 percent!”

Protesters gathered to express their resentment of domestic and foreign policies they said led to economic and social injustice, such as student debt and bank bailouts.

As a member of the Outreach team, Ben Yost handed out flyers to pedestrians who were interested in the movement.

“I think that’s really what the movement needs,” Yost said in regards to Wall Street protesters expanding to other boroughs. “To reach the people who are hardest hit by the economic situation and to get the voice of the people from all communities involved throughout all five boroughs.”

As an expansion of Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Brooklyn is a resistance movement urging Brooklynites from all backgrounds to come together to no longer tolerate the wealthy one percent of society, who protesters said control the economy and government.

The Occupy movement uses revolutionary Arab Spring tactics, where nonviolent resistance is employed, such as demonstrations and occupations, protesters said.

Additionally, Occupy Brooklyn demonstrators said they believe that elected officials cannot be trusted due to their greed and corruption. In an exercise of Direct Democracy, where people make decisions for themselves rather than have a political figure decide, people should show their representatives that “we the people know and hold real power," they said.

“I think eventually politicians will have to listen to us,” said Sara Gronim, a Brooklyn resident who is a professor at C.W. Post, Long Island University.

“I think it’s the only thing we have to go up against corporate money because we don’t have the money to persuade them. It’s got to be our voices,” Gronim said.

Currently, there is no leader for the Occupy Wall Street movement and demonstrators have no set demands, however those who attend the protests are asked to voice their personal demands at follow-up meetings.

“We developed a movement that has no leader,” Jed Brandt, an editor for the Occupied Wall Street newspaper and local resident said, “that no one can be bought, or bribed, or threatened, and the actual action is participation.”

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