October 6, 2011

The Scene at Foley Square: A Rally of New Yorkers

Several thousand New Yorkers came to Foley Square late yesterday afternoon to participate in a community and labor rally in support of the Occupy Wall Street protests. The rally ended with a march to the Financial District and Zuccotti Park, the current home base for the demonstrators.

Community & Labor Rally & March, Occupy Wall Street

The weather for the event was clear and bright, a stellar afternoon in early October. Foley Square is located in the Civic Center of the city. Two courthouses dominate the east side of the square - the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse and the New York State Supreme Court. If you've seen any episode of Law & Order, you're already familiar with the steps of the Supreme Court building.

Many New Yorkers, along with hundreds of supporters from beyond the state and passersby and the curious, assembled in Foley Square.

Some were wise owls.
Community & Labor Rally & March, Occupy Wall Street

And some were people with ancient wisdom.
Community & Labor Rally & March, Occupy Wall Street

And clean-cut people asked for jobs.
Community & Labor Rally & March, Occupy Wall Street

Doctors and nurses came to Foley Square,
Community & Labor Rally & March, Occupy Wall Street

and many musicians came, too.
Community & Labor Rally & March, Occupy Wall Street

Born-again Americans arrived. And so did the NYPD.
Community & Labor Rally & March, Occupy Wall Street

Housecleaners showed their support,
Community & Labor Rally & March, Occupy Wall Street

as well as members of the entertainment industry we've seen in the movies and on TV.
Community & Labor Rally & March, Occupy Wall Street

By late afternon, thousands of New Yorkers had arrived, streaming into the park from across the Brooklyn Bridge and from uptown and downtown.
Community & Labor Rally & March, Occupy Wall Street

And just as the swelling crowd outgrew the park...it was time to start walking.
Community & Labor Rally & March, Occupy Wall Street

Images by Walking Off the Big Apple from October 5, 2011. And I walked, too.

Related posts:
At the National Museum of the American Indian: An Infinity of Beauty (in part about the language of Occupy Wall Street).
Situating Zuccotti Park: The Landscape of the Wall Street Protest

1 comment:

Anton Deque said...

Why are people so patient? That was the thought expressed by Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee. Despite the whacky fringes that always attach themselves to large public demontrations like this one on Wall Street, numbers of those present represent a far larger constituency of working people who are one pay day away from penury and know it. Those who have never had the opportunity to run up huge debts are being required to fork out for those that did. The injustice of this is supremely evident.

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