Saturday, March 17th, 2012 – The Occupy Wall Street Movement celebrated its 6 month anniversary.
Sabado, 17 de Marzo, 2012 – El Movimiento Ocupa Wall Street celebró el aniversario de su sexto mes de ocupación. Para celebrar el medio año de existencia y celebrar esta fecha realizaron una marcha con cientos de participantes. El lugar de la reunión fue el ya legendario Zuccotti Park, rebautizado como la Plaza de la Libertad.
El Movimiento empezó el Sabado, 17 de septiembre del 2011 en Zuccotti Park, el distrito financiero en Manhattan, Nueva York en protesta contra las desigualdades económicas y se extendió rápidamente por todo el país y el mundo.
Los manifestantes marcharon por las calles del bajo Manhattan. Se detuvieron enfrente del “New York Stock exchange” y continuaron su marcha hasta regresar a la Plaza de la Libertad. Algunas personas estaban en la banqueta a un lado del parque y fueron arrestadas por la policía. Fueron arrestadas solo por estar en la banqueta.
An official message from the Facebook page of Occupy Wall Street: “Happy Anniversary to you! Yeah you. You are Occupy Wall Street. Six months ago today we started something that can not be stopped. Where it goes from here is up to you. Like this if you will continue to march, dance, reclaim, blockade camp, organize, learn and build. Another world is not only possible, it is under construction. Happy Anniversary! See you in the streets and in our parks.”
The celebration started with an event organized by Parents for Occupy wall Street.
The Children’s Chalkupation
Liberty Plaza / Zuccotti, Thursday March 8th, around 11pm, 3 occupiers were arrested and detained for over 20 hours for the heinous acts of criminal trespass and graffiti. What specifically was their criminal activity? – 2 were arrested for drawing on the ground with sidewalk chalk, the 3rd for watching them!
This latest example of the NYPD subjecting outrageous oppression on peaceful OWS protesters, and suppression of first amendment free speech in a 24 hour public park is a waste of time and police resources.
Immediately following the arrests @OWSTactical called for a ‘Chalkupation’ to show solidarity with the arrested.
On Saturday March 17 at 11 am, Parents for Occupy Wall St. and their children called for all of New York’s children and parents to join to take colored sticks of calcium carbonate in their hands and defiantly ‘Chalkupy’ Liberty Plaza for the right to play freely in public space!
Parents and children covered the park with vibrant chalks of 99% Super Heroes, OWS Kids Characters, and 1% Meanies.
Last December a Parents For Occupy Wall St. action exposed the fact that NYPD bullying, knows no boundaries, when officers destroyed their children’s artwork at City Hall. 5000 paper hearts were decorated and displayed to represent the number of Occupy arrests, which is now approaching 7000.
After “The Children’s Chalkupation”, protesters marched downtown Manhattan. Aproximately 500 people were there today. They went back to Liberty Plaza (Zuccotti Park). New York City Police Officers arrested at least 5 people. Their crime? Standing on a public sidewalk.
“The energy is back at Zuccotti Park,” said New York City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan). Rodriguez was arrested on November 15, the day the NYPD evicted protesters from Liberty Plaza.
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is a protest movement that began on Saturday, September 17, 2011 in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City’s Wall Street financial district. OWS was initiated by the Canadian activist group Adbusters and has led to Occupy protests and movements around the world. The OWS protests are against social and economic inequality, greed, corruption and the undue influence of corporations on government—particularly from the financial services sector. Their slogan, We are the 99%, addresses the growing income inequality and wealth distribution in the U.S. between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population. To effect change OWS engages in “direct action” instead of petitioning authorities. Zuccotti Park was renamed “Liberty Plaza”. You can see pictures of the past 6 months here.
Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.
MORE PHOTOS COMING SOON!
VIDEOS OF THE CELEBRATION AND ARRESTS
Celebrating OWS 6 months anniversary at Liberty Plaza in the morning of March 17th.
Condensed footage of some of the happenings on the Anniversary of the #OWS protests
OWS Afternoon Arrests – 6 Month Anniversary – RAW FOOTAGE
On March 17 , OWS demonstrators gathered for their Six month anniversary, were people re-occupied Zucotti Park. This footage begins around 9 O’clock,and shows the gathering that took place along with many arrests.The NYPD orders all to evacuate in order for the park to be “Cleaned”. Many stayed and were then arrested. Here are those events.— Wonderful music by Ignacio Nunez- song is called La cajita de musica—–
NYPD’s Iron Fist: OWS Re-Occupation Arrests: Protester Has Seizure in Handcuffs