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Remembering Occupy Wall Street March 2011 #OWS

Updated on November 1, 2014

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Occupy Wall Street Events Evolve

Have you ever gone to the fair or circus and walked into a tent or funny house where you look into a mirror and hundreds of mirrors reflect back at you? How do you know which reflection to believe as the real you?

At first, we saw the protestors using their cameras and cellphones to record and document their actions and the actions of the guards and police. Everyone needs to have their presence and reality of the event documented in case of jail lock up or a court case.

The masses of depressed and irate civilians gather together to state their feelings and opinions mostly because they don't feel their needs have been met or their voices heard as reflected in the actions of Congress and decisions of elected representatives

They show their situation by bringing their living rooms to the banking industry, and hope to confront their oppressors. Instead, they contend with anxious police officers who mill about the crowd and the echoing chants. Just five persons were arrested.

The NYPD have been well trained and it appears they remain calm. I notice the police recording the incidence and the people with their cameras to defend their position, too. I feel badly for the police that they must deal with these situations because American lives at stake have not been cared for properly through the legal system. The bail out to the banks profited only the higher echelon and elite, rather than dispersing funds to those in need and helping people find reasonable housing, and assisting with jobs.

Our skewed and screwed up understanding of economics, politics and the trends of industry and business has brought us down further than we've ever been before. In my humble opinion, I don't think anyone has an answer.

If a group of people can invent an iPad and iPhone that can condense every technological gadget into a tiny little hand held computer, which in the past would have filled many buildings worth of massive computers, I believe we must put our heads together and get out of this twisted maze of debt and unsustainable living.

  • The video below from March 15, 2012, Occupy Wall Street as a peaceful protest against the BAC (Bank of American Corporation) illustrates the chanting voices and the sit in.
  • People brought living room furniture to show they need someplace to live and like a symbol or mock eviction, the furniture was confiscated by the police.
  • The people marched through New York's Financial District.
  • The march culminated in a foreclosure of a branch of Bank of America by the people.
  • Occupiers set up residence on the bank's sidewalk, until they were evicted by the NYPD.
  • At least five arrests were made.
  • One friend sent me a Twit Video, but they cannot be posted here on Hubpages.

OWS Forecloses Bank of America Branch New York

OccupyWallStreet Is A Peaceful Protest

This Hubpages can be read to learn about The Occupy Wallstreet Movement or to improve your social networking skills on Twitter. Study how to effectively use microblogging and hashtags through a real life example. See how crowd sourcing of information can make videos go viral. Learn how people change when they gather on-mass. Discover how when forces pit themselves against one another their emotions and behaviors change and escalate. Listen to the voices. Watch the people's body language on both sides: police and civilians.

  • The picture below shows a tweet from the OccupyWallStreetNYC organization
  • Further along you can learn about the many hashtags to aggregate and make it easy for you to search for OWS activities.
  • See how you can learn about the leaders of this movement and the voices of supporters or those against the occupiers.
  • Notice how this type of protest movement has gathered steam and people not only in all U.S. States have become involved, but even people in many countries around the world.
  • Update 2014 on legal issues and payments

Let's get organized. Ants may be smarter than people. They take care of their own.
Let's get organized. Ants may be smarter than people. They take care of their own.

Night Falls On Day Of Protest

TWITPIC  | The cop:protestor ratio @ the [closed] Brooklyn Bridge entrance is easily 2:1 right now. #OccupyWallStreet
TWITPIC | The cop:protestor ratio @ the [closed] Brooklyn Bridge entrance is easily 2:1 right now. #OccupyWallStreet | Source
Logo for Working America
Logo for Working America

Working America | Add your signature. Add your voice. Put down on paper what you think this government needs to do to help America get on track. Here's your chance to add to the list of items for Occupy Wallstreet.

Were You Part of Wall Street Protest History?

Peaceful Protest in on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City

This date October 1, 2011 will be remembered for a peaceful, yet disturbing, protest by about 1500 members of the community of Brooklyn, New York as they gathered and were entrapped on the bridge by New York City #NYPD police. The Brooklyn Bridge was closed to all traffic that day. Approximately 400 were arrested this day.

Learning How To Use Twitter Hashtags

I first learned about the New York City Protest of the 99% while on Twitter and two friends started to use the hashtag #occupywallstreet. The value and importance of this event should not be overlooked. Simultaneously, you could be on Twitter getting immediate updates from people on the scene, or retweets from others tuning in via different communication channels.

The days activity does not end when the people are rounded up or sent home to scatter to their respective abodes. I'm wondering how people will travel around the neighborhoods in the city that never sleeps? I'm tuning in to the many reports, reruns, editorials, opinion pieces and the aftermath of legal implications. i can provide still frames of my twitter feed.

Democracy Now Live Audio Stream Broadcast /tags/occupy_wall_street

While I was listening to DemocracyNow, it came to my awareness that the same voice and report was repeating over and over again. Thus, we listen to the anxious frenzied voice of mass hysteria saying, "the crowd is being pushed back by the police." As in a sit-down protest, the people chant their message, then stand up, link arms and see if they can walk off the bridge without being rounded up or harmed.

  • Inspired by the massive public protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Madrid’s Puerta del Sol Square, hundreds have camped out in a square near Wall Street since Sept. 17, 2011, as part of a campaign dubbed "Occupy Wall Street." The encampment began after a protest that attracted thousands of people and has spawned several marches, including one near Union Square that resulted in 80 arrests. Video posted online from the protest shows a police office pepper-spraying a group of young women while they were surrounded by a police netting.

A reporter communicates with friends on Twitter letting the world know what has happened.
A reporter communicates with friends on Twitter letting the world know what has happened.

Twitter Stream of #OWS

Watching The Live Feeds

I was watching the Live Video Streaming on GlobalRevolution

You could not miss the absence of mainstream media to cover this historic event. Now you can read an article on the New York Times which gets updated from time to time, but is not on the front page of the paper. Police Arrest About 500 Protesters on Brooklyn Bridge By AL BAKER and COLIN MOYNIHAN

Presently GlobalRevolution is broadcasting live from NewYorkCity Liberty Park where leaders. get up on the podium and speak or lead the crowd in chants or echos. The feeds get interrupted and lose signal. In addition to the video, the live stream of people chatting goes very quickly.


Mass Arrest At Occupy Wall Street

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Everyone Wants To Know Where Was The MainStream Media

The people of the United States have been fomenting this grassroots displeasure about the government actions to resolve our ever increasing problems in local, state, federal and world affairs.

Learning from FLASH MOB events which began as entertainment and has turned into political action, people have used technology to organize, find like-minded people, support each other to create change from the bottom up and get their representatives in government, hopefully, to listen.

Keith Olbermann Covers Occupy Wall Street Protest

Hundreds Arrested and Carried Away in Busses

Gawker Dot Com Records The BK Protest | Records an eye-witness report of the events of this day. Questions I want answered:

  • Why did the police use the tactic to entrap by "kettling" or blocking off the protesters on all sides while on the bridge?
  • What purpose does that serve, except to be able to 'tag' and identify the people who participated and take them off to the police station?
  • Were the police planning to round up hundreds of people with all the busses waiting?

Follow The Money To WallStreet

This peaceful protest of the people was a culmination of 15-days of protesting the way this country handled the economic downturn by giving away unsupervised billions of dollars to the wealthy.

Hundreds of arrests were made including one of a young girl and New York Times freelance journalist Natasha Lennard. On twitter another journalist tweeted that the police cannot arrest reporters for the media news.

History In The Making

The important piece of information about this protest in my opinion is the way the world can follow minute by minute history in the making. We can even be a part of this event via the internet. And, everything we hear being said, the people-in-the-street's twitpic photographs, satellite photos of the Brooklyn Bridge and surrounding areas, City CAM Cameras, all of the audio feeds from telephones and the livestreams and feed videos all document this event for historians to evaluate and determine what actually happened from many vantage points.

Personally, I was sending text messages to family letting them know the events while they were happening, making sure everyone was safe. Wondering what will happen next?

Photo Credit: Gawker staff writer Adrian Chen
Photo Credit: Gawker staff writer Adrian Chen

Michael Moore on OWS

Michael Moore: Occupy Wall Street will only get bigger

Learn To Use Hashtags

What We Can Learn About Social Networking

You can follow an event and conversations, plus trending topics [more about that later] by clicking the colored #hashtag of a word or phrase. Become part of the action, even if you do not live in the area. Connect with people who are on the scene. Inform others what is happening and why it is important.

Twitter Is Special

Possible Hashtags. Remember that Twitter limits to 140 characters meaning the shorter the Hashtag the more other information, profile names and retweets may be created.

  • #occupywallstreet
  • #occupywallst
  • #BKBridge
  • #OWS

Making Memories

Apathy may be one of the worst things that can happen to humanity. With the internet children, students and adults become participants in the form of observers. We know in physics that the observer can change the outcome of the movement of particles. In the same way, our group energy can make this event peaceful or non-peaceful.

At first, I had no idea what was going on. This history lesson in the making, got me interested and involved in our world. People were cheering and even chiming in on the Live Chat from what state they shouted their support. I sent tweets of #peace, others remarked #freedom. Becoming part of the group experience took the better part of the day and night to follow and explains why Twitter can be so addictive.

  • Dark Rainy Nite in NY #OccupyWallStreet You can call the National Lawyer's Guild in NYC if you're arrested. (212) 679-6018 RT @wilw
  • Mass arrests of peaceful protestors Brooklyn Bridge. No mainstream media would notice? #occupy #occupywallstreet RT @RayBeckerman @PennyRe


Top #OWS Tweets of the Day

AVAAZ.ORG Petition Website | Thousands of Americans have non-violently occupied Wall St -- an epicentre of global financial power and corruption. They are the latest ray of light in a new movement for social justice that is spreading like wildfire from Madrid to Jerusalem to 146 other cities and counting, but they need our help to succeed.

They title this page, "The World Versus Wall Street" and the petition states:
"We stand with you in this struggle for real democracy. Together we can end the capture and corruption of our governments by corporate and wealthy elites, and hold our politicians accountable to serve the public interest. We are united - the time for change has come!"

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You can see the importance of such a globally broadcast event for the people to voice their opinions and concerns in order to be heard.

You can see that the news is manipulated, covered up, and we don't get the full story unless someone sticks their neck out. We saw this with #occupywallstreet not trending and the everyone looking for the mainstream media to show up and report the news.

Police using tear gas, rubber bullets
Police using tear gas, rubber bullets


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    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Please provide those multiple examples of industry regulating itself. For some reason, and I admit I'm not an economist, I don't see industry regulating itself in keeping with public demand. One such example is the desperate need for transparency in the food industry, truth in labeling [GMO] and fair prices without price gouging.

      Too much government has a tendency to over-step their bounds into the personal lives of citizens. I do agree that many constitutional rights have been thrown out the window. Corruption through bribery and favoritism, unfortunately, comes with human nature. Thank you for your thoughts. OWS has not been my priority and top of my list for concerns lately.

      Be well, Debby

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      6 years ago from upstate, NY

      Debby- Thank you for answering my comments in depth! Now I’ll attempt to answer some of yours.

      “I'm afraid politics, powerful people, and attempts to manipulate for the interest of a few play a part in our dilemma. When a small group of people can hire experts in psychological marketing of economic theory that sounds good on paper, but does not work in reality, then we end up "in this mess!"

      While I agree with your statement, I believe it applies to a different group than you think. Most politically connected and powerful corporations welcome stronger regulatory measures because they believe it assures their advantage over their competitors. There’s a reason Wall Street firms supported Obama and the Democrats over McCain and the Republicans 2 to 1. Goldman Sachs, the largest investment banking firm in the world, since 2006 has supported the Democrats over the Republican’s by a margin of 4 to 1. Why is that? I think you can surmise the answer.

      “If you expect people to regulate themselves, or rather, industry to regulate itself, you will be sadly disappointed.”

      Few would suggest that we don’t need any regulation. We do need some common sense regulation that is in line with the limits of the Constitution and its intent. The government has the legitimate role of enforcing laws that prevent fraud and theft. The free market has a strong built in system of accountability, if firms don’t please the public they pay dearly. If they don’t produce what people want, at the right price, they go out of business. Industry has done a very good job of regulating themselves in keeping with public demand. I could give multiple examples if you’re interested.

      The very kind of legislation that movements like the OWS are demanding is what is responsible for the “disappointment” that were seeing now. Government interventions and heavily regulated markets breed corruption because the government has the power to alter the economy to favor certain groups over others. If the government remained inside its constitutional limits there would be a lot less money and corruption in politics.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Hello WBA - I'm glad to hear you can sympathize with the frustrations of those supporting the OWS movement by taking a view from their perspective. As you said, it is not secret that the government openly supports corporations who have the funds for major lobbying efforts. They receive the ear and pockets of those who have been voted into office and the others who have been appointed.

      When the people of this country feel disregarded, their needs unmet, their voices unheard, we can expect civil disobedience, cries of despair and disapproval.

      You have posed some good questions. Where should be people direct their anger, sadness, and frustration? Who should they approach with their concerns and demands? Where should they focus their energy to repair the situation?

      Do you feel that: 1) They votes these people into office so may feel guilty because they supported these people in the first place? 2) They have tried in the past to make strides in Washington and with this failure find it hopeless to try again? 3) Regard the Washington system as locking them out of a free speech area? Could there be a number of reasons why they did not go directly to Washington, DC?

      I'm afraid politics, powerful people, and attempts to manipulate for the interest of a few play a part in our dilemma. When a small group of people can hire experts in psychological marketing of economic theory that sounds good on paper, but does not work in reality, then we end up "in this mess!"

      I believe we need some government regulations to protect and preserve the rights of individuals, without dominating, forcing and becoming authoritarian. In my personal opinion, governing at the local level, with an even and compassionate hand, when individual needs have been considered, we will have a better run country. When government becomes so unwieldy , it may lose the ability to properly secure the rights of individuals and loses a clear vision, leading to corruption.

      I also think that energy moves toward disorder, chaos and crisis. When this state results we have the impetus to look for solutions, to change and make improvements. Letting others take responsibility and keep order means that the general populous has not taken an active roll in maintaing a government of the people and for the people. Bit-by-bit, we have been losing our rights. We have reached that point of crisis.

      If you expect people to regulate themselves, or rather, industry to regulate itself, you will be sadly disappointed. Human nature will take over, unless we are talking about highly conscientious and ethical people. Industry absolutely needs regulation by an outside force to keep it in check. In the same way that government needs an outside force (citizenry) to keep it in check.

      I'm not sure of the outcome, but, the only way things in the nation will improve comes from the inner soul of every person to recognize the power of unity, the compassion for their fellow human being and that the greatest power and ruler is God.



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      6 years ago from upstate, NY

      I can sympathize with the frustrations of those supporting the OWS movement. The government is blatantly favoring large politically connected corporations at the expense of taxpayers and smaller competitors.

      What often mystifies me though, is why they occupying Wallstreet but not Washington DC where the problem originates. Government interventions in the private sector created this kind of corruption. Government regulations, bailouts and subsidies created an environment that tempts and motivates corporations to turn these actions to their advantage. Yes of course there are greedy and corrupt businessmen out their but is that really the problem?

      Now those in the OWS want the government to step in to heavily regulate the private sector. The irony here is that they're demanding the very actions that caused the conditions we're now seeing. Historically whenever the government steps in the regulate industry, large and politically favored businesses turn this to their advantage.

      If OWS wants to stop the corruption they see, they should demand that Washington, abide by the Constitution and get out of the private sector.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Hello Christoph ~ Social networking has changed how the world communicates. Looking forward to the future. Thanks so much for leaving a message. I will keep watching what happens in Greece. Blessings, Debby

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      Christoph Reilly 

      7 years ago from St. Louis

      Yes, the absence of coverage by mainstream media was more than just noticeable, it was indicative of a suppression of the movement. But, just as happened in Greece, we are proving that we don't need mainstream media. We have our own and we know how to use it. I think the more they try to suppress this movement, and begin to fear it and attempt to discredit it (already happening), the stronger the movement will become. Thanks for the great post.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Dear Grifter ~ thanks for the vote of confidence. I hope people check out the resource links on this page. Vote your conscience!

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      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great hub!! Sign the petition if not in New York!!

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Hello Shea ~ Little by little the word about undercover activity becomes known by the masses. We just must tell the story. I will have to pop over to your hubs and profile and take a look. Thanks for commenting today! Blessings, Debby

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      shea duane 

      7 years ago from new jersey

      great hub debby. i wrote a hub about the book, The Smartest Guys in the Room re: Enron. if people want to see exactly what we're protesting, the culture of greed in America, they should read that book.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Rich ~ Love to read your thoughts on these issues. Wondering what's going to happen next. My twitter friend just sent me a petition link. Enforce all Labor Laws & Protect All Whistleblowers in Government & all other US Workplaces from Unlawful Retaliation! | The White House You're doing fabulously on Hubpages these days. Be well, Debby

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Splendid article and well written. Something has to give soon. All the economies are down and the bankers are getting billions not millions but billions of bonuses. I always had the suspicion they created it and so they did. The Eurozone is near benkruptcy. Yet nobody will take any measurements and they can be taken. Why, because they can't fill their pockets anymore. Any of them

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Hello Dolores ~ I really agree with your assessment. We talk about pushing and pulling information in this technological era. Most people don't realize that mainstream media "pushes" the messages they want the people to hear and thus, each person must seek out and "pull" in the topics and details of current events by viewing 'alternative' channels. Blessings, Debby

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      It amazes me how many people don't know about this demonstration. But these days, you can't rely on mass media for an accounting of the real news. And the stories that you do hear on TV or radio - best to dig deeper to get the full story. I applaud the bravery of these folks. It can't be easy what with the intimidation tactics.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Hi AngelTrader - Interesting take on these activities. I prefer not to generalize. Many are not happy with the administration's handling of the economy. But, it takes more than one man to make all decisions and turn things around. I'm happy people are speaking out and investigating the politics. Thanks for your input. Debby

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      7 years ago from New Zealand

      I think Americans would be better served marching on the corrupt, private Federal Reserve organisation rather than Wall Street. The Fed are the ones pulling all the financial strings and along with the City of London control all global economic activity. Wall Street are merely players.

      The irony is many of the protesters are keen for Obama to be re-elected yet his main source of election funds come from Wall Street!

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Dear Gary ~ Thanks for being part of the educational process on the times and modern life. I'll check out your sight. Blessings, Debby

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      Gary Anderson 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Hi Debbie, I advocated marching on Wall Street, peacefully, rather than on DC, a long time ago. This is because the power of finance effecting the lives of average Americans lies with big finance. I am happy to see that many have actually done this, and I am happy that I could contribute. You can see more of my writings, 60 articles at Business Insider where I contribute. I do it with no compensation. My url there is

      I try to sell a few ebooks based upon those articles and based upon articles written at Hubpages to offset my internet costs.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Dear Penelope ~ I expect there will be a number of viewpoints regarding the events of the day. All along I was thinking about the marathons, parades and other annual events that close down major thoroughfares and even bridges.

      New York City police and local authorities contend with pedestrian bridge crossings and this day should have been no different. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island has no walking lanes, only official car lanes, however, on special occasions, such as the New York City Marathon, stays open to bikers, walkers or cyclists only. NY City also hosts a 5K run across the bridge.

      Therefore, I accept no excuse for the NYPD handled the crowd. Watching on live stream, it did not appear as if the majority of people were disorderly, high on drugs, disobedient or causing any violence. I heard a lot of call and chant like when kids go to camp to unify their voice. The entire world was watching. Let's hope everyone is safe and sound. Let's pray that we learn a lesson from Gandhi's peaceful protest and sit-down methods.

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      Jenise Fryatt 

      7 years ago

      EXCELLENT rundown Debbie. I was watching the live stream and the Twitter stream most of the day yesterday. I live in California. And,to the above commenter and all those who agree with him, maybe I can help clarify. The protest is against Wall Street hijacking and ruining our country and the demand is that our "freely" elected government do something to get our country back. It's really not that confusing.

      The level of frustration and despair in this country is such that this event was inevitable and will be followed by others.

      Thanks so much for sharing this historic moment with the blogosphere.

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      7 years ago

      They closed down a major bridge and caused disruption, and didn't actually protest a specific thing…mainly got together to protest "the man" and smoke pot. How is this a good thing?

      They need to learn to organize better, know what they are specifically against, and they will probably have more of an effect (without causing major chaos for innocent citizens who have nothing to do with wall street or the protestors who just need to get someplace).

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Hello PoeticMentor ~ The movement will be growing and more people will learn about it due to social networking. I have been up all these hours. I watched on GlobalRevolution the speeches from Liberty Park, which were also inspiring, most especially the well behaved crowds and the call of the voices together in unison. Thank you for taking care of all the people. Blessings, Debby

      P.S. I'll take a look at your hub

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      Asahda Shavaja Poet of the New Age 

      7 years ago from New York City

      I participated in the protests with no camera but many of my friends had them. It was a surreal and yet a liberating experience that everyone should feel. If this does anything it will definitely wake up Americans. I plan to go back tomorrow because I did not make down there today. I fully support this movement it is well over due! Please read my very first hub on my brief stay for the cause. I took water and snacks and they were grateful for the support. Many people are now getting behind this historical movement and media is just now covering it(half ass) Thank you for a very informative hub. Many do not know this is happening and is starting up in other states as well. As this grows I will be on the front lines reporting to those who are in the dark. Again great hub. God Bless. Keep covering this!


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