How many ways are there to say, “It’s time for change”? The protesters in New York City over the past few months have found a seemingly endless variety. This is a movement that refuses to be boxed in and it doesn’t look like it’s going away soon.
Scraggly protesters camped out in public parks. Young people pepper sprayed and bloodied in clashes with the police. These are the images that have come to represent the Occupy movement. But as these portraits show, the reality is far richer. The occupiers deserve to be heard.
Last Thursday morning, when protesters blocked an intersection in a failed attempt to shut down Wall Street, the police moved in with force. The national media paid scant attention. Here’s the view from the street.