They're Still There! Occupy Wall Street Holds Sunday Rally at Liberty/Zuccotti Park
Sunday November 20th, downtown Broadway was blocked off and the traffic diverted to the left down Liberty Street. Zuccotti Park was buzzing with demonstrators holding signs, conversing, sharing and meeting one another for the first time. A number were there from other parts of New York State: Buffalo, Albany. Many had traveled from other states to be there and show their support. This is typical of the movement which has inspired demonstrators to continue with an even fiercer determination after the setback of the early morning raid to clear the park last Tuesday.
Sunday was a day of encouragement and inspiration. E-mails had gone out. Announcements had been made on the Occupy Wall Street website. It was Elder Day. Civil Rights leaders from past decades spoke and encouraged the present Occupiers that their taking a stand was yielding results and bringing awareness. Elders insured that as with any stand to overcome injustice, the work to be done initially appears to be daunting. There are always setbacks. But with non violent civil disobedience, unjust laws cannot stand. Eventually, such laws implode because the weight of the burden of hate that has created them and has allowed them to trump goodness and human decency can only last for a season.
Former leaders spoke of arrests. They spoke of injuries by "over zealous" law enforcement. But they had prevailed and their civil liberties were upheld as they exercised their right to assemble, protest and speak out. One woman who identified herself as Rebecca from Greenham Common who is currently with "Women in Black," hailed from England. She had fought with other women against nuclear weapons' manufacturing. She said that where a plant once was, "now there are cows grazing." She ended her inspiring discussion by singing a ballad that the women had written and sung to encourage each other when "the going was very rough." Protesters joined in the refrain and sang with her. She also asked the protesters to remember that they should uphold peaceful means and decry war at every turn.Continued on the next page