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Occupy Wall St, Nov. 17 Global Day of Action: part 3

Part three of my series of Occupy Wall St Nov. 17 Global Day of Action:

After protesters broke free of the standoff with police over getting in or out of Zuccotti, the occupiers marched 2.4 mi to Union Sq for the student protest rally. The NYPD marched beside the protesters in the street kicking most on the sidewalk. At Union Sq a hundreds met in solidarity for students and educators. After The students took to the streets and completely stopped traffic. Look outs ran ahead to see what streets the police had barricaded to control the direction of the protesters.

(we waited for the crowd to move along, then got onto the subway to Foley Sq)

An estimated 30,000 people convened in Foley Sq. A sea of protesters each with different signs and reasons to participate in OWS’s Global Day of Action. A long police barricaded-off path was created for protesters marching to the Brooklyn Bridge. This time OWS community supporters helped with NYPD to keep protesters on the legal foot path bridge.

There unexpectedly, a slide of projections appeared on the Verizon Wireless building overlooking the Bridge. 99% flashed on the building, along with a mic check, in which the projection had the occupiers on the Brooklyn Bridge sing Happy Birthday to the two-month old Occupy Wall St movement.

Some protesters, tired with miles in their soles took the subway home, many- in true fashion- attended the General Assembly.

Nov. 15’s eviction was just a step in the evolution of this movement, as many sign read “you can’t evict an idea.”

A makeshift drum line marches

OWS protesters march from Zuccotti Park to Union Sq. with NYPD police following them along the sidewalks edge the whole 2.4 mi walk.

Union Sq, OWS student protest

"WE'RE BACK" OWS protesters at Union Sq Nov. 17

An man sits and reads "The Master Game" inside a Barnes & Noble overlooking Union Sq. and OWS's student protest on Nov. 17 Global Day of Action

The People's Library found a temporary spot occupying the sidewalk outside of Barnes & Noble in Union Sq. The books of OWS's People's Library were thrown into a dumpster when NYPD officials evicted Zuccotti Park protesters. The remaining books were carried around by protesters during Nov. 17 OWS's national day of action

OWS People's Library books

Student protesters take over the street

Student protesters take over the street and block all traffic, even leaving a sign leaned up against a stopped car.

Occupy the Subways

est. 30,000 people convene in Foley sq

Sara_lauren, last name with held, cries during a song sung by senior citizens over the microphone during Occupy Wall St's rally at Foley Sq during OWS Nov. 17 Global Day of Action. "I'm just so moved by the collection of people i couldn't of people i couldn't help crying," said Sara-Lauren a musician/rapper from Brooklyn.

Foley Sq. march to the Brooklyn Bridge

An NYPD officer on horseback takes a photo of OWS protesters marching from Foley Sq. to the Brooklyn Bridge as they snap photos of him, while another police officer tells them to keep moving.

unexpectedly, projects appeared on the Verizon Wireless building beside the Brooklyn Bridge. 99% flashed on the building, along with a mic check, in which the projection had the occupiers on the Brooklyn Bridge sing Happy Birthday to the two-month old Occupy Wall St movement.

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Occupy Wall St, Nov. 17 Global Day of Action: part 2

Images from the early afternoon on Occupy Wall St’s Nov. 17 Global Day of Action. From Zuccotti Park to the fight to march down Wall St and back to the park where a cat and mouse game ensued with the NYPD barricades and the Occupiers. It was a game of strategies before the thousands of occupiers left Zuccotti and marched 2.4 miles to Union Sq.

Early afternoon rally at Foley Park, Nov. 17.

NYPD in riot gear line up along Wall St keeping protesters out of the street, Nov. 17.

A scuffle between NYPD and protesters led to OWS medics being called in on Wall St., Nov. 17

Christian Ruiz, 18, and girlfriend Bianca Rosario, 17 hug on Wall st. during Nopv. 17's OWS national day of action. Both attend the Borough of Manhattan Community College. When asked about the occupy movment, Ruiz said "I like it- it makes sense fighting for the future."

Occupiers dance in celebration when retaking Zuccotti Park Nov. 17

Troy Odendhal stands near a meditating occupier. Odendhal is at Occupy Wall St for his father, a part-time transist worker who was unjustisly fired for a work injury.

Occupy Wall St, Nov. 17 national day of action at Zuccotti Park.

The books of OWS's People's Library were thrown into a dumpter when NYPD offcials evicted Zuccotti Park protesters. The remaining books were carried around by protesters during Nov. 17 OWS's national day of action

Zuccotti Park after the eviction of the protesters as seen during on Nov 17.

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Detroit’s hopefull homeless

"You're telling me you can't put people in these abandon buildings, to let them sleep," proclaimed Tony. Tony is a homeless man in downtown Detroit. He used to sleep in a window sill outside of the Old Wayne County building which is also abandoned. UPDATE: Tony is now involved in Occupy Detroit and has since been sleeping in a tent at the occupation and acting as a security guard for the camp site keeping away thieves and drunken troublemakers.

Tony at the abandon playground outside of the Old Wayne County building where he keeps his blankets and belongings.

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Chris S. (right) reenacts a beating Christopher P. took for not giving a homeless man a cigarette, resulting in a black eye and broken ribs. Both Chris's have been homeless in Detroit for 6 months. Christopher arrived at DTW airport from Latin American in just flip flops and shorts and found he was abandon in the city with no way out. Chris, was a victim of domestic abuse, he lost his job and his credit was ruined. Both Chris's are originally from southern California, they found each other in a Detroit shelter and have decided to stick together to make it out of the city alive. UPDATE: Chris&Chris made it on a train to Las Vegas with their bridge cars full. They got out of the cold and harsh Detroit streets. Hopefully soon they will both be back on their feet.

Christopher P. was picked up outside of Cots Shelter, 26 Peterboro Detroit, along with 9 other homeless to hand out Home Land Security information (with Mayor David Bing's image on it) to businesses around Detroit. A church van picks them up and takes them to various locations to be dropped off to hand out flyers. They only get paid $5 an hour, way under the minimum wage. They must carry 80lbs. of paper/magnets to distribute. They walk miles to do so, hitting the pavement for up to 10 hours. The day before this photo was taken, Christopher and Chris were in the van with 9 other homeless guys sitting on milk crates. The van caught fire on the highway and the driver refused to pull over right away, smoke filled the back caged area they were in, the back door locked so they could not escape. Their friend, Q, who has asthma started to suffocate and said it was the scariest moment of his life. "You couldn't see one foot in-front of you the smoke was so thick," said Chris. This is just one of the unfair labor practices and experiences he had to go through.

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