An intimate look at the “Occupy” movement from our friend, Julie Dermansky
Greetings from NYC. I flew in Wednesday evening from Oakland, where I covered the raid on Occupy Oakland’s encampment and the start up of a new Occupy site in Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley, to shoot Thursday’s Occupy Wall Street Day of Action. The Oakland police handled their latest raid without violence, tear gas or mass arrests, learning from earlier mistakes. In NYC, however, police manhandled some of the protesters practicing civil disobedience. In Oakland, the police cooperated with journalists, while in NYC, cops have been arresting working photographers regardless of their credentials and keeping as many out of Zuccotti Park during an early Wednesday raid as they could. So much for freedom of the press.
My experience with the police on 11/17 varied from one officer letting me know he was part of the 99% to another who used his baton to push me back when there was no back to back up to. With Occupy Wall Street beginning its third month, American journalists no longer have to fly to a distant land to be in harm’s way covering the daily news.
Here are images from Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco and New York on 11/17, the movement’s two month anniversary.
Julie Dermansky is a multimedia reporter and artist based in New Orleans. She is an affiliate scholar at Rutgers University’s Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. Visit her site here and for her latest blog entry, click here