Photo by myself at Cortlandt and Liberty Streets, in the Financial District.
The protests in the Financial District are going on strong.
Supporters of Occupy Wall Street have been demonstrating for over two weeks, now. This was the scene on Wednesday morning. A makeshift camp is located just steps away from the World Trade Center construction site.
People young and old have been protesting disparity of wealth in this country and the mess created by Wall Street greed. Occupy Wall Street maintains that larger perspective is required beyond personal gain.
At first glance, the camp looks more like a wild sleepover than a political movement. People were drawing up big signs, conducting interviews and meditating. Some folks were still asleep, wrapped up in blankets on the pavement.
I spoke to one fellow at the camp site. 'People have been here 17 days', he said.
'So what do people expect to happen?' I asked. He shrugged.
'I'm a little out of it,' I said, playing devil's advocate and admitting my cavewoman status. 'I mean, this is a capitalist country, right?' Pause. 'People are just trying to make money'.
'I'm not', he said.
One fellow inked a sign that said 'This is not Bonaroo [the music festival], this is War.'
Rally signs were all over the place. A drum set lurked in the background.
For the Occupy Wall Street site, which includes photos and a daily schedule of events, click here.
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