Bi-coastal Coverage of the Occupy Wall Street Movement

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.



For more information: Here is a link to a story on the raid of Occupy Oakland’s Camp that ran on The Atlantic’s site and here is one from the NYC Day of Action

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

10 Responses so far.

  1. avatar Linda says:

    Our government seems hypocritical in standing behind the empowerment in foreign countries for change and then doing all it can to repress the occupy movement now and in the process they are fueling the desire of the protesters.

    When via the media the government seems only to lack progression in creating a sound future, whether you are of the 99% or 1%, this matters. Unemployment numbers drop more drastically in comparison to people losing benefits and being dropped rather than true progress for jobs. Government jobs being created now at the same time are slated for cutbacks in 2012 of the same jobs – more propaganda at work.

    Each and every American is part of the hiring managers for the future of our country. One vote at a time will determine whether those in Washington who have chose to ignore the people, will have jobs themselves at the end of 2012. Movements that create awareness could be key for rebuilding a country where politicians look at the voters as being lesser than including the president who made it clear  “to go back to your lives and let the professionals take care of Washington”. Occupy clearly needs a uniformed leadership, time will tell what that leadership will be and if in the best interest of the cause.

    • avatar Lila says:

      Linda, I would LOVE to see a national grass-roots campaign to push ALL Dems and Repubs out of office, even for just one term. Rabid bipartisanism has evicted all common sense, cooperation, and and sense of doing what’s right for the country. So, let’s evict the bipartisanism and let the minor parties have a crack at it. Maybe we would see a Congress able to compromise and get things done for a change. And maybe it would knock some sense back into the two major parties.

      • avatar Baby Snooks says:

        The vast majority of Americans suffer from what I call “Pied Piper Syndrome” and cannot think for themselves and have to have a “Pied Piper” who they believe will lead them to the “shinng city on the hill” and when they find themselves having been led instead to the river to frown they blame “the other party” and start looking for another “Pied Piper” within “their party” never realizing the problem is the party.  Neither party serves the people. And hasn’t for a long time. Like I like to say, the only Democrats and Republicans in this country are the fools who beleve there are Democrats and Republicans on the ballot.

        The courts have ruled that government has the right to silence the people. Few seem to have caught that.  Maybe when “Occupy Washington” begins and everyone finds their representatives having them arrested everyone will finally wake up.

  2. avatar Bonnie O says:

    On Berkeley campus, employees locked themselves in their various buildings in order to keep the protestors out of their offices.  Not all of the protestors desired to keep their activities limited to Sproul Plaza or outside University buildings.

    • avatar KarenR says:

      Huh. Berkeley’s gotten soft. Still more life than here in Ann Arbor, though. Hasn’t been a good, large, strong protest around here in a while. The financial downturn has allowed the University to become too powerful and self-serving.

      • avatar Bonnie O says:

        The protests in Berkeley were more indicative of the old “me, me” political days.  The students were continuing their protests against higher tuition costs…. protests that begain in early summer.   The Oakland “occupy protests” more-or-less against capitalism marched to meet up with the Berkeley protestors who may have some sympathy for the Wall Street bashing but whose focus (at least Berkeley protestors had a focus) was on the higher costs for schooling at Berkeley.  Average freshman yearly costs is now about $12,000.  At Standford across the Bay the cost is probably more than triple that.  The Berkeley protestors were also upset about the University admitting more out-state students than Californians to the school because out-of-state students pay almost twice what a California student would pay.

  3. avatar Lila says:

    Interesting pics. I notice the woman with the “education is not for sale” sign… but you know… it IS for sale, other than public school K-12.

    On the education front, personally, I would really like to see our system revamped to make a high school diploma really worth something again. My aunt and uncle were high school grads from a tiny, poor coal mining town in Kentucky, but went on to become an Apollo program computer tech and a Pratt & Whitney engineer, with no college at all. No way could they do that today, and that’s a big part of the problem… college costs, and if you can’t afford it, you will have a hard time finding a decent job no matter how capable you really are.

    • avatar Paul Smith says:

      Lila, it seems the middle class has been rooked yet again. People beg borrow and steal to send kids to institutions offering nothing but prestige.  Second-rate educations bought with borrowed top dollars are the norm. Occupiers now know this and are hoping banks forgive the debts. A recent study by the Pew Research Center, The Rising Age Gap in Economic Well-Being, shows the young have lost considerable ground in net worth in the last twenty five years. Your uncle and aunt benefited from some very fine minds who were then teaching high schools, as once were to be found in our state funded institutions overall. Its all rather hopeless now, unless of course you are terribly affluent. 

      • avatar Lila says:

        Hi Paul, they sure did. And the thing is, their school was a poor rural school with just two rooms. But it’s not about the building, it’s about the standards! What scares me is that today, kids who learned their basics sitting on the floor in an Indian slum,or sharing one book among 30 students somewhere in Africa, are scoring higher in math and science than our kids. Time to restore hard standards in K-12 or the US will keep falling behind.

  4. avatar Chris Glass` says:

    Occupy Wall Street and occupy other areas wouldn’t be happening at all if the country were being run right. We are seeing ill run corporations get huge bail outs – some in the trillions – then watching the top executives get huge bonuses while average jobs are being cut. Savings accounts, CD’s and money market accounts that used to earn decent interest barely get a percentage point.

    We can do something about it if enough people will actually get out and vote to oust the elected officials who play to corporate interests instead of the good of the country. If people really want change they have to start on a local level and work up.

    The Occupy movement is sending a clear signal that citizens are outraged at being stripped of the ability to earn a decent living or build savings for the future. It doesn’t matter how much education you have if the jobs aren’t there or foreign guest workers are brought in you are still unemployed. Occupy isn’t just about lack of mobility for young Americans it is about middle class workers losing jobs, the elderly losing their homes and the growing number of families forced on the streets or in shelters.