And unlike that article by columnist Ginia Belafante that simply labelled the protesters as "scatterbrained, sometimes borderline-psychotic transients", this one actually seems to have some thought put into it:
It all began when a Canadian advocacy magazine, Adbusters, posted a call for action on its blog in July. A New York group naming itself the General Assembly, inspired by recent meetings in Madrid, began to hold organizing meetings in Tompkins Square and other public places, leading to a Sept. 17 march near Wall Street. Shooed away from Wall Street, the protesters wound up in Zuccotti Park, which is bounded by Broadway and Liberty Street and has become their base.
Most of the demonstrators are in their teens or 20s, but plenty are older. Many are students. Many are jobless. A few are well-worn anarchists. Others have put their normal lives on pause to try out protesting and see how it feels.
Not all of them can articulate exactly why they are here or what they want. Yet there is a conviction rippling through them that however the global economy works, it does not work for them.
The above photo is by Marnie Joyce who, together with Brennan Cavanaugh and Paul Weiskel have licensed their photos under a Creative Commons license. You can see the full gallery on Public Intelligence.
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