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I am a New York City resident, former counselor in the New York City public school system, and sometime political activist over the last 20 years. I went down to Foley Square with close friend and photographer, Hillary Atiyeh, to participate in the Oct. 5 march with Occupy Wall Street and their many union partners. We stood in the middle of the square and were struck by something different about this crowd.
The young may the backbone of this movement, but their supporters are, more and more, who we once saw as the backbone of America -who are now being treated like greedy parasites on our economy. Together they are rejecting not only this characterization by the right, but the inaction and empty promises of the left.
Almost makes you feel patriotic.
Photography by Hillary Atiyeh.