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An "Occupied" State of Mind

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"Occupy" protesters on the 4 train in the Bronx
Kate Moore

Occupy Wall Street's "Day of Action" rallies spread to all parts of New York City.

 

 

Over the past two months, the Occupy movement has attracted thousands of followers across the Big Apple. And proof of that could be seen in their Day of Action rallies, where protesters took to the streets to spread a message about economic inequality.

In the Bronx, dozens of demonstrators huddled together at the Grand Concourse on Fordham Road. New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera was there to show support. He said just two months into the movement, and he's already seen some much-needed change.

"I believe that we are now having a conversation about economic inequality and economic injustice that we weren't having six months ago. I am glad that we're having that conversation. I welcome it, " said Senator Rivera.

Rivera added that with the Bronx unemployment rate still at 13-percent, it is clear that more needs to be done to help out the "99-percent" in his district.

Twenty two-year-old Gilbert Roza joined protesters on their subway ride from Fordham Road to Foley Square. He said the time has come for another pivotal moment in history.

"I feel like this is almost as big as the '60s. And it has the potential to be bigger. I think we are at a crossroads where -- if we didn't do anything at this moment -- there would be dire consequenes," Roza explained.

Thursday marked the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. It was also the first major rally in New York City since protesters were evicted from Zuccotti Park on Tuesday morning.

 

 

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