Occupy Wall Street Day 32: U.S. marine takes on NYPD, Mark Ruffalo shares his thoughts, will Tom Morello occupy Vancouver?
Hunger hasn't been an issue—the protesters are quite well fed—but trench foot has become a bit of a problem. Note to occupiers in Vancouver, once it starts to rain, make sure you have waterproof footwear, change your socks regularly, and get some foot powder.
In the video below, U.S. Marine Corps. Sgt. Shamar Thomas, a 24-year-old vet who has seen two tours in Iraq, confronts a couple dozen members of the NYPD over their use of violence against the Occupy Wall Street protesters.
"These people don't have guns! How can you hurt people you're supposed to be protecting?" he shouted at the officers. After the cops dispersed, he told the assembled crowd, "There is no honour in hurting unarmed civilians."
Hero of the day, for sure.
Chris Hedges stopped by Occupy Wall Street over the weekend, and had more words about revolutions and the power elites for the OWS media team.
Want more videos from the frontlines? Check out OccupyTVNY on YouTube.
NDTV has a good report on the New York action, which has entered its second month.
We Are Change's Luke Rudkowski ran into actor Mark Ruffalo at Washington Square Park. Ruffalo says he's seen none of the "fringe element" the mainstream media has been reporting. "What I saw today, which was so beautiful, was a real discussion between a lot of different people with a lot of different beliefs," said Ruffalo. "There's a lot of openness here, and it's something that's incredible to me, that is very exciting to me, and that's completely missing from the American political discourse."
Watch the video below.
Meanwhile in Vancouver, occupiers continue to camp out at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Despite near-zero temperatures, the dedicated group of protesters find ways to keep warm, namely playing music.
Workshops are starting to happen, including an anti-oppression workshop at 4:30 p.m. today. As well, general assemblies will be held twice daily at noon and 7 p.m.
Can't be at the art gallery in person? Keep up with the notes from Occupy Vancouver's general assemblies or watch the livestream below.
Want to read previous coverage? Check it out here.
Follow the irascible Miranda Nelson on Twitter at @charenton_.