Bev, Edith, Joan P and I went to Zuccotti Park (Liberty St & Broadway) in the drizzly afternoon of the 4th day of the occupation. When we showed up the demonstrators were meeting with a lawyer who is helping with legal strategies.
The sound system for the meeting was extraordinary. The demonstrators do not have a sound permit so the lawyer said a few words and paused. The people nearest the speaker repeated the words in chorus for the benefit of those who were farther away.
When the demonstrators wanted to show approval they did so silently.
The system worked. Everyone at the meeting (even us half-deaf grannies) was able to follow the discussion. And it more than worked. There was a quiet dignity, a sense of connectedness, respect and cooperation that no electronic sound amplification system has ever produced.
Two marches each day are timed for the opening and closing of the Stock Exchange.
As the afternoon march began promptly at 3:30PM we put on our yellow Granny Peace Brigade tunics and started walking. Again and again we were showered with thank yous and hugs from the ardent, heroic young people around us.
See you in the streets.
- Eva-Lee Baird
for the Granny Peace Brigade
Photos 1,2,4,6 & 7 Eva-Lee Baird
Photos 3 & 5 Edith Cresmer