Atlanta - 10/17/2011
The atmosphere in Woodruff Park was one of quiet resistance as the 5 pm deadline for the Occupy Atlanta protestors to leave approached. Some played soccer, others passed out water and lemonade; some just layed in the grass and slept. One man, 40-year-old Robert Pouncey of Los Angeles, was trying to make his voice heard.
"The world's perception is that America is the land of the free... When in reality, it's still the land of the slave," he told a small crowd of onlookers.
Many in the park expressed a desire for more radical protests in the form of corporate boycotts.
"We start at Walmart and we stop spending our dollars there!" Pouncey yelled to a mixed crowd of union workers, students, neo-cons, liberals and news media.
While some in the park weren't as voluminous in their battle cries, they were no less forceful because of it. One man, who claimed to be a homeless Army veteran, quietly but passionately told his story to a group of stragglers who opted not to join the "official" tour of the Occupy Atlanta base camp.
"Do you know what it's like to be in Afghanistan? Kuwait? And then come home and be looked down on?" he asked.
While the protestors rallied and rhetoric filled the air, 5 pm came and went, with no sign of law enforcement. No dogs. No riot gear. Just a park. With people.
--Benjamin Burton Jr. 10/17/2011
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