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Occupy Wall Street spreads to City College

In support of the Occupy Wall Street movement, protesters march on the California state capitol in Sacramento, Saturday October 15, 2011. At approximately 3PM, a crowd of nearly one thousand marched from Ceasar Chavez Park to the capitol, where group organizers and supporters called for the end of government oppression and corruption. Photo by || Johnathan Comer

Approximately 100 students and instructors came together Oct. 13 for a peaceful protest in front of the campus library to support the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy College movements.

As the crowd grew, students began chanting and raising signs to voice their opinions.

“Everyone is here today because it is Occupy College’s second protest,” said English reading professor Dr. Nancy Olsen.

According to Olsen, she was able to attract a large group of students by handing out fliers to students in only a day and a half.

“From my perspective, it is raising awareness for my students because the number of students I talked to in handing out fliers for this who had not heard about Occupy Wall Street was astonishing,” said Olsen. “So part of it is education, and the second part is social justice.”
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Thursday’s protest turned out safe. Aside from raising awareness of the country’s problems, the goal was to help students realize that the only way they have a voice is in numbers, said Olsen.

Although a majority of the protestors were students, there was a group of faculty that attended to show support for students expressing their beliefs in democracy.

“I am absolutely in support of students mobilizing, students taking responsibility for their participation in the democratic process,” said history professor Dominic Cerri. “I firmly believe it is the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. If students don’t let it be known that they are being hurt by these decisions and policies then there is going to be nothing, but more of the same thing happening.”

According to student supporter Nolan Ono, students are hopeful that coming together will bring about a positive change by these types of movements.

“I think that the protest can have a positive effect. The more people we can get out here, the bigger the difference,” said Ono.

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