OWS: The building that shouted love at the heart of the city

  • Published on November 18th, 2011

Occupy Wall street - love projected on the Verizon buildingAs 30,000 marchers crossed the Brooklyn Bridge, Occupy Wall Street once again demonstrated that it was a movement that could shine a spotlight on the parts of America that need to change – and the parts of America that make it so amazing, so inspiring.

Using a high-powered projector, they cast a spell on the Verizon building and turned it into a giant poetic karaoke machine for the thousands of demonstrators crossing the river.

“Mic check,” it suggested, and they echoed it back.

Look around
You are a part
Of  a global uprising
We are a cry
from the heart
of the world
We are unstoppable
Another world is possible
Happy birthday
#Occupy Movement
Occupy Wall Street/Oakland/Los Angeles… etc.
Occupy Earth
We are winning
It is the beginning
of the beginning
Do not be afraid
LOVE

We are unstoppable
Another world is possible
99%

Here’s most of it, courtesy of a news helicopter that kept its focus (mostly) on the spectacle.

Xeni Jardin of BoingBoing interviewed Mark Read, the person behind the “bat-signal.”

“… But we started thinking about creating a more unifying moment. A celebration of the birthday of Occupy Wall Street. Maybe taking the roadway and having lots of arrests might not be best thing. What if we took the pedestrian walkway, and gave out LED candles? We would give out 10,000 LED tea candles, a river of light streaming over the walkway.

And a guy named Hero, who has been central to a lot of facets of the occupation since the beginning, turns to me and says, “We need a bat signal. The 99%.”

Read the whole thing… it’s an incredibly moving story.

…I watched 9/11 happen from my rooftop in Park Slope. I was there. It’s been a crazy decade since then, a fearful time. And our leaders have stoked those fears, there’s been a lot of fear mongering. It’s been like that for a decade, and it feels like we are turning a page. I know we’re heading into winter in New York, but this feels like springtime.

…We have to throw off our despair about the future world we might be facing, because if we come together as people and humanity, we can change it. And what Occupy Wall Street makes me feel is that for the first time in a long time that might be possible.

About the Author

Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.