On September 22nd, one day after the historic People's Climate March drew 400,000 concerned citizens to the streets of New York, a smaller but no less committed group of thousands of protesters went down to Wall Street to call out and challenge the finance industry's role in despoiling the planet. Unlike the previous day's march, Flood Wall Street was a non-permitted direct action, meaning that participants risked arrest and pepper spray for expressing their views. Indeed, reports estimate that about 100 protesters were booked for participating in Flood Wall Street – but their message came through loud and clear. Here are the best photos from the day.
The Rude Mechanical Orchestra open the rally to kick off Flood Wall Street.
Speakers gather for a People's Mic (the organizing tool popularized by Occupy Wall Street) to share experiences and build awareness about the issues they are fighting for.
One protester speaks about how corporations are affecting her land: "Toxic sludge flowed into our tributary rivers."
Participants and organizers prep for the march towards Wall Street, with a big prop.
Protesters write emergency contact numbers on their bodies in the event that they are arrested.
Protesters singing: "The people are rising, no more compromising/People gonna rise like water/Gotta calm this crisis down…"
The first arrest of the day: At 1:30 p.m., a protestor is taken into custody from the general sit-in area after climbing a structure. It took at least 15 officers to get him in custody.
An organizer makes an announcement to the general group around 3:15 p.m., announcing plans for the next step of the action. The main idea is to rally for a short time longer before marching even closer to Wall Street. "We're being super disruptive. We will still be resilient when we go home."
The group continues on its way to Wall Street.
Confrontation begins at the barricade to Wall Street. Protesters chant at police: "Who do you serve?"
Medics attend to protesters who have been pepper sprayed at the barricade.
A protester dressed as a polar bear hangs out in front of the police barricade after the action in front of Wall Street begins to settle. (The bear was reportedly arrested later.)