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Danny Valdes | Occupied Stories

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Danny Valdes

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Like a lot of people, I had been waiting for something like occupy to happen for a long time. I’ve been an activist of one sort of another since I was in high school, but I was feeling very jaded until occupy happened. Those first days in Liberty Square left me feeling reinvigorated, like suddenly a whole new realm of what was possible had opened up. After I was arrested with 700 others on the Brooklyn Bridge 3 weeks after the movement started, I’ve never been able to stay away very long.

The same arrest is what lead me to Occupied Stories. John Dennehy and I shared a one-person jail cell with 3 others after being detained on the bridge. Sharing an experience as dehumanizing and absurd as jail builds a strong friendship. John and I stayed in touch and a month later he approached me at Liberty Plaza with his idea for Occupied Stories. I’ve been working on the site ever since.

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