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Nicole Rose


From a very early age I had been interested in politics and the values or beliefs politicians claimed to defend while in office. The more I learned, the less I trusted, and I was waiting for something meaningful, something of historical value to come along. Then there was Occupy! My first demonstration with OWS was on October 1st 2011, where I was kettled with 700+ others for hours on the Brooklyn Bridge. From that moment on I knew that this movement was different; That we would not go quietly. Our moment in history, our second in time, had arrived and we better take advantage of it.

It just so happened that I was also on a date that day. My first date with my former boyfriend and good friend John. On the bridge the police began separating men and women for arrest and to my surprise I was told “never to come back again” and let go. I immediately returned to the park and waited until 3am when John was released from jail. That night we had incredible conversation and were shocked in the morning when mainstream media, who had been invisible just twenty four hours before, were crawling all over the park. Over the following days and weeks John developed the initial idea for the site and before I knew it we were hanging up flyers in Liberty Plaza calling for stories and volunteers.

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