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Empire State Rebellion: Liberty Park

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Back home from Liberty Park. It is nice to know that I will be sleeping in a comfortable bed tonight, but pretty depressing that we didn't get enough people willing to stand up and occupy the park. Despite thousands of emails, tweets, comments and a video that already has 200,000 views, only four people in NYC were ready to put serious action behind their words. (At this point, I don't know how all the other actions went, so I'll hold off on commenting on them.)

It seems everyone is content just tweeting and writing strong comments, passively waiting and hoping that other people will do the hard work for them. Unfortunately, as most of you already know, we don't have much time left to turn things around, some think it is already too late.

Hopefully, now that we have brought a lot of much needed attention to these issues and this movement we can keep building and most of the people who just found out about this, and sat on the sidelines this time, will realize that they actually need to take action next time.

The most frustrating part is that we had so much media attention on this, if only a few hundred people were willing to occupy the park this would have quickly escalated.

I would like to thank Gary Roland, Oren Clark and Kevin Dann -- the only other people in all of NYC who were ready to answer this call today and take a stand. It was great spending time with you guys. I'm sure we will meet again very soon.

As disappointed as I am now, given the attention we were able to get online, which obviously doesn't translate into action, I know that we are building awareness. Americans may not be ready yet, but it is just a matter of time before that awareness grows into the action we need. After all, this was just the first day of the Empire State Rebellion. That's what we need to keep in perspective. Rome wasn't built in a day and Rome will not be conquered in a day. We're getting there, I just hope we can get there before it's too late.

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David DeGraw is an investigative journalist who has been featured in many publications and websites. He is the founder and editor of, editorial director of and author of The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the (more...)
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