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Thousands, maybe tens of thousands showed up at Freedom Square in DC on a perfect, sunny day. 


Some of the Occupy DC protesters participate in an aerial photo, configured to 99%.

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The big themes were the ten year anniversary of the Afghan war and getting corporations out of government.
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One of the organizers, Kevin Zeese, said, "We are the largest empire in world history-- eleven hundred military outposts around the world. At its peak, Rome only had 37.

.... The People can rule better than the elites. 

...This democracy has become a fraud. 
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...We're in this to shift power-- the regime of corporatism needs to change. 

...The youth of this country are in rebellion. They are more in debt than any previous generation. Zeese called for school loan forgiveness. 


Kevin Zeese

After a group of speeches and performances, at least 1000 people took off on a protest march past the Whitehouse, to the National Chamber of Commerce building. 

(photos by Rob Kall, unless marked otherwise)



Speakers commented that the national chamber of commerce (NCC) does not represent small businesses. It represents the biggest business injecting $200 million a year into political elections. The NCC's building has a huge sign on the front, spelling out "JOBS."  Right, like Bush had the Clear Skies Act.

Job applications were handed out to protest participants, then a group of them sat, blocking the entrance to the NCC.



afterwards, Medea Benjamin said to the assemblage of protesters, "We shut down the chamber of commerce and totally, peacefully broke the police line. This is one example of how a non-violent movement works."



More photos and videos will be coming. 
If you were there, or at any of the occupations today, post your own diary or article or ad to this one as a comment.

Oh some signs were awesome. 








 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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