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    Posted October 15, 2011 by
    Phoenix, Arizona
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    Occupy Wall Street

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    Occupy Phoenix-Oct. 15, 2011


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     xkater sends us this iReport from Phoenix, Arizona's Occupy Phoenix rally on October 15. She says she is supportive of the protests and she feels 'there is power in numbers and those responsible for the economic crisis are watching this closely.'
    - elchueco, CNN iReport producer

    Occupy Phoenix-October 15, 2011



    It was an unusually hot day for this time of the year. The high turned out to be 100 F, but it did not stop the demonstrators. Cesar Chavez Plaza/Park was full. I mean really crowded. The people were there to express their solidarity with “Occupy Wall Street” and they were there because they were angry. Who were they angry with? Just check out some of the signs they carried.


    There were speeches, chants, shouts and applause. Too bad I am hard of hearing and could not quite understand everything. That did not stop me though from picking up the energy of this frustrated, but hopeful crowd.


    We came together because our gripes are similar and we share the hope that peaceful demonstrations will help us put our points across. I did see a few more aggressive signs though, some were warnings of spent patience. All in all, I sensed power in numbers and I felt like I was a part of the “99%” .


    This is a movement greater and stronger than anything seen here in the US for decades. It is still shaping up, crystallizing and defining itself, but it is not going away. Well, it really does not have anywhere to go, except to intensify. Americans don’t want to be held hostage by corporate greed, corporate-dictated politics and GOP power-seekers

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