Voices from Occupy Wall Street

Nov 5th, 2011 • Category: Culture & Activism

Photo: Kid Reporter Eliya Ahmad
Photo: Eliya Ahmad, Kid Reporter, outside of “Occupy LEGO Land.”

By ELIYA AHMAD, Kid Reporter, age 10

Chris – a LEGO protester, who made a little “Occupy LEGO Land.”

How did you come up with Occupy LEGO Land?

Well, first of all, everyone loves LEGOS, and they’re really a lot like people, occupying their own little LEGO city. I wanted to make that connection, that’s why I chose to support the protests using them.


Photo: Kid Reporter Eliya Ahmad interviews Chris, a photographer with Newsday
Photo: Kid Reporter Eliya Ahmad interviews Charlie, a photographer with Newsday.

Charlie – a photographer working for Newsday

What is the most surprising thing that you have seen so far?

They live here! The people feel so strongly about the protests that they’re actually living there! Also, everyone is working together, helping each other and agreeing. That’s unusual when everyone is just sleeping there, and all squished together, with no boss. Another thing is that the police try to stop it, like they usually do, but they haven’t been able to.


Photo: Kid Reporter Eliya Ahmad
Photo: Eliya Ahmad, Kid Reporter interviews public school teacher, Gloria.

Gloria- a New York City public school resource room teacher

What do you want children to know about the protests?

That everyone should, if something is unfair, speak out about it.  That it is important to be smart, brave and to ask questions.

What motivated you to come to Wall Street?

I think that the corporations that control Wall Street did a bad job, and I don’t want them to take over our education system too.


Photo: Kid Reporter and pickle lover, Eliya Ahmad joins another young protester
Photo: Kid Reporter and pickle lover, Eliya Ahmad, joined by her younger sister.

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