Hey guys. Long time lurker, first time poster.

This is the first time in a long time that I have felt well and truly inspired. People all over the world are standing together for the betterment of our species and our planet, and to me, there is nothing in the universe more inspiring.

Occupy Burlington (Vermont)

13 year old girl arrested at the Brooklyn Bridge protest on October 1st.

Protester confronts a line of riot police during the crackdown on Occupy Denver on October 29th.

Occupy Wall Street, photographed by photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson.

A young Hispanic girl with a sign that reads "They can't deport us all..." in response to the new immigration laws in Alabama.

Health workers stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in New York City.

Iranian women in front of the Swiss embassy in Tehran standing in solidarity with the #OWS movement on October 22.

Occupy Seattle, date unknown.

Speaks for itself, I think.

From the march to the US embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

Occupy Tokyo, October 15.

Banksy installation at Occupy London.

From Occupy Wall Street, New York. Date Unknown.

Occupy Wall Street, New York.

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Wow, really great post. I was especially blown away by the 13 year old being arrested.
These were great --- it was so fantastic to see how far-reaching the message is. I do wonder why it was necessary to arrest a 13 year old, though. And why was she so cheerful about it all? Maybe the reason was as absurd as I imagine.
From what I gather, they arrested around 700 people that day. The cops stood by while they marched on the bridge, then corralled and arrested around 700 of them. As far as I know, the reason they gave for the arrests was that the protesters were 'interfering with traffic'. I think she looks cheerful simply for the fact that she wasn't at all upset about being arrested for something she believes in. It's one of my favorite images from the protests so far :)
Great post, and this movement is inspiring because we are finally standing up, finally.

Though the backstory to Iranian women protesting was more to make a jab at the US govt (they were hired by the Iranian govt to make a mockery?)
I hadn't heard that about the photo from Iran, but I wouldn't be all that surprised. Regardless of the backstory, though, I think the image is powerful.
I don't know, I think thousands and thousands of people coming together with common interests and concerns, educating one another, taking care of one another, and practicing true democratic decision making is pretty goddamn inspiring. I think that people all over the world looking past ethnic and religious and political and geographical differences and supporting one another pretty fucking inspiring. I can't afford to be jaded and cynical about things like this. When for years and years the only people who were sitting up and taking notice were 'radicals' and extremely dedicated activists, the fact that the general population is pissed off and paying attention is amazing and important and, if you ask me, the most inspiring thing I have ever seen in my life.
I love that the girl looks pleased about being arrested, and I love that she is wearing an Invader Zim hat.
Wonderful post! I too find this very inspiring. It's amazing to finally see people give a shit about something. It's sad that it took this horrible economy to make people come together and care about what is happening but still it is great that they have :D