By Karen Petree
I don’t really take part in protests, probably for the same reasons I refuse to do the wave at ball games. I love them though. I love being there as an observer, the way it feels when a huge mass of people come together with a common energy. It’s kind of like a rock concert for those of us fascinated by politics.

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Arab-Israeli Protests

By Karen Petree

NEW YORK – The intersection of Seventh Avenue and 41st Street in Midtown Manhattan came to symbolize the starkly opposing points of view surrounding the recent fighting between Israelis and Palestinians. As conflict between the Israeli army and Palestinians in Gaza continued to escalate, protesters turned out in Times Square on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 to demonstrate against Israeli military incursions in Gaza that reportedly killed several Palestinian civilians, including children. Supporters of the Palestinians, including a number of Orthodox Jewish rabbis, lined 7th Ave. between 41st and 42nd Street. A much smaller pro-Israeli counter-protest initially formed across the street until police set up pens and relocated demonstrators along 7th Ave. south of 41st Street.

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S17: Occupy Wall Streets Celebrates its Birthday


By Karen Petree

On the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the streets of Manhattan’s Financial District were full of

TaxiProtestprotesters marking the movement’s birthday with three days of “education, celebration, and resistance.”

Beginning Saturday, September 15, members of Occupy began to assemble in New York City to kick off the three-day celebration of the movement’s birthday, culminating in S17, for September 17, the anniversary of the day when protesters first occupied Zuccotti Park last year. Continue reading “S17: Occupy Wall Streets Celebrates its Birthday”