From the New Haven Independent
1,000 Launch New Haven’s “Occupation”Just past noon, they began to march. Starting at the corner of Elm and College, marchers filled the sidewalk and headed east. The march was so big that as the head of the procession reached Elm and Church, people were just beginning to take up the rear two blocks away.
Marchers gathered around a park bench, near a handful of tents. Protest “facilitators” introduced the concept of a “mic check,” in which the crowd echoes short statements by a speaker—sort of crowd-sourced public-address system.
As they waited for a “general assembly” to begin, Shamayah Grant said she had come out because “I have a child to take care of and I need health care and I don’t think I should have to pay a lot for it.” She held her 8-month-old daughter, Sa’Rye, in her arms.
At the “Comfort” station, clothing donations were already accumulating. They were later put into plastic bags and placed under a canopy donated by the Devil’s Gear bike shop.