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On October 15, over 3,500 protesters marched on Pittsburgh's financial centers as the Steel City officially joined #ows, with hundreds taking Mellon Bank's front yard and encamping, determined to stay.

Twenty-four hours later, 150 still remain, and the bank has insisted that – for now – it will allow the occupiers to camp.

While I'm not currently one of those in a tent, I  did march yesterday with what was easily the most eclectic, articulate and peaceful gathering of Pittsburghers I have ever witnessed.

Below are some of the beautiful people I met:

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A gathering of students from the University of Pittsburgh, in all their panther glory.

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Mayan Ward was determined to hold the sign for his mom, Elizabeth.

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Sheila May-Stein with a partial list of grievances. Love the shirt.

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Angie Lang and Pat Lynch show the Tea Party how it's done in Pittsburgh.

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Father and daughter, Matt and Alex Bourg, drop some knowledge.

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Cynthia Grimmitt being generous with her percentages as Pittsburgh's skyline shines.

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Leroy Renninger and Mary Ellen Snyder, ready to march.

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Darnell Anderson with a not-so-subtle warning.

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William Cashaw with a clear message. What don't you get, exactly, corporate media?

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Christina Gridley and Andrew Wagner beginning the revolution, one website at a time.

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Mark Liberto and Chris Myers drove to Pittsburgh for the march.

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Ricardo Morales, Laurel Petrulionis, Branden Wagner and Brian Flowers, students at Penn State.

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David Green is ready for some real leadership.

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Martin Kovalik-Hass with the sharp tongue.

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Jim, a laid off bus driver, with clear ideas about the need to restore full public transportation service in Pittsburgh.

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James and Dakota, chillin like villains.

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Sue Dawson and Jordan Apodaca with some of my favorite signs.

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Dana Best and her friend, ready to get this thing started already.

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Tom Taylor, a true patriot.

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Occupy Pittsburgh raises its banner for the very first time to huge applause.

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Jan, Evelyn and Jim representing the health care reform contingency.

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The Redwood family – Carter, Maurice and Carl.

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Chelsey Engel, with her own "imagine" message.

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Anonymous, in more ways than one.

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Peeking from behind the sign, an anonymous protester. Perhaps a Pittsburgh Steeler? I kid.

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Candice Zawoiski and Lindsay Joyce for animal rights.

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3,500 march on Pittsburgh's financial centers. Photo by Bryan Heller.

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One hundred and fifty protesters occupy Mellon Bank's green space, and plan to stay. Photo from Occupy Pittsburgh.

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For more information on the movement in Pittsburgh, visit Occupy Pittsburgh, check out their LiveStream, and visit their Facebook page.

Originally posted to Writing by David Harris Gershon on Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 04:52 PM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement.

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