Many of the protesters participating in the Monday demonstrations have been a part of Occupy movements—from New York to Philadelphia to Hartford—since last fall. Daniel Valdes, 27, has been with Occupy since last year, and he believes the one-year anniversary events will re-energize the fight and bring attention to the dissatisfaction Americans feel about the government and politics. 
"The political system shut us out," Valdes said. "It’s a circus at this point."
Also among the protesters were new faces to Occupy. Nineteen-year-old Joseph Califano, an economics student at Sarah Lawrence College, arrived at Monday’s Occupy protest (his first) with a sign that read, “Why develop empathy, when you could be making $350,000+ a year running a Ponzi scheme?”
"I hope income inequality becomes a part of the national conversation," Califano said.
By the afternoon, NYPD reported nearly 150 arrests. Along with an increased police presence, National Lawyers Guild representatives and a large number of journalists were also among those present throughout the protest.

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Many of the protesters participating in the Monday demonstrations have been a part of Occupy movements—from New York to Philadelphia to Hartford—since last fall. Daniel Valdes, 27, has been with Occupy since last year, and he believes the one-year anniversary events will re-energize the fight and bring attention to the dissatisfaction Americans feel about the government and politics. 

"The political system shut us out," Valdes said. "It’s a circus at this point."

Also among the protesters were new faces to Occupy. Nineteen-year-old Joseph Califano, an economics student at Sarah Lawrence College, arrived at Monday’s Occupy protest (his first) with a sign that read, “Why develop empathy, when you could be making $350,000+ a year running a Ponzi scheme?”

"I hope income inequality becomes a part of the national conversation," Califano said.

By the afternoon, NYPD reported nearly 150 arrests. Along with an increased police presence, National Lawyers Guild representatives and a large number of journalists were also among those present throughout the protest.

Video and more can be found at msnbc.com.