April 9, 2010. Crowds gathered in Union Square Saturday for a protest free-for-all where causes from Guantanamo Bay to legalizing marijuana to education funding were all passionately represented following the near government shut down that occurred the night before.
Originally founded in 1987 in Victoria, British Columbia, the Raging Grannies, a peace activist group, now protests all over the world. As of 2007, chapters existed in Israel, Japan, Greece, the United Kingdom, Canada, and across the U.S.
A young man wears his cause on a banner across his back.
Many children were in attendance, accompanied by their activist parents. Signs were made readily available for anyone who wanted to participate.
An impassioned man yells out in anger from the outskirts of the crowd. He is in support of Palestinian rights.
An exasperated police officer monitors the crowd while an onlooker snaps a photo on her phone.
Dressed head to toe in an outfit of his own design, this protestor draws attention to his cause by means of his eccentric wardrobe and unique sign.
Independent publications such as "Workers World," a socialist newspaper, were distributed from a table along side the event for 50 cents.
Two New School undergraduate students, Lena Einbinder and Brook Taylor, were among the many in attendance standing in opposition to U.S. involvement in the Middle East and North Africa.
A temporarily abandoned wheelchair sits alone in the crowd, protesting the war.
One of several young men wearing the mask worn by freedom fighter and terrorist "V" in the 2006 film "V for Vendetta."
These Veterans listen on as the voice of activist speakers emanate from the loud speakers positioned beside a flat bed truck serving as a stage.
A woman wears a hat decorated in pins representing her opinions. Pins like those pictured above were sold along side stickers and flags from a stand nearby.
This family sticks together as the protesters take to the street. The line of protestors marching continued for blocks, as far as the eye could see. Sounds of music, drums, and chants could be heard echoing down Broadway as the crowd headed downtown.
Each cause was led by banner holders. Police on motorcycles kept the rally contained to a single street lane.
A police officer discreetly joins the protestors, chanting, "Free! Free! Africa!"