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#occupywallstreet 2.0?

October 3, 2011

10.1.11: In the two days since we last covered the Occupy Wall Street protests, New York Unions have proclaimed their support, the NYPD has been marched on, media coverage has finally caught up (we like this article and this one), an investigation into police response has launched, and some great pictures have been taken. Nicholas Kristof even posted a list of suggested demands (which looks a lot like ours) amid his smart summary in the NYTimes. As the nation begins to pay more attention; as organized groups and celebrities show their support; and significantly, as the weather turns cold, perhaps forcing participants to seriously tackle questions about why, how, and for how long they will occupy; will the second month of the protests mark a transition towards a more significant national movement?

10.2.11: I was writing up this post a couple days ago, then the Brooklyn Bridge march happened.  Am I alone in thinking that a paradigm shift has occurred? As many have reported, the causes being protested vary from moment to moment, and have included everything from the death of Troy Davis to Andrew Jackson’s presence on the $20 bill. Still, there are signs that the actions of the protestors, however disorganized, are calling attention to real national issues. has recently posted their own list of demands, perhaps signaling a coalescence of sorts, and the behavior of the NYPD on the bridge may further galvanize supporters (although it now seems clear the protestors were intent on taking the bridge despite warnings). There are reports that preparations are being made so that protestors can continue to occupy the streets for the winter months ahead. Whether this degenerates into the ridiculous or becomes an important vehicle for change, it appears as if the significance of this movement will be determined in the long run. The protestors seem to be preparing for this reality.

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  1. October 3, 2011 12:50 pm

    Such protests can be an effective means of change (See, maintaining independence for women’s shelters in Afghanistan But I see OccupyWallstreet and related protests as being a different beasts. The top 10-20% is mighty privileged too, and it seems wrong to have those gifted with a college sitting on a bridge complaining about how the wealthy have it big. Work hard. Get wealthy. Then do your fair share and press your peers to do the same. That’s a long term goal but in a way, it accomplishes more of what their goal is than eliminating personhood status for a corporation (corporations CAN be small, and private, and serve the purpose of protecting Madam Small-to-medium-sized enterprise owner, from debts she can’t personally afford!)


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