History of an Occupation; Now Continue to Awaken


History of an Occupation; Now Continue to Awaken

Posted by BZ Riger

History of an Occupation

Fault Lines looks at how Occupy Wall Street went from a small group of New York protesters to a broad people’s movement.

In the fall of 2011, New York’s Zuccotti Park grabbed the world’s
attention as the hub of Occupy Wall Street, a movement that set off a
chain of rage against the country’s financial and political elite.

Even in the face of police repression and media ridicule, the
movement mobilised thousands of people fed up with the deep economic
divide in the US. And within two months hundreds of Occupy Wall Street
camps swept across the country changing the political discourse in the
US.

“People were upset about the economy, people were upset about the
foreclosure crisis, people were upset about the bailouts, and about the
fact that it looked like elected officials were working for big business
rather than for the people who they’re supposed to be working for,”
says activist Max Rameau from Take Back the Land.

Fault Lines tells the definitive history of Occupy Wall
Street from its early days through the movement’s rapid spread up to the
brutal crackdown by state authorities.

Race, gender and Occupy

By Sweta Vohra and Jordan Flaherty, Fault Lines

At a recent panel discussion on the Occupy movement, a left-leaning
professor from New York University speculated that identity politics –
the prioritising of issues of race and gender in movements for justice –
could be a plot funded by the CIA to undermine activism. While most
commentators do not go this far, the idea that activists who focus on
these issues are “undermining the struggle” has a long history within
progressive organising. And in Occupy Wall Street encampments around the
country these debates have often exploded into public view….

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