17th September 2011 The Birth of the Occupy Movement

Adbusters' Occupy Wall Street Poster

Adbusters’ Occupy Wall Street Poster

On this day in 2011, some 1000 gathered in New York City’s financial district to protest corporate power over democracy, the growing disparity of wealth distribution, and the absence of criminal accountability of the greedy rotters responsible for the 2008 economic meltdown. The protesters sat down in outrage, and –  in hope and solidarity – refused to leave. Occupy Wall Street sparked an awakening of the masses that had lain dormant since the end of the 1960s. Within weeks, the spirit of Occupy spread like wildfire and a worldwide movement against inequality and neoliberalism was born.

Two years on from the occupation of New York City’s Zuccotti Park, we must constantly remind ourselves: democracy is not a spectator sport. Occupy your mind. Occupy Everywhere.

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