Sep 16 2013
Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the launch of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City’s Zucotti Park – a space that was transformed into Liberty Square with the setting up of a mass tent city of activists demanding an end to Wall Street-centric economic policies.
The Occupy Wall Street movement spread rapidly all across the nation to cities large and small, and popularized the notion that we, Americans, are the 99% – the majority who are left out of the spoils of capitalism, and hit hardest by the unethical and greed-driven practices of Wall Street’s 1%.
Capturing the popular imagination, Occupy Wall Street encampments created activist innovations in ways to communicate and create consensus, feed people, set up libraries, and even resolve disputes. The movement was chaotic and far from perfect but it helped give voice to public outrage over the inequities of the financial system.
Within months the tent cities were dismantled, sometimes roughly by police. Many activists resumed their struggles through supporting families being foreclosed on, raising money to pay off public debts, or even providing hurricane relief, as happened on the East Coast when Superstorm Sandy hit.
Now, a book by reporter Nathan Schneider attempts to capture the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street movement. It’s called Thank You Anarchy, Notes from the Occupy Apocalype, and sports a quote from the New York Observer: “Objective Journalism, this is not.” Nathan Schneider was a frequent guest on Uprising during the hey-day of Occupy.
GUEST: Nathan Schneider, independent reporter, editor of Wagingnonviolence.org, author of Thank You Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse