Watch Occupy Wall Street Celebrate its First Year Anniversary
On September 17, 2011 the world witnessed the birth of a new protest movement. Occupy Wall Street, now one-year-old, quickly spread beyond the confines of New York and planted itself firmly in public spaces throughout the United States. One year later, much has changed. Many cities are no longer “occupied” after lack of fervor, arrests (according to OWS over 7,000 so far), or legal changes routed protest groups from city halls.
The anniversary of Occupy Wall Street hopes to bring protesters back to the streets of New York by targeting multiple major targets including the New York Stock Exchange.
According to the Occupy Wall Street website, the group will be “using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.”
Occupy Wall Street’s website is advertising many events throughout the day including:
7 a.m. 99 Revolutions
Problem: All Roads lead to Wall Street. Solution: Reverse the Flow of Traffic. The 99 Revolutions will disrupt traffic throughout the Financial District by creating a swirl of roving intersection occupations surrounding the Stock Exchange. Each occupation will enact a World Without Wall Street as envisioned by members of the 99%.
10 a.m. Storm Wall Street
At the site from which Occupy Wall Street first arose, we are calling for an end to the corporate occupation of the planet and demonstrating that a just and sustainable world is possible. As the 99% circle New York’s first public park, our groundswell will remind the 1% of their growing debts to Mother Earth and that the Commons belong to us all.