Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing and vastly expanding protest movement in New York City. The Canadian anti-consumerist, pro-environment group “Adbusters” initially called for the protest and was inspired by the Arab Spring movement, particularly the Tahrir Square protests in Cairo which initiated the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.
The event has attracted protestors who wish to act against corporate greed, social inequality, and global climate change, among other concerns.
Beginning from one simple demand – a presidential commission to separate money from politics – they start setting the agenda for a new America”. The protest’s organizers hope that the protestors themselves will formulate their own specific demands, expecting them to be focused on “taking to task the people who perpetrated the economic meltdown”.
By October 1, similar demonstrations were held in Washington, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Portland, Maine, and Denver.
Action starting date: September 17, 2011 (Constitution Day) – ongoing
Location: New York City, USA; ongoing with “occupy” movements spreading to other cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Portland.
Tools: Civil resistance, Civil disobedience, Occupation of public places, Picketing, Political rallies, and publications.
According to their own website, [Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.
The leaders of this movement are the everyday people participating in the occupation. We use a tool called the “General Assembly” to facilitate open, participatory and horizontal organizing between members of the public. We welcome people from all colors, genders and beliefs to participate in our daily assemblies. Visit the NYC General Assembly website to learn how you can become involved, read updates/minutes, or find out how you can adopt NYCGA processes to organize your own community.
On 13 Jul 2011, the group Adbusters released this call: Occupy Wall Street!
In Solidarity, and as a response to this call, a planning group was formed [OccupyWallst.org], and an info sharing site established. The participation of every person, and every organization, that has an interest in returning the US back into the hands of it’s individual citizens is required.
Our nation, our species and our world are in crisis. The US has an important role to play in the solution, but we can no longer afford to let corporate greed and corrupt politics set the policies if our nation.
We, the people of the United States of America, considering the crisis at hand, now reassert our sovereign control of our land.]