UPDATE: Slide Show: Occupy America—Nine Occupied Cities
On September 17, 2011, several thousand New Yorkers took over a small park in lower Manhattan, a block from Wall Street itself. Wall Street itself had been blocked from the demonstrators by New York’s finest.
The protesters took over Zucotti Park, a private space, and set up their encampment – and the Occupy Wall Street movement took off. This past weekend, there were over 100 Occupy actions in this country, and over a thousand around the world. A thousand. Get your mind around that.
Soon after Occupy Wall Street took hold, others followed: Occupy Boston, Occupy Denver, Occupy San Francisco, Los Angeles, and even Occupy San Diego, which had its first over-night “occupation” on Friday, October 7th.
But look at this – in one month, in exactly one month, this movement has changed our world. For how long – it remains to be seen. One month. This is incredible.
In just one month, the Occupy movement has given hope and inspiration to young and old alike, to new-comers to activism and to those who’ve been politically active most of their lives.
Older activists have been asking for quite some time : “Where are the youth? Where are the young people?” Well, wait no longer, for they are here. And look at what they’ve done!
There are now Occupy Wall Street actions in every major American city, in many minor ones, in small towns. It’s also on every continent. And it stems from the single act of taking over Zucotti Park – renamed Liberty Park. In Paris during an occupy event, French trumpeters blew the song “This land is your land.”
Naomi Klein said this about the Occupy movement “Let’s treat this beautiful movement as if it is most important thing in the world. Because it is. It really is.”
Martin Eder, a San Diego veteran of activism, spoke at the Saturday rally in Civic Center Plaza, and said something to this effect:
I have not heard the word “revolution” being said in a mass public event in America in over two decades.
I have not either.
It is true – the youth are calling this the “revolution”, and maybe it is. Some of us called it the “revolution” back in the late Sixties and early Seventies. But whatever it’s called, it’s still going on and it’s still expanding – and it’s only one month old.
And it’s the most important thing in America and it’s the most important thing in the world.
Slide Show: Occupy America—Nine Occupied Cities
The Nation / October 14, 2011