September 26, 2011
Since Occupy Wall Street flooded into Zuccotti Park (renamed Liberty Plaza) on September 17th, hundreds of occupations are underway in cities across the country. Occupy Wall Street states its mission as the following: “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.”
As of this writing, 495 occupations are in the planning process or have already begun occupying. After Adbusters, independent activists, and others banned together for the September 17th occupation, the movement has quickly grown nationwide and the website Occupy Together is tracking its progress as the “unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St.“
On top of these local movements, the October 2011 protest gets underway October 6th in Washington, D.C., inspired by the fact that “October 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of the 2012 federal austerity budget. It is time to light the spark that sets off a true democratic, nonviolent transition to a world in which people are freed to create just and sustainable solutions.” Seven Stories Press authors among the Washington, D.C. protestors include: Anthony Arnove, Cornel West, David Swanson, Derrick Jensen, Stephanie McMillan, Ted Rall, and more.
Follow the action at Occupy Wall Street on Twitter: @occupywallst, #ows, #occupywallst, #occupywallstreet, #occupywallstnyc. Follow the Occupy Together actions: @occupytogether, #occupytogether, and those of the individual cities. You can also follow Twitter news on October 2011: @StopTheMach2011, #oct6, #occupydc.