Occupy Wall Street: A Return to Zuccotti Park on the 2nd Anniversary!
September 17 marked the 2nd anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. Activists from all over New York City and across the country eagerly waited in line to enter the birth place of the movement, Zuccotti Park.
But, for those activists holding signs mounted on cardboard tubes found that they could not enter the sacred space and were held outside the park perimeter by private security. This arbitrary rule did not deter the activists from going on with anniversary celebrations.
A couple hundred Occupiers and allies joyfully marched to McDonald’s fast food restaurant, across the street from Zuccotti Park, to call for a minimum wage increase. Fast food strikes have been gaining momentum across the country with workers and activists occupying Subway sandwich shops or picketing outside Church’s Chicken. Eventually, the marchers made their way to Wall Street and back to the park for a press conference. In true Occupy spirit, the day’s celebration continued on with more marches and creative actions, during which three men were arrested.
CODEPINK/Women Occupy turned out for the 2nd anniversary along with legendary feminists Jo Freeman, writer & photojournalist, and Margot Adler, NPR correspondent. Women Occupy was developed by CODEPINK and women in the OWS movement to provide a safe space for women to organize and speak out for equality and economic justice. Listen to Margot’s NPR report on the 2nd anniversary of OWS.
The day of protest culminated in a Robin Hood Tax rally and march across from the United Nations. The Robin Hood Tax is a campaign and movement supported by over 220 million people in 25 countries who are requesting a small tax on Wall Street big wigs and restoring vital needs for the 99%. Before the march stepped off, AIDS activists engaged in an act of civil disobedience, blocking a major intersection during rush hour. After the activists were arrested, thousands marched through the streets of New York City, stopping at JP Morgan/Chase offices and wrapping up at Bryant Park.
The second anniversary is as important as the first; the movement has made it two years, yet college debt, monetary inequality, war and greed are still the norm. The second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street was an opportunity to get out of the comfort zone and hit the streets for peace and economic justice!
Two Years Later!
September 17 marks the 2nd anniversary of Occupy Wall Street! The second anniversary is as important as the first; we’ve made it two years, but college debt, monetary inequality, war and greed are still the norm. The second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street is an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and hit the streets!
Join Women Occupy on the 2nd anniversary in NYC as we distribute Bank of America pledge cards and I heart 99% stickers!
Check out the schedule for September 17 via Interoccupy.net!
- S17 2nd Anniversary of OWS – All Day Actions Debrief. Stay tuned for more details 7a – 10pm View the Event
- S-17 Action in Support of Fast Food Workers@McDonald’s (location TBA)-Labor Outreach Committee of OWS. Details and location TBA 8am View the Event
- TPP puppet theater spectacle Money Warz in Times Square. We seek 200 volunteer masked performers in Times Square at NOON on S-17 for the spectacle, and following actions at Schumer/Gillibrand’s offices, Pfizer, and will team up with Robin Hood tax folks at Bryant Park. 12pm View the Event
- S17 Peoples Exchange. Bring food, clothing, books, and ideas to share. All day View the Event
- On September 17th we demand that Wall Street pay for its crimes! The Robin Hood Tax is a financial transaction tax that takes .05% of all financial transactions and puts that money towards essential social services like health care, student debt, global health, AIDS prevention and more. 5pm . View the Event
Occupy Wall Street and many affiliated 99% Movement’s are creating actions, meetings, assemblies and events leading to September 17, 2013 (S17) the second anniversary of the founding of Occupy Wall Street Movement in New York City.
Listen to Women Occupy supporter Heather Hurwitz interview on www.kcsb.org.
Occupy in Depth!
This week a Culture of Protest special—a conversation with Heather Hurwitz who’s been doing field work for her dissertation in the UCSB sociology department: “Gender, Feminism and Culture in OWS”. We’ll explore the ways that feminist thought and practice has helped shape the Occupy movement, and with the help of a wonderful range of musical material Heather has gathered, we’ll get a glimpse of the movement as a producer of culture. And, contrary to the conventional wisdom that Occupy is over, we’ll hear Heather’s observations on its many spin offs and ripples. We’ve got two hours this week for a rare inside look at Occupy as an ongoing social and cultural force.