The Legacy of Occupy Wall Street 10 Years Later

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The original idea for The Occupy Wall Street protest came from editors of counterculture magazine, Adbusters, in a call for a march on Wall Street to protest economic inequality.

The first protest took place on September 17, 2011, and continued for two months with activists setting up an encampment in Zuccotti Park, just a few blocks from the New York Stock Exchange.

The movement quickly gained momentum and grew to approximately 900 sister 'occupations' across the nation and the globe with millions identifying as part of the "99%" and demanding economic justice in the lingering wake of the Great Recession.

The original Zuccotti encampment was forcibly evicted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NYPD but as the Occupy's public-relations working group related in a press release, “You cannot evict an idea whose time has come”.

It's been ten years since the Occupy Wall Street movement began and many of the issues central to the Occupy protests, such as ballooning student debt, universal healthcare, raising the minimum wage, affordable housing, police brutality, and climate justice are now part of everyday political discourse.

While the organizational structure and techniques of the Occupy movement were largely ineffective and questionable to many, the revitalization of political protest and the use of social media in addressing the injustices of economic inequality continue to this day.

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