The Resurrection Of Occupy Wall Street
It has been a much different news week than originally anticipated, following the sudden and tragic death of Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce. That has caused one story to slip under the cracks…they’re baaaack. They are the protestors from the Occupy Wall Street movement. Pockets of protests remained around the country, including under-the-radar ones in New York, but it had been a little bit of time since the epicenter of the movement made any noise.
Cities across the U.S. had seen enough of the occupations, dispatching police to break up camps, which put a major dent into the demonstration as winter approached.
The real “home base” of Occupy Wall Street had been Zuccotti Park in New York City. Protesters have been holding meetings at various indoor spaces after tents and sleeping bags were banned from Zuccotti Park in mid-November. A police raid evicted protesters who had been sleeping there since Sept. 17.
Occupy Wall Street seemed to really fizzle, despite the best efforts for revival from many of its founding members, once they were hit with the raid of Zuccotti.
Holiday season did nothing to help matters for the movement, even with relatively milder winter weather than many predicted.
As the new year kicked off, Occupy Wall Street became a real after-thought, which I am sure is what many city officials had privately held out hope for.
Give these organizers credit because, even if you do not agree with their opinions, they certainly have convictions in their beliefs. On Tuesday, metal barricades that had surrounded Zuccotti Park were removed, and about 300 demonstrators “re-Occupied” the park. Most left, though, as the night wore on.
Tents and sleeping bags are still banned, but it remains to be seen if there is one more spark and one more breath of life for Occupy Wall Street. It reached an astonishingly high level of recognition in pop culture during fall, which may not be attainable again.
Demonstrators have found a new home in D.C., where organizers expect a protest Tuesday on Capitol Hill — dubbed Occupy Congress — to draw thousands of people and bring renewed attention to their opposition to corporate greed and income inequality.
A re-invigoration of the protest through the winter, especially if mild weather persists, can really carry some weight if they make it to the spring time. From there, you begin to factor in the upcoming presidential race, which will certainly elicit strong opinions from the masses one way or the other.
I certainly thought Occupy Wall Street would eventually dissolve, but they are definitely throwing up one more hail mary.
Any way you slice it, it is now or never for the movement to make its mark.