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Five Years After the Brooklyn Bridge Arrests, the Occupy Wall Street Worth Remembering


Five Years After the Brooklyn Bridge Arrests, the Occupy Wall Street Worth Remembering

Natasha Lennard

Occupy Wall Street didn’t begin for me on September 17, 2011. I was there when Zuccotti Park was first claimed by activists and the encampment began, but I didn’t see much potential that first day on a drab stretch of lower Manhattan concrete. For me, Occupy began later, on October 1, when 700 people were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge, myself included.


Right! The Occupy Movement created Sanders and not the opposite. It will be a long time before Occupy is forgotten...it's the more modern equivalent of the 60s.


We already had a big part of the answer in 2011: the Earned Income Tax Credit, to make up the difference to a living wage for those who lost their bargaining power as computers/robots and off-shoring took away good-paying jobs. Bill Clinton raised the EITC in 1993, and he tried to raise it again in 2000. We need a coalition to force this answer by electing a new Congress in 2018.


By voting every incumbent out of office I assume? From the local courthouse to the US Senate?
I'm down with that.


And keep Guantanamo open to provide a suitable venue to lock up those voted out once they are brought to justice.

The only POTUS candidate who comes close to embracing the OWS agenda is Jill Stein.


"In a Timely Manner"
An obscure little phrase, generally associated with a parental admonition to attend to a task, is actually once of the most salient elements of what is, in technical economic terms, known as "externalized costs". From the civil rights movement in the 60s being told - 'you want too much to fast' to virtually any societal concern today - for example the people of Flint Michigan subjected to an unelected and corrupt management.

For a September overview: Richard Wolff


It was heartening to see so many united in common voice - it reveals the workers can be mobilised around issues they feel are important. But the Socialist Party (we’re the oldest existing socialist organisation in Britain – http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/ ) has over a 100 years’ experience of observing campaigns and demonstrations and protests around every kind of reform and demand imaginable, we confidently said that Occupy addressed the symptoms, not the cause of the problem, and made no significant difference to the established order, or to the way politicians think.

It could have been the awakening of working class militancy if it was not an occasion wasted in begging crumbs from those who have robbed us. One day, these type of protests will be different and will be bent on ending the system that exploits them, for they will understand the real cause of their troubles and the only way to end them – the abolition of capitalism.

We do not deny the sincerity of the many participants; the energy and ingenuity they displayed in tackling a job they considered important provided further proof that once working men and women get on the right track capitalism's days are numbered. But the time for reformist politics is over. None of our problems are going to be solved by tinkering with the economic and political systems as they are now. We do not have a few bad apples. We have a diseased orchard. And from it, we have had one diseased harvest after another. Now is the time to re-plant and re-grow.