Occupy Wall Street Three Years Later: We are the 99%!

How ’bout we Occupy Academic Freedom? (devilish grin)


On September 17, 2011, three years ago today, protesters gathered in downtown Manhattan intending to Occupy Wall Street (OWS).  They ended up in nearby Zucotti Park, where they remained until forcibly evicted by police two months later.  The Wall Street action inspired similar Occupy movements in dozens of cities across the country, including on some university campuses.

Today the concerns raised by the Occupy movement about growing inequalities of wealth and income — the famous division between the privileged 1% (and within that 1%, the super-rich 0.1%) and the remaining 99% of the population — have hardly abated.  Indeed, the work of economists like Thomas Piketty, Joseph Stiglitz, and others suggests not only that the issue will not go away but that the gap between the rich and the rest of us will only widen.

Many of the activists who were involved in the Occupy movement have continued their struggle…

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