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The Occupy Movement

The Occupy Movement

Since the beginning of the Occupy Movement, I have been following events chiefly through social networking sites, indy-media sites, and other forms of internet based communication. Due to the fact that mainstream media (NPR included here) has paid scant attention to one of the largest forms of mass grassroots organizing since the WTO protests in 1999, activists and concerned citizens have relied on the internet to get information and connect with those involved in the burgeoning movement.

One of the things that I began to notice while following the movement online was the creativity employed by the Occupy activists to voice their concerns with current levels of inequality. From humorous signs and clever banners to group sing-alongs and vibrant posters, the movement has incorporated eye-catching visual tactics to reach people. A few weeks ago, I participated in an Occupy rally and march in Eugene, Oregon with over 2,000 other people. Once again, I was struck by the creativity of those involved.  I am posting some photos that I took on the march along with some recent articles on the art of the Occupy Movement.




Great pictures, Nate!  Handmade signs are one of the hallmarks of the recent upsurge in street protest, which is interesting given that the movement has also relied heavily on social media to spread its message and for basic communication.  Another interesting development in the crossover between digital and "real" activist is going on now in Oakland.  The movement there (or parts of it), influenced by the city's strong community organizing tradition, is in the process of systematically reaching out beyond the occupation via house visits.

I think we're seeing the resurgence of a public sphere in the U.S. 



That last sign was probably not intended to address the Bank / Credit Union transfer of Money movement:

But it works!