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TIME magazine notes in its Foreword to this 2011 book, "In this new book... we bring you stories on the political effects of the movement, the key moments of its early days and its global resonance. We also present a forum of prominent voices, both supportive and critical of the movement."
The first essay notes that in this new decade of economic and political peril, "the street protesters set the agenda. Spontaneous activism, organized through social media, had toppled Arab dictatorships and rattled advanced democracies." (Pg. 7) Celebrities such as Jay-Z, Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin and Cornel West had made "pilgrimages" to the sites of the protest (pg. 6).
One essay discusses the origins of the movement: e.g., an editor at the anticonsumerist magazine "Adbusters" coined the name "Occupy Wall Street"; an anarchist activist named David Graeber created the "We Are the 99%" slogan, and formed a less wordy and formal group as an offshoot of an August 2011 protest (Pg. 35).
They note that violence broke out between police and protesters in Oakland, resulting in more than 100 people being arrested and dozens of businesses being damaged. One of the protesters blamed anarchists for the violence, saying, "They're taking advantage of our numbers and leeching off our movement. These people have no values." (Pg. 22-23)
Naomi Klein is quoted as saying, "I'm delighted that Occupy Wall Street hasn't given in to the hectoring for a list of 'demands.' This is a young movement still in the process of determining just how powerful it is..." (Pg. 53) But another essayist summarizes the grievances: "Millions of us can't find jobs, and millions more are taking any low-wage, part-time, no-benefits job we can get just to make ends meet.Read more ›
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