Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #ows is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to fight back against the richest 1% of people that are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.
OccupyWallSt.org is the oldest and most trusted online resource for the Occupy Movement. We were founded on July 14th, 2011 when Justine Tunney organized a scrappy group of anarchists to take the initiative in organizing a call to action published by Micah White in Adbusters magazine.
Some Leaders of a Leaderless (and Leader-full) Movement
OccupyWallSt.org is operated by The Occupy Solidarity Network, Inc. (OSN) a New York 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organization.
The following people make up our board of directors:
Micah M. White, PhD
Micah White, PhD is the former Adbusters editor who co-created the Occupy Wall Street movement. His new book, THE END OF PROTEST (Penguin Random House Canada, 2016), explores the future of activism, global social movements, the paradigms of protest, and the influence of media on the mental environment. White was recently named one of the 37 most influential under 35-year-olds alive today by Esquire and he has been profiled by The New Yorker. White has delivered the Grayson Kirk Distinguished Guest Lecture at Miami University as well as guest lectures at colleges, universities and festivals all over the country and abroad. White has a twenty year record of innovative activism, including conceiving the debt-activism tactic used by the Rolling Jubilee and popularizing the critique of clicktivism. Micah White is the co-founder of Boutique Activist Consultancy—a social change consultancy that specializes in activist innovation and social movement creation.
Justine Alexandra Roberts Tunney
Justine created the OccupyWallSt.org website and @OccupyWallSt twitter account. She has been profiled in The Nation by Nathan Schneider, The New Yorker by Mattathias Schwartz, BetaBeat by Jessica Roy, and in Written Off America by Jerry Ashton.
What does Occupy stand for?
Here are some documents published in New York that have been well received by the movement:
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