How Occupy Wall
Street Really Got Started
Meet the international activists who lit the fuse for the populist
protest movement that's sweeping the world.
by Andy Kroll - Mother Jones
Months before the first occupiers descended on Zuccotti Park
in lower Manhattan, before the news trucks arrived and the unions endorsed,
before Michael Bloomberg and Michael Moore and Kanye West made appearances, a
group of artists, activists, writers, students, and organizers gathered on the
fourth floor of 16 Beaver Street, an artists' space near Wall Street, to talk
about changing the world. There were New Yorkers in the room, but also
Egyptians, Spaniards, Japanese, Greeks. Some had played a part in the Arab
Spring uprising; others had been involved in the protests
catching fire across Europe. But no one at 16 Beaver knew they were about
light the fuse on a protest movement that would sweep the United States and fuel similar uprisings around the world.
The group often
credited with sparking Occupy Wall Street is Adbusters, the
Canadian anti-capitalist magazine that, in July, issued a
call to flood lower Manhattan with 90,000 protesters. "Are you ready
for a Tahrir moment?" the magazine asked.
But that's not how Occupy Wall Street sprang to life. Without that worldly
group that met at 16 Beaver and later created the New
York City General Assembly, there might not have been an Occupy Wall Street
as we know it today.
For the complete
article, go to http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/10/occupy-wall-street-international-origins?page=1.