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June 2012: In Solidarity with Quebec

This page is part of a larger feature called Occupy: 12 Events That Defined Year One. In the run-up to #S17, the one year anniversary of the movement, we will be posting stories from our archives for every month of the past year of occupy. For June, we look back at actions in solidarity with the student strike in Quebec. Read stories from other months >>

 

 

New York, NY —#J6: NY Student March in Support of Students of Quebec: A collection of photos demonstrating acts of solidarity and police brutality at J6’s casseroles march in NYC.
 

 

 

New York, NY —NYC Casseroles March: Multiple POV’s from the Chaotic Start: Short first-person accounts from the same five minute time span at the chaotic start of last night’s Casserole march from Washington Square Park in NYC

 

 

 

 

New York, NY —The Five Minute March: Almost immediately after the casseroles march began, NYPD arrested and detained a group of high-profile marchers.

 

 

 

 

New York, NY —NYPD on Wild Cat Chase through New York City Streets: An occupier and photographer compares aggressive police tactics from the May Day wildcat march and Casseroles march.

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May 2012: NATO & the Occupation of the Art Institute

This page is part of a larger feature called Occupy: 12 Events That Defined Year One. In the run-up to #S17, the one year anniversary of the movement, we will be posting stories from our archives for every month of the past year of occupy. For May, we look back at the #noNATO protests in Chicago. Read stories from other months >>

 

Chicago, IL–An Anarchist’s Odyssey to Chicago, part two: A wildcat march through downtown Chicago turns bloody when this protester is hit with police batons and sent to the hospital.

 

 

 

Chicago, IL–Protesting the Empire from Oakland to Chicago: For a protester from Oakland, the Chicago Police Department is only another example of police brutality in a national trend.

 

 

Chicago, IL–Against NATO: Blood and Solidarity: A wonderfully spontaneous march ends with blood and rumors of a death.

 

 

 

 

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April: Occupying New Places

This page is part of a larger feature called Occupy: 12 Events That Defined Year One. In the run-up to #S17, the one year anniversary of the movement, we will be posting stories from our archives for every month of the past year of occupy. For April, we look back on how local occupations have moved to occupy new places since the fall. Read stories from other months >>

 

Chicago, IL–The Woodlawn Occupation is Not Leaving: An occupier shares her experience as Occupy Chicago joins mental health patients protecting their clinic from forced closure. The occupation builds community and survives multiple police raids.

 

 

 

 

New York, NY–A Sleepless Night at #Occupied Wall Street: An occupier spends the night on the steps to Federal Hall, across from the stock exchange. Angry residents cheer when police make unlawful arrests, but the occupation survives and “as the weather warms our sense of community grows stronger.”

 

 

 

 

Minneapolis, MN–The Battle to Re-occupy Minneapolis: An occupier recounts the re-occupation of Minneapolis; police intimidation, arrests and marching through the street with tents.

 

 

 

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March 2012: Six Months Later

This page is part of a larger feature called Occupy: 12 Events That Defined Year One. In the run-up to #S17, the one year anniversary of the movement, we will be posting stories from our archives for every month of the past year of occupy. For March, we look back on the movement’s half-year mark. Read stories from other months >>

 

 New York, NY–#M17: Occupy Reignited: Occupy Wall Street revs up for its 6-month anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day.
 

 

 

 

 

New York, NY–An Actor’s Long Day’s Journey into Occupy: An actor transforms from supportive activist to committed occupier on #M17.

 

 

 

 

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February 2012: Taking Stock

This page is part of a larger feature called Occupy: 12 Events That Defined Year One. In the run-up to #S17, the one year anniversary of the movement, we will be posting stories from our archives for every month of the past year of occupy. Read stories from other months >>

 

New York, NY–Defining Home: An occupier digs deep and finds a personal connection to occupy: home.

 

 

 

 

Oakland, CA–The Infectious Escalation of Occupy Oakland: “When Occupations move to take back their rights, we are beaten, gassed, pepper sprayed, concussed, kettled, and arrested. As one of the many signs I’ve held at my Occupy Chicago rallies reads, ‘They only call it class warfare when we fight back.’ That statement is truth.”

 

 

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January 2012: Conflicts and Confusion

This page is part of a larger feature called Occupy: 12 Events That Defined Year One. In the run-up to #S17, the one year anniversary of the movement, we will be posting stories from our archives for every month of the past year of occupy. For January 2012, we’re remembering a re-orientation for the movement in the winter. Read stories from other months >>

New York, NY–On Conflict and Consensus: After blocking a proposal for the first time at General Assembly, an occupier reflects on the consensus process and the power of direct democracy.

 

 

 

 

Santa Fe, NM–Occupy: What Now?: Chronicles of the challenges faced by Occupy Santa Fe and how we learn and grow as a movement.

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December 2011: Occupy the Holidays

This page is part of a larger feature called Occupy: 12 Events That Defined Year One. In the run-up to #S17, the one year anniversary of the movement, we will be posting stories from our archives for every month of the past year of occupy. For December 2011, we’re remembering the holiday season shared with Occupy, building community after a turbulent time. Read stories from other months >>

New York, NY–Christmas Eve in Liberty Plaza

A group of Occupiers, holding lit middle finger candles, facing the New York Stock Exchange. The street is quiet, save for us. On the 99th day of the 99%, we did it, for the first time. We are Occupying Wall Street.

 

 

 

New York, NY–A Visit to OWS on Christmas Eve

An occupier visits OWS on Christmas Eve and finds that even with cold weather and internal bickering, the movement is as strong as ever.

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November 2011: Eviction & Aftermath

This page is part of a larger feature called Occupy: 12 Events That Defined Year One. In the run-up to #S17, the one year anniversary of the movement, we will be posting stories from our archives for every month of the past year of occupy. For November 2011, we’re remembering evictions at various occupy communities, and what happened afterwards. Read stories from other months >>

Los Angeles, CA– Occupant

Remembering the eviction of Occupy LA.

 

 

 

Portland, OR– How Rose Found Her Roar

A young occupier in Portland gains new confidence after being arrested at the eviction of Occupy Portland

 

 

 

New York City– THE 99% BAT-SIGNAL: A Cry from the Heart of the World

On a somber day of action a few days after the eviction of Liberty Square, a few occupiers shine a light over the Brooklyn Bridge.

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October 2011: The Brooklyn Bridge Is Occupied

This page is part of a larger feature called Occupy: 12 Events That Defined Year One. In the run-up to #S17, the one year anniversary of the movement, we will be posting stories from our archives for every month of the past year of occupy. For October 2011, we’re featuring two stories from the October 1st march over the Brooklyn Bridge that ended in 700 arrests and marked a day of escalation for the movement. Read stories from other months >>

New York, NY– Resonant Resolve after the “Battle of Brooklyn Bridge”

A first-person story from one of the 700 arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on October 1st, 2011.
 

 

 

New York, NY– Love and Revolution on the Brooklyn Bridge

An occupier recounts his experience being arrested on the bridge on a first date.

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September 2011: Occupy Ignites

This page is part of a larger feature called Occupy: 12 Events That Defined Year One. In the run-up to #S17, the one year anniversary of the movement, we will be posting stories from our archives for every month of the past year of occupy, starting with stories on the first days at Liberty Square and the spouting of other encampments nationwide. Read stories from other months >>

 

New York City– First Night in Liberty Plaza

An occupier remembers his first night in Liberty Plaza as an affirmation of all that we can do for each other.

 

 

Los Angeles, CA– The Occupation of Los Angeles

As LA grapples with its place in the art world, a journalist becomes inspired by the ingenuity and hope of the city’s burgeoning Occupy community.

 

 

 

Birmingham, AL– The Birth of Occupy Birmingham

How Occupy Birmingham went from a man carrying a sign to an occupation.

 

 

 

Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt– From Tahrir To Occupy

For one Egyptian American, the Occupy movement is deja vu for the joyous feeling of community in Tahrir Square.

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