World Wide density of Sustained Occupy-
related demonstrations lasting more
than a day with over 200
demonstrators by country.
Sep. 17, 2011-Nov. 14, 2011.
• Over 100 Sustained Demonstrations
sites with over 200 people •
• Between 6-20 Sustained Demonstration
sites with over 200 people •
• Less than 5 Sustained Demonstration
sites with over 200 people •
• No information •
While a number of large protest happened on
Oct. 15 around the world, evidence was
not found to prove a sustained
occupation demonstration lasting more than
a day with over 200 people.
Due to a significant reduction in donations, Occupy has significantly less money in its coffers. While there continue to be attempts to reclaim encampment sites, they are largely unccessful. The most notable encampments which remain in tact seem to be Occupy DC and Occupy London Stock Exchange, both of which recieve letters threatening eviction if they do not voluntarily clear their encampments. In Oakland, California, the movement has become increasingly more militaristic, and by the end of the month, it vandalizes City Hall and breaks into a YMCA.
With Zuccotti Park cleared, the movement struggles with visibility. During this month, the New York City occupation adopts offices to take care of business.
While demonstrations continue, they have significantly less attention from conventional media. The decreased media attention means the movement gets less attention from the general public and consequently fewer sympathizers willing to join their demonstrations. As a consequence of lower participation, and decreased media attention, municipalities find it easier to clear occupy encampments without backlash from communities.
As a response to the Oakland encampment clearing and subsequent violent interactions with police, Oakland protestors shut down the port of Oakland and hold the first successful general strike in the United States since 1946, which coincidentally was also in Oakland as a result of a labor dispute.
As the movement garners media attention, and popular support, local governments start to evict Occupy protesters- which inadvertently fuel the movement’s numbers as sympathizers who stayed out of demonstrations, join in solidarity. The impact of social media becomes evident during the clearing of Zuccotti Park on November 15, where most conventional media were kept away from the park or arrested; social media blogs and news feeds continuously stream video and updates, calling for people to join in solidarity. The raiding and eviction galvanize sympathizers, leading to large crowds on November 17, during the "National Day of Action."
A report by the AP reveals that by the months end, the fiscal impact of the movement across the country is in excess of $13 million, mostly in police overtime.
The month begins with a mass arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge, which serves as a catalyst for a national movement as it galvanizes supporters causing occupy encampments to spring up across the country. The mass arrest on the Brooklyn Bridge brings an exponential increase of conventional media coverage.
During the month, the Occupy Wall St. website calls for a Global Day of Action— on October 15. While demonstrations happen around the world, it seems that some of the international protests pre-date the Occupy movement, and in most cases, the issues used to rally protesters are extremely diverse, and call for a wide range of demands.
Local governments begin to get weary of the prolonged presence of the encampments citing crime, health and safety hazards. While some municipalities threaten to evict, few actually do. Oakland seems to be the first major city to see a clearing of an encampment site, but it is riddled with controversy as it is done with a disproportionately large number of local authorities during the early hours of the morning while protestors were sleeping- leading to violent clashes with local authorities for the next few nights.
The movement's donations explode; by the middle of the month, it has nearly a quarter of a million dollars, overseen by a 21 year old art student with no financial background.
Organized Labor across the country endorses the movement which fuels the movement with people and organizational structure.
A poll conducted in October of New Yorkers showed that more than two thirds back the movement.
The name Occupy Wall St is born out of an Adbusters summer publication which called for the "occupation" of Wall St. Adbusters is an anticonsumerist magazine based out of Canada.
With the movement in its infancy, there is very little conventional media attention- despite the fact that about 5,000 have people are demonstrating with no plans to leave. However, on social media websites like Reddit, the movement garners a lot of attention from activist and people who want to bring attention to a plethora of demands, most notably disparity in income distribution and accountability of corporations and banks. The movement begins to gather donations, and establishes its own news-media. The occupy media is run by volunteers with computers and cell phone cameras which post live updates of everything from general assembly gatherings, demonstrations and increasingly encounters with local authorities. The use of live updates via social media becomes an organizing tool to rally sympathizers and to capture the attention of conventional media.
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