The first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street promises to be a day of celebration, general protest and direct action one year after the cry for representation for the 99 percent first rang out in the streets of New York City’s financial district.
Activists nationwide have struggled to keep the flames of mass dissent burning for the better part of this year. The anniversary is likely to rekindle protesters’ passions at least for the day, as organizers try to chart a course for the future and encourage more people to join the uprising against Wall Street’s dominating influence on politics.
Washington Square Park on September 15 will be a site of convergence, for gathering and information-sharing under the banner of “Education for Liberation,” according to Nina Mehta, an Occupy organizer who has been working the convergence spaces around S17.
“We’ve mostly been building a framework with some structure and scheduling, and open space for participation around education, solutions, movement and coalition-building,” says Mehta.
The following day, Occupy has planned a celebration in Foley Square, which Mehta says will be similar to S17, complete with an “area for tabling, information and Open Space, for participants to sign up and plan things to share,” and later in the afternoon the “99 Revolutions” concert, featuring Tom Morello and Jello Biafra.