On Sunday, the Occupy Wall Street movement marked its 3 month anniversary with marches, teach-ins, and demonstrations. In just 90 days, what began as a small group of protesters sleeping in a New York City park has grown into an international grassroots movement.
Although several prominent OWS encampments have been suspiciously evicted from their public parks and plazas, the movement continues to gather steam via the internet. Several occupations have taken advantage of loopholes in ordinances used to deny them the First Amendment Right of peaceful assembly by inhabiting the parks by day, and moving to the public sidewalks at night.
But as many have already figured out, the encampments are merely a public display of this people’s movement. The real revolution is taking place in the hearts and minds of the millions of Americans who make up the disenfranchised 99%. As the popular OWS statment goes, “You cannot evict an idea who’s time has come.” The Occupy Wall Street movement is growing stronger, and the 1% is right to be terrified.
Shot in NYC, Oakland, and Cincinnati, this short film explores the state of the OWS protests now that local governments have removed permanent encampments, and asks what the future will be for this still-young nationwide movement.
This video was produced and edited by Chase Whiteside (interviews), Erick Stoll (camera), and Liz Cambron of New Left Media. Please consider making a holiday contribution to sustain their mission of documenting the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Image Credit: Flickr – qwrrty