Sunday marked the return of Occupy Wall Street to New York City as preparations got underway to celebrate its second birthday on September 17.
There were free teach-ins at Washington Square Park in many subjects, including the Trans Pacific Partnership, Green Living Principles, Economic and Banking issues, Immigration, Climate Change, and Money In Politics. Several hundred people joined the classes which ran throughout the day. People were there to learn and enjoy themselves.
Later there was a walking tour of the financial district around Wall Street. The tour began next to the Wall Street Bull in Bowling Green where people reminisced about their experiences in Zuccotti Park in 2011.
Many spoke about how the movement changed and inspired them to dedicate their lives to activism and change in their communities.
There was nostalgia in Zuccotti Park as people told stories and reminisced with old friends about personal experiences and why they believe the issues underlying the social movement are still relevant.
There was one big difference, however: things were a lot less tense compared to last year at S17. At least, the people were relaxed, although police persisted in closely monitoring the walking tour its entire length. Somehow they seemed to expect law-breaking. Some things haven’t changed much.
The week promises to be more eventful as more rallies in labor, money in politics and tax on Wall Street are scheduled for the anniversary of OWS, September 17.
- Anticipating the Second Anniversary #Occupy Wall Street (danpatterson.com)
- Occupiers share solidarity, get fired up for S17 with art, music (coolrevolution.net)
- Zuccotti Park Re-Occupied (coolrevolution.net)