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Monday Marks the One-Year Anniversary of 'Occupy Wall Street': Has the Movement Made a Difference?

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On Monday, protesters will gather near the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. People in more than 30 other cities around the world will also mark the occasion by attending rallies and marches.

One year ago, on September 17, 2011, a group of young people began camping in Zuccotti Park to protest corporate greed and economic inequality. The gathering quickly grew in numbers, also spreading to other cities around the country and globe. Occupiers became known for the slogan “We are the 99 percent!” and were occasionally joined by celebrities.

On November 15, 2011, New York City police officers shut down the encampment. One by one, Occupy encampments around the country were raided and dismantled. The loss of the encampments, combined with the movement’s lack of leadership or specific demands, caused Occupy to splinter and lose momentum. These days, the Occupy label has been co-opted to protest everything from climate change to illegal immigration.

So SodaHeads, what do you think? It’s been a year since Occupy Wall Street began. Has the movement made a difference?

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  • ConLibF... mikeyav... 2012/09/17 19:25:25
    ConLibFraud
    I don't answer stupid questions. Why don't you ask a question that makes sense?
  • mikeyav... ConLibF... 2012/09/20 14:21:45
    mikeyavelli
    +1
    obama blames the tea party obstructionists for all his failures. how could they be so powerful when the press ignores them?
  • ConLibF... mikeyav... 2012/09/20 15:25:37
    ConLibFraud
    They try to make anyone that opposes them look as the bad guys. Both libs and cons do it. And while the sheeple are distracted ... the rape and pillage of America continues.
  • goethe 2012/09/17 16:26:47
    Yes
    goethe
    +4
    They changed the topic of discussion at a time when there was only one topic. Unfortunately, as a TRUE grassroots movement, there were no leaders and manipulators to direct the action--no funding from corporations--no news network to give it gravitas and give it its meaning--and it was much easier for the banks and corporations to plant lies and disrupt it. It was a valiant attempt.
  • Flaming... goethe 2012/09/17 16:45:15
    Flamingo Flame Gem *AFCL*
    +2
    ows trashing los angeles and oakland ows trashing los angeles and oakland ows trashing los angeles and oakland

    You might as well just join those leeches of society.
  • nicstr2... goethe 2012/09/17 17:58:48
    nicstr28@gmail.com
    Hahahaha...dumb is as dumb does.....and you are DUMB
  • Mat 2012/09/17 16:05:51
    No
    Mat
    +1
    All they have done is dirty the streets/environment and shown evidence of mirroring the vermin they are.
  • Hawkeye 2012/09/17 16:00:51
    No
    Hawkeye
    +2
    From the TOP comment,,

    "OWS has taught Americans that murdering, raping, rioting ( and destroying both Publc and Private Property ) and demanding other people's money means at least one political party will love you."

    It will ALSO make the Left Wing MSM Praise you above ALL others,, Inflate your importance and exaggerate your relevance..


    And if they can get AWAY with it,, It will allow them to FABRICATE your achievements..
  • jerry 2012/09/17 15:46:02
    No
    jerry
    +1
    there has been a marked increase in VD !
  • Semper Fi 2012/09/17 15:42:38
    No
    Semper Fi
    A total failure (whatever their leaderless agenda was) at the taxpayer's expense.
  • Prepper Politics 2012/09/17 15:35:55
    No
    Prepper Politics
    +3
    A bunch of nobodies doing nothing. I didn't even realize it was over... that's how much of an impact it made.
  • lorrie Prepper... 2012/09/17 18:02:22
    lorrie
    our actions speak louder then words, you have to remember, the Occupy movement is a new system that will remain around the world for decades to come. you say they have not made a difference? just wait, watch and see. We are exposing the corruption everywhere and if you want to be a coward and not admit it. then i feel sorry for you. even the bible says that the world is full of deceit.
  • Prepper... lorrie 2012/09/19 19:02:18
    Prepper Politics
    Admit what? I seriously have no idea what they've accomplished by going around pissing and sh*tting on everything, doing drugs and trashing places up. Coward, my butt. While you were still crapping in your diapers and trying to convince everyone in your school that socialism is great, I was overseas getting my rear shot at.

    The only thing I saw exposed by OWS was their drugs, violence, and other crimes. Show me something different and I'll agree they made an impact.
  • lorrie Prepper... 2012/09/19 19:42:45
    lorrie
    so, who asked you to go overseas? that was your decision, furthermore, what the hell did that accomplish? Nothing. The U.S should just mind its own business, we may not agree on the muslim culture, but who is any one to judge, let alone go over there and try and change things? Doesn't America have enough of its own problems without sticking thier noses into everyone elses? The OWS will be around for a long time, those hoodlums who did those things do not represent the OWS. They are nothing to us.
  • Dhawgg 2012/09/17 15:25:55
    No
    Dhawgg
    +2
    it's made a difference in the lives of late night talk show writers. great comic fodder.
  • RubenRibnik 2012/09/17 15:17:50
    No
    RubenRibnik
    +2
    in crimes such as rape, murder, assults, vandaism, these people wanted to make a statement and did, that they are not worth listening to, showed me the type of peope that truely are behind this pres, they want and want, but will not work for what they want, but they will demonstrate and steal
  • click1695 2012/09/17 14:58:51 (edited)
    No
    click1695
    +1
    America hates Obama because they think Obama hates America LOL it's funny. Meanwhile in AFRICA...

    every 60 seconds in Africa a minute passes

    haha........waht? :')
  • Myopinionmatters 2012/09/17 14:32:32
    No
    Myopinionmatters
    +1
    Nope, the entire movement is a bunch of lazy "workers" who have nothing better to do than to just cause problems instead of working toward a solution.
  • sockpuppet 2012/09/17 14:22:35
    No
    sockpuppet
    +3
    I think a number of parks are more polluted now.
  • Ben 2012/09/17 14:22:13
    No
    Ben
    It was a nice idea and it raised a few questions for a while. But in the end, nothing was changed
  • mikeeonly 2012/09/17 14:08:10
    No
    mikeeonly
    +1
    look at the statistics
  • joel.a.brown.7 2012/09/17 14:06:06
    No
    joel.a.brown.7
    +2
    Not at all. Its a wild collection of anarchists, marxists, trust fund brats who take out their parental hatred on capitalism and Obama supporters - all hidden behind a bunch of stupid Guy Fawkes masks.
  • David 2012/09/17 14:03:25
    No
    David
    +2
    I have not seen any evidence that it has made any difference at all except for the fact that their presence has cost large cities greater expense for cleaning up after the protesters and in dealing with their criminal activity. Costs that most cities can ill-afford. The country is just as polarized and divided as it was a year ago and under the dismal leadership of Obama and his minions we have stagnated as a nation regardless of the spin the Leftist media puts on it.
  • Brendakp 2012/09/17 14:01:57
    No
    Brendakp
    +3
    I see no difference at all. it just furthers Obama's agenda.
  • Flamdingo 2012/09/17 13:58:50
  • President Camacho 2012/09/17 13:55:40
    No
    President Camacho
    +4
    Its a meaningless temper tantrum by selfisk zeros
  • alex 2012/09/17 13:46:46 (edited)
  • Preside... alex 2012/09/17 13:56:34
    President Camacho
    Awareness to what? Buying local isn't a great revelation.
  • whitewulf--the unruly mobster 2012/09/17 13:39:51
  • Flaming... whitewu... 2012/09/17 16:50:39
    Flamingo Flame Gem *AFCL*
    +1
    Oh******** !
  • sundance whitewu... 2012/09/17 22:36:53
    sundance
    It really is too bad that a crowd gathers, retards, narcissists and dullards, all craving someones attention. The above picture proves my point quite well. There was a legitimate agenda at work here, but poor leadership and even poorer planning led to chaos. This invited the type of element mentioned above. This subject needs to be addressed. However, it needs organization, and it needs representation. Leave it to people to take a perfectly good agenda, and screw it up for their own...Just a thought...
  • john richardson 2012/09/17 13:34:56
    No
    john richardson
    +2
    They showed what they were made of when they had to have a rape safe house to protect the females in the movement and this wasnt the only way they showed their true colors
  • Jean 2012/09/17 13:24:47
    Yes
    Jean
    +3
    It has made a difference, but not in the way it was intended. Because the Obama administration and democrats like Nancy Pelosi affiliated themselves with this bunch of filthy, vermin-infested criminals, more people have shied away from supporting Obama than would have under ordinary circumstances. It helped the "independents" to decide with whom they want to be associated.
  • Wahvlvke 2012/09/17 13:19:39
    No
    Wahvlvke
    +3
    Well ... I guess some crat libertards have paid attention to the dirty unwashed little commie useful idiots and one or two police who had to have their cars washed.
  • Dave**Gay for Girls** 2012/09/17 13:08:19
  • dave b 2012/09/17 13:01:34
    Yes
    dave b
    +4
    The OWS crowd has proven that Regressive Liberalism really has managed to dumb down generations of people who just dont get it.
  • Bill 2012/09/17 13:01:10
    No
    Bill
    +4
    Pointy heady people with a pointless point of view
  • Brother Bo 2012/09/17 12:59:29
    No
    Brother Bo
    +3
    They have irritated and inconvenienced a lot of honest citizens and businesses, they have demonstrated what a bunch of mindless Obama voting drones they are and they have caused and committed a multitude of crimes which will go unpunished as long as Obama and Holder are in charge of Law Enforcement. Marx and Engles would be proud.
  • Trust Noone 2012/09/17 12:53:31
    Yes
    Trust Noone
    +4
    They bring out the worst in people, jealousy and Envy followed by looting.
  • RoyJLores 2012/09/17 12:40:04
    No
    RoyJLores
    Neither OWS nor the Tea Party changed anything both got co-opted by the same Establishment they were supposed to fight and stupidly ended fighting each other...

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