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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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  • Preside... jack_kazim 2012/09/17 14:01:01
    President Camacho
    Prove it obot.
  • jack_kazim Preside... 2012/09/19 11:40:03
  • David jack_kazim 2012/09/17 14:06:06
    David
    Time to put down the crack pipe. What does OWS have to do with the Tea Party.
  • jack_kazim David 2012/09/19 11:42:24
  • Of Thee... jack_kazim 2012/09/17 14:24:40
  • jack_kazim Of Thee... 2012/09/19 11:44:32
  • Bali jack_kazim 2012/09/18 10:57:54
    Bali
    where did you pull those stats from? dont think the baggers took off for a year to bag, do you?
  • lorrie Bali 2012/09/17 18:06:42
    lorrie
    most of them have jobs. what an ignorant comment you made, do you even know any of them? i can see why the world is the way it is, because of stupid creatures like you
  • Bali lorrie 2012/09/18 10:59:11
    Bali
    you silly t***, have you not looked at these useless dregs...all freeloading scum, just taht simple. hows it working out for them anyway? looks to me like they struck out.
  • lorrie Bali 2012/09/18 14:49:30
    lorrie
    Awe, did i hurt your feelings? You are ignorant, you don't have a clue what you are talking about. I feel sorry for you.
  • Bali lorrie 2012/09/18 17:18:36
    Bali
    No, my feelings are just fine toots. What are you, a progressive? So where is the progress that these lowlifes made evident? You should feel sorry for yourself....being such an ignorant fool.
  • lorrie Bali 2012/09/18 17:52:16 (edited)
    lorrie
    You are such a fool, you just don't get it do you, and all i am doing is laughing at you. I truly feel sorry for you for being a sheep. I have no worries in my life, I have a good job, no one is scamming me, no debts. etc. I have a brain and I use it. I bet you can't say the same. You are probably liviing in hell within yourself. I TRULY FEEL SORRY FOR YOU. I won't be reading anymore of your nonsense so don't bother to respond back, I can't reason with such ignorance anyhow. Have a nice day.
  • Bali lorrie 2012/09/18 20:24:12
    Bali
    Let me know when you pull your head out.....until then, pound sand imbecile.
  • Stan Zebell 2012/09/17 10:00:34
    No
    Stan Zebell
    +2
    Has it made a "difference"... Difference in what? That we are witnessing a rehash of the cyclical calls to abandon representation and "capitalism" for the security blanket of having some overbearing dictatorship direct our every action and claim ownership to all material wealth (as well as his subjects)...is this somehow different that 1967, 1928, 1864...etc?
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/09/17 09:48:52
    Yes
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +2
    It has brought a number of issues to light that. It has also exposed the huge disconnect between two generations. One generation wants to pretend that things haven't changed. They say "the world worked this way for us, so it's good enough for you." Unfortunately, that world doesn't exist anymore. They accuse the protesters of being lazy and unmotivated, despite doing exactly what the older generation told them to do. The protesters do want jobs, they want the future they worked for. Any of you who sit there accusing them of being foolish for turning down jobs as fry cooks should try living off of anything less than $12/hr in this modern economy.
  • Jackie ... Beat Ma... 2012/09/17 12:00:49
  • lorrie Beat Ma... 2012/09/17 18:09:33
    lorrie
    Your right, it has made a difference in exposing the greed and corruption in our society. In spite of the bad that it has brought out, alot of good has come out of it too. Occupy will be around for decades.
  • Mark 2012/09/17 09:46:16
  • Jackie ... Mark 2012/09/17 11:58:26
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +1
    LOL true that
  • Wyveryx 2012/09/17 09:38:36
    Yes
    Wyveryx
    +3
    It showed the world just how miscreants behave.

    "Let's get together to protest."
    "Sure thing!"

    A week goes by....

    "Aw man...look at this mess."
    "Should we clean it up?"
    "Oh hell no. We'll let the 1% clean it up."

    Clueless people making the lives of those they seek to represent even harder.
  • Tracie Richards~PWCM~JLA 2012/09/17 09:33:08
    No
    Tracie Richards~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    The only difference it has made to me personally is to open my eyes to the fact that most of these people have no common cause.
    The majority of them behave like spoiled children, who have no regard for the mess they make during a tantrum.
  • El Prez 2012/09/17 09:22:38
    No
    El Prez
    +1
    Not really! Too disorganized!!!
  • Batou 2012/09/17 07:53:18
    Yes
    Batou
    +3
    Yes they have.

    See http://whattheheckhasoccupydo...

    Since we are still talking about OWS one year after the inception it seems the movement is still very much alive in public consciousness.
  • Jackie ... Batou 2012/09/17 12:02:22
  • Batou Jackie ... 2012/09/17 13:30:29
    Batou
    Whether a group of people demonstrate for something is determined by their ideas and actions, not by actions of a tiny minority within it, which the group as a whole doesn't agree with. This is pretty basic stuff, which anyone who was capable of engaging in substantive discussion of the topic at hand rather than making childish insults would have been able to figure out.
  • Jackie ... Batou 2012/09/17 15:20:57
  • Batou Jackie ... 2012/09/18 01:52:42
    Batou
    Lol. Pretense of intelligent discourse??? Your ad hominems make it pretty clear that you can't even engage in civil discussion. Intelligent discourse isn't even on your radar. And why pretend that it is?
    Do you really think anyone will buy that you are here for "intelligent discourse" from your fixation with human excretion to such an extent that you are unable to discuss the topic at hand?
  • Jackie ... Batou 2012/09/18 01:56:37
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Thanks, I really like wining - the snide insults are always the tell tale sign -- LOLOL

    You have a nice evening now
  • Batou Jackie ... 2012/09/18 02:36:17 (edited)
    Batou
    Ha Ha. That's hilarious. I really needed that.
    I wish i could send you some sort of trophy denoting your unrivaled dedication to talking about sidewalk defecation to commemorate the victory.

    You truly are a master. Nay, a champion. And if I ever find myself in "intelligent discourse" on human waste I will surely call on your expertise.

    Rest well, winer.
  • lorrie Batou 2012/09/17 18:11:33
    lorrie
    in spite of the bad publicity OWS has been getting, its also doing good by exposing the greed and corruption that is in the world. too bad people are such cowards and don't want to admit it.
  • Erok 2012/09/17 06:17:47
    No
    Erok
    +2
    Bunch of spoiled little douche bags should have all gotten their asses kicked!!!
  • golem48 2012/09/17 05:53:22
    No
    golem48
    +2
    Only in the numbers miscreants defecating in public..
  • COCO golem48 2012/09/17 07:27:17
    COCO
    Agreed,keep multiplying like the cockroaches that they are.
  • ariesheshelala 2012/09/17 05:43:12
    No
    ariesheshelala
    +2
    In the beginning, i would say yes! They were making a difference,but as time went by it seemed like they fell apart and became more of a nuisance than anything. They trashed a park near where i work and urinated on the sidewalks and left their garbage everywhere. So No!!! I think they've done more harm than good which is sad and disappointing.
  • Dan der Mensch 2012/09/17 05:05:52
    Yes
    Dan der Mensch
    I now hate that Guy Fawkes mask, whereas before I wouldn't have cared.
  • KingdomNow 2012/09/17 04:31:04
    No
    KingdomNow
    +3
    ...unless confirming that a handful of whiny, spoiled, leftist morons could get media attention for a few minutes was their goal...
  • DebraJMSmith 2012/09/17 04:30:21
    No
    DebraJMSmith
    +2
    It cost cities a ton of money, cleaning up after them.
  • stevmackey 2012/09/17 04:28:01
    No
    stevmackey
    +1
    They copied the actions of the crowds in Russia at the time of the Czars assassination. This is mot a Socialist country. They should all be in jail.
  • jack_kazim stevmackey 2012/09/17 12:23:28
  • Stevethinks 2012/09/17 04:26:02
    No
    Stevethinks
    +4
    NO! They were a bunch of idiots without purpose except to show their ass in public.

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