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From September 17, 2011 – the first day activists moved into Zuccotti Park near Manhattan’s Wall Street – to November 15, 2011, when the New York City police cleared their encampment, the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement commanded rapt public attention. OWS activists championed social and economic justice, sparking similar Occupy movements in 1,000 cities around the world. Journalist and activist Danny Schechter’s slim book provides a day-to-day report of the OWS movement’s encampment that puts you behind the scenes. With the cautionary note that Schechter is a participant and not an objective observer, getAbstract recommends his on-the-scene, impassioned account of fervent participatory democracy.

About the Author

The author of 14 books, veteran journalist and filmmaker, Emmy-Award winner Danny Schechter has produced or directed 30 documentaries and TV specials. He is the editor of Mediachannel1.org, and writes daily blogs as News Dissector.

 

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Taking Democracy to the Streets

In early 2011, pro-democracy Egyptian activists gathered in mass demonstrations in Tahrir Square in Cairo. The square became the focal point and the symbol of increasingly popular demonstrations in the city. Eventually, millions of Egyptians took part. They demanded democracy, economic justice and substantial changes in Egypt’s government. Spurred by their activism, Egypt’s military forces ousted the nation’s longtime, corrupt dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Later that year, Spanish protesters gathered in Puerta del Sol (Gate of the Sun), a prominent square in the heart of Madrid. These activists, known as Indignados, transformed Puerta del Sol into their own Tahrir Square. They called their grassroots protest movement “Real Democracy.” As happened in Cairo, the traditional and online media heavily publicized the massive protests, which became known as the May 15th (M15) movement.

Their numbers included “disillusioned youth, [the] unemployed, pensioners, students, immigrants and other disenfranchised groups.” They demanded reasonably priced housing, jobs, a responsive government and an end to corruption. The M15 activists ...


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