Occupy Wall Street's 1-Year Anniversary Begins This Weekend

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Are you going to tell your grandchildren that you were sleeping during the revolution?

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Impose Automaton | September 14, 2012

May Day (Photo: Gretchen Robinette)

May Day (Photo: Gretchen Robinette)

One year after its inception, Occupy Wall Street is celebrating it's anniversary with teach-ins, concerts, and a massive coordinated direct action designed to shut down the world's financial epicenter. Those of you griping about the “point” of Occupy Wall Street, or wondering why it hasn't done anything recently obviously didn't listen to this year's State of the Union, or hear about the Millionaire's Tax, or aren't concerned about Mitt Romney's taxes, or… need we continue?

The full schedule of events can be found here, as well as a map of the coordinated actions taking place to shut down Wall Street on Monday morning. The full press release is republished below. Are you going to help activists stop capitalism's dark heart from beating, if only for a few moments? Or are you going to tell your grandchildren that you were sleeping during the revolution?

SAT. SEPT 15: EDUCATION ~ Washington Square Park


The day’s events are about connecting with a broader community, teach-ins, skillshares, assemblies, public workshops and more. Looking for a chance to see how OWS organizing works, how movement veterans and newcomers interact? Saturday’s activities have many opportunities to tell those stories.

10:30am-12:30pm – Welcome and Orientation Activities, Lunch

12:30pm-4pm – Inaugural Assembly and Thematic Breakout Groups

4pm-7pm – Direct Action & Know Your Rights Training* + Closing Assembly
7:30pm-9pm – Debt Resistors’ Operation Manual Exclusive Preview Event, Judson Church

8-10:00pm – S17 Affinity Group Spokescouncil

SUN. SEPT 16: CELEBRATION


The day’s events are about flexing people power in the streets and utilizing public spaces. The Occupy movement continues to utilize culturally creative tactics to build the movement for social and economic justice.



10am-1pm – Spectra Frack Pipeline Blast Zone March with the Occupy Guitarmy, who will lead a musical march through the village to Foley Square. (Meet at Gansevoort and Hudson River Greenway)

12-5pm – Educational/community-oriented Occupy Town Square (Thomas Paine Park)
1pm-6pm – “99 REVOLUTIONS”, concert featuring Tom Morello, Jello Biafra, Das Racist, Rebel Diaz, Michelle Shocked, and more. (Foley Square)

6:30pm – Direct Action & Know Your Rights Training* (Foley Square)

7:30pm – Occupy Rosh Hashanah Services (Liberty Square/Zuccotti Park)



MON. SEPT 17: RESISTANCE Financial District 


On the one year anniversary, people from all walks of life are going to assemble in the streets of the Financial District in an outcry for economic justice. For on-the-ground updates please contact the OWS PR Team directly.



7am – The People’s Wall, a non-violent civil disobedience at the Stock Exchange.* + 99 Revolutions: a swirl of mobile intersection occupations throughout the Financial District which will spring from the People's Wall Action. (Final tipsheet will be out Sunday regarding Monday’s protest and meeting locations)
10am – Storm Wall Street, an ecologically themed convergence for a sustainable future (Bowling Green)

12-2pm – The 99% Return to Wall Street, this assembly will bring together Union workers and leadership, economics experts, faith, community members, students and occupiers to let our voices be heard once more at (Liberty Square/Zuccotti Park)

6-8pm – Popular Assembly (Foley Square)

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