Occupy Wall Street began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square (originally named Zucotti Park) in New York City. People far and wide came together to protest financial inequality and social injustice in its myriad forms. The Occupy movement proliferated globally, reaching 1500 cities worldwide (See the Occupy website). Though the protesters have long vacated the park, the Movement lives on, demonstrating at banks, commercial and public venues, and vocally supporting the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Occupy adherents turned out in force to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy in the wake of its devastation in fall 2012.
on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. Five years after police cleared the park in an overnight raid, demonstrators gathered to commemorate the movement with what they said has been its lasting impact. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
What makes an effective protest?