Occupy is back? Movement gets a TV show, issues concrete demands, begins new protests

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 02/21/2012
By Elizabeth Flock

If you thought Occupy was over, you may want to think again.

Over the last several months, much of the media has reported that the movement had run its course. "Today it looks like a lot of Occupiers have decided that two months is enough," wrote CNBC from New York in November "Occupy movement is dead as a skunk," conservative blog the Gateway Pundit cheered the following month. "Occupy protesters lose steam,"Christian Broadcasting Network wrote in January, as the last protesters in Washington’s McPherson Square were evicted. And last week, a question was posed on Yahoo Answers: "When did Occupy Wall Street lose its credibility?" That question has now been deleted.

But as the first signs of spring appear, Occupy Wall Street seems to be alive and kicking once again. Or at least starting to get there. Here’s a short of what’s been "occupied," in the last two weeks alone.

Prison: Hundreds of Occupy protesters, some of whom had once been imprisoned themselves, rallied outside the gates of San Quentin prison in California on Monday to protest high incarceration rates and harsh living conditions, reports.

The SEC: Last week a group calling itself "Occupy the SEC" submitted a 325-page letter to federal regulators, in which it laid out concrete criticisms and proposals, Time Magazine reports. The letter was an answer to criticisms that the protesters have not been able to produce a single concrete demand.

The University of Rhode Island: A tent has been erected on campus, a "teach-in" has been scheduled, and a rally is scheduled for March, reports. Some protesters have suggested that if public parks are off-limits, the occupations should be moved to college campuses.

Maine television: Occupy Maine’s television show is now gaining steam, with its newest episode focusing on the Occupy movement’s actions post-eviction, AP reports. TV shows may represent a new way for Occupy to organize.

Corporate interest groups: Protests are currently being planned in some 60 cities against right-wing corporate interest group American Legislative Exchange Council for Feb. 29, the Guardian reports. The organizing group "Shut Down the Corporations" has other protests in the works.

The Guardian’s map showing which Occupy protests are still active around the world is now dotted with hundreds of red markers:

That said, the Occupy movement is nowhere near what it was in October, when it dominated the news headlines daily, garnered the support of unions, large student groups and celebrities, and occupied spaces across the United States.


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