What began on Sept 17, 2011 as an extended sit-in in a park in Manhattan-- the bastion of US capitalism-- the Occupy Movement grew into a worldwide movement with a simple message, "We are the 99%."
And we are oppressed by the 1% who own the world's wealth.
Occupy's we're-all-in-this-together-- regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or location on the globe-- message presented an ah-ha moment and raised the class consciousness of millions of people.
Although small-scale compared to big-city encampments, Occupy Tucson was one of the longest running, ongoing encampments and one of the most harassed by local police and one of the most ignored by the local media. Hundreds of tickets for violating park curfews were issued to Tucson Occupiers in nightly park sweeps. At one point in 2011, more Occupy tickets had been issued in Tucson than in any other US city-- except for New York City.
Today, Occupy Tucson lives on-- not in the parks-- but in a small office in the Alliance for Global Justice headquarters, where several activist groups share space. Well-known local Occupiers and their allies regularly speak out or organize actions related to ending corporate personhood, stopping Citizens United, building a sustainable community, ending drone warfare, stopping genetically modified foods, and other issues of the day. [Video links and the impact of Occupy after the jump.]