In the May 1 issue of the Spectator, I take note of the tension between the Occupy Wall Street movement and a collective of progressive organizations working together as 99% Spring. 99% includes institutional, progressive groups such as MoveOn.org, the AFL-CIO, the United Auto Workers, SEIU, and Rebuild the Dream. Although organized labor showed up early to support the Occupy movement, the 99 percenters’ appropriation of the movement’s language and message has provoked a backlash from occupiers. Most notably from Adbusters, the Vancouver-based, anti-corporate magazine that sparked the September 17 occupation of Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan.
There's something alluring in the image that called out to the first 150 Occupy Wall Street protestors, who arrived in Lower Manhattan on September 17.
A ballerina poised on the back of the iconic "Wall Street Bull" statue in Bowling Green Park in the Financial District.
A ballerina poised on the back of the iconic “Wall Street Bull” statue in Bowling Green Park in the Financial District.
The almost unbearable lightness of the dancer (who is actually a member of the Boston Ballet) as a counterpoint to the muscularity of the bull.
The text is as enigmatic as the image.
What is our one demand? #OccupyWallStreet. September 17th. Bring Tent.