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Occupy Didn’t Just “Change the Conversation.” It Laid the Foundation for a New Era of Radical Protest.


Five years ago, on the morning of September 17th, 2011, the only continuous inhabitant of Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park was a bronze statue of a businessman, seated permanently on a bench on the park’s west side.

That, of course, was before hundreds of demonstrators descended and built an encampment to protest the power of the 1%.

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