Publisher: Jacobin Magazine
Date Written: 14/11/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20113
Five years after its formation and demise, Occupy is mostly a study in what to avoid for the anti-Trump movement.
When the five-year anniversary of the initial encampment passed this September, reporters, participants, and others praised Occupy for building a political consciousness that fueled Occupy Sandy, Black Lives Matter, Fight for 15, and the antiKeystone Pipeline protests, among others. As Sean Illing wrote for Salon, "Occupy Wall Street didn't so much fail as fracture into various groups and causes." These offshoots, he argued, might directly challenge corporate power in a way the original movement never could.
An effective opposition movement cannot be about privilege checking or soul searching. It must challenge the structures and forces that brought Trump to power. Campus safe spaces won't do this. Neither will safety pins.