User:LucasF/Timeline of Occupy Wall Street

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Friday, November 4, 2011

  • July 9 – Adbusters registers the domain name
  • July 13 – Inspired by the Arab Spring movement and protests in Spain, Toronto based magazine, Adbusters calls for a leaderless occupation of Wall Street on September 17. Whilst Adbusters advocated that any goals of the protest should be decided by the protesters they did demand “Barack Obama ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington.”
  • July 26 – is launched.
  • August 30 – Hacktivist group Anonymous posted a video on Youtube encouraging participation in the Occupy Wall Street campaign. The group claimed they would occupy wall Street for “months”. Anonymous encouraged participation on its Twitter and Facebook accounts.
  • September 9 – A tumblr blog entitled “We are the 99%” was set up to support the OWS movement. The blog serves as a place for people to post their personal stories and pictures about being part of the “99%”. The blog remains active as of November 4, 2011
  • September 17 (Day 1)– The protests begin with over 1000 attending. Zuccotti Park, a park 4 minutes walk from Wall Street, becomes the camp and staging ground for protesters.
  • September 19 (Day 3) – Keith Olbermann becomes the first mainstream American journalist to cover the protests. Olbermann criticised the news media for ignoring the protests. He asked "Why isn't any major news outlet covering this? ... If that's a Tea Party protest in front of Wall Street ... it's the lead story on every network newscast." By this stage 7 protesters had been arrested.
  • September 20 (Day 4) – The New York Police Department arrests protesters for violating a 166 year old law banning masked gatherings unless part of a “masquerade party or like entertainment".
  • September 22 (Day 6) – OWS demonstrators interrupt a Sotheby art auction to show support for the art handler's union. Activists accuse Sotheby of trying to weaken the union and cut worker's health benefits pulling in record profits. It is the first time that OWS and union groups have worked together.
  • September 24 (Day 8) – A video of a police officer pepper spraying a seemingly non-violent demonstrator, Chelsea Elliot, goes viral. On the same day 80 people are arrested in a peaceful demonstration.
  • September 26 (Day 10) – Anonymous leaks the alleged identity, address and phone number of the police officer who pepper sprayed Chelsea Elliot.
  • September 29 (Day 13) – Occupy Philadelphia begins.
  • September 30 (Day 14) – Over 1000 protesters marched on NYPD headquarters in New York in response to alleged police brutality.
  • September 30 (Day 14) – Occupy Boston begins.
  • October 1 (Day 15) – Over 700 demonstrators are arrested after trying to march across the Brooklyn Bridge. Police claim they only arrested protesters blocking traffic. Bina Ahmad of the National Lawyers Guild said she saw the police using unnecessary violence.
  • October 1 (Day 15 continued) – Occupy Washington D.C begins.
  • October 5 (Day 19) – Several of America's largest unions pledge their support for the Occupy Movement. This included the Teamsters and the New York State United Teachers. Somewhere between 10,000 – 20,000 protesters march on New York's financial district, overrunning police blockades.
  • October 6 (Day 20) – United States President Barack Obama says he understands the frustrations of the protesters.
  • October 6 (Day 20 continued) – Hundreds of Chinese pensioners gather in Zhengzhou, China to express solidarity with the OWS movement. The Chinese government has so far scrubbed any mention of Occupy Wall Street from Chinese news services and social networking sites.
  • October 11 (Day 25) – Activists in Oakland set up camp Frank Ogawa Plaza to begin Occupy Oakland.
  • October 15 (Day 29) – Occupy London begins. London protesters attempt to gather at London Stock Exchange in Paternoster Square but are repelled by police. The demonstrators later gather on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral.
  • October 15 (Day 29 continued) – The October 15 global protests begin, inspired by the Occupy movement, the Arab Spring and protests in Spain. Protests occur in over 950 and 82 countries. These included: Berlin, Dublin, Helsinki, Madrid, Melbourne, Sydney, Taipei and many others.
  • October 17 (Day 31) – Adbusters proposes another demonstration, this time a world wide demonstration on October 29 to pressure G20 countries to impose a 1% “Robin Hood Tax” on their wealthiest citizens. October 29 was chosen to coincide with the eve of the G20 meetings in Cannes, France.
  • October 19 (Day 33) – The NYPD announced it would take disciplinary action against the officer who pepper sprayed Chelsea Elliot . The commander involved could lose up to 10 vacation days.
  • October 20 (Day 34) – Freelance Journalist Lisa Simeone is fired from her radio series Soundprint for her part in organising OWS protests. Soundprint is produced by National Public Radio and cited NPR's ethics code. They said Ms Simeone had violated NPR ethics by becoming involved in an event NPR would cover. Ms Simeone called this move “McCarthyism” stating her show was not a news show and there was no conflict of interest.
  • October 21 (Day 35) – Occupy Melbourne is forcefully ended by police.
  • October 25 (Day 39) – Protests in Oakland become violent as hundreds of police advance on demonstrators. Authorities used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds. Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen was left in a critical condition after being hit in the head by a “police projectile”. Videos of protesters trying to help Olsen go viral on YouTube.
  • October 26 (Day 40) – Hundreds of protesters march around Union Square, New York in support of Scott Olsen, who was in intensive care due to injuries sustain the previous night.
  • October 27 (Day 41) – In the wake of increasingly violent protests Jean Quan, Mayor of Oakland, said protesters could stay if they obeyed the law. Critics said Mayor Quan had flip flopped on the issue as she had been the one to sign off on the plan by Oakland Police to advance on the camp.
  • October 29 (Day 43) – More than a dozen protesters were arrested in skirmishes with police when authorities advanced on the protester's camp in Denver, Colorado. Police dispersed protesters by firing pellets full of pepper spray.
  • November 1 (Day 46) – Tennessee officials agree to stop enforcing a curfew brought in to dislodge Occupy demonstrators in Nashville. A Tennessee Judge said that curfew was a "clear prior restraint on free speech rights."
  • November 2 (Day 47) – Oakland workers stage the Oakalnd's first city-wide general strike since 1946. The strike came as a response to injuries sustained by veteran Scott Olsen on October 25. Oakland Protesters successfully shutdown the Port of Oakland, America's fifth busiest port.
  • November 3 (Day 48) – Riot police use flash bang grenades and tear gas to disperse protesters who had lit a large bonfire in downtown Oakland. Dozens more protesters were arrested.
  • November 4 (Day 49) - . Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, said he sympathised with the OWS protesters but said their anger towards the Fed is misguided. He said "What we were doing was trying to protect the financial system in order to prevent a serious collapse of both the financial system and the American economy... Our motives are strictly to do what's in the interest of the broad public." The Occupy Together Meetup page lists protests occurring in 2,298 cities world wide.