In New York City, the Occupy movement takes on local causes

As questions grow about where the Occupy movement is headed, in New York City, where it all began, attention is turning to local issues.

But the protesters are also drawing on an earlier mass movement which, like the stop-and-frisk protests, was concerned with racial justice; the civil rights protests of the 1960s. It is echoed in their chants, “stop-and-frisk has got to go, we say no to the New Jim Crow,” referring to the system of legal segregation in the American South defeated by the civil rights movement.

It’s evident in their tactics of non-violent civil disobedience, and is also explicit in the way the protesters describe themselves as a “new generation of freedom riders.”

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About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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