Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #ows is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to fight back against the richest 1% of people that are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.
OccupyWallSt.org is the oldest and most trusted online resource for the Occupy Movement. We were founded on July 14th, 2011 when Justine Tunney organized a scrappy group of anarchists to take the initiative in organizing a call to action published by Micah White in Adbusters magazine.
Some Leaders of a Leaderless (and Leader-full) Movement
OccupyWallSt.org is operated by The Occupy Solidarity Network, Inc. (OSN) a New York 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organization.
The following three people make up our board of directors:
Micah M. White, PhD
Micah White is the American creator of the Occupy Wall Street meme. He has been profiled by The New Yorker, The Walrus and the alumni magazine of Swarthmore College for his founding role in the movement. After eight years at Adbusters—where he rose from campaigns intern to guest editor, editor and ultimately editor-at-large—White is now the founder of Boutique Activist Consultancy and a board member of the Occupy Solidarity Network, OccupyWallSt.org.
Priscilla Grim works as a Content Cleric for Occupy, and is a Brooklyn mother, who has been miscredited with "secretly running the Occupy Movement out of her Brooklyn apartment this whole time" by Dan Rather. She co-founded the Shorty Award winning We Are The 99 Percent Tumblr blog and served as a co-founding editor (by being one of a handful of people who showed up at Bean & Bean) on the Occupied Wall Street Journal
Priscilla co-founded the Occupied Solidarity Network along with Justine to form a fund to support the work of occupy activists. To pay the bills, Priscilla is a proud team member at an educational website where she helps children learn through free online games. Before Occupy Wall Street, she helped in the founding of Real Punk Radio, and tried to fight media concentration. She wants to help build a transformed world in which people have all they need to live, so that they can make amazing things, raise their families, and build a better global society.
Justine Alexandra Roberts Tunney
Justine is the President and co-founder of OSN, a Software Engineer at Google, and a self-described "Champagne Tranarchist".
She wants to see a world revolution, starting with a popular uprising against the financial executives who plunder society without contributing any social utility. She hopes that her work will result in a friendlier and more compassionate society.
What do we stand for?
Here are some documents published in New York that have been well received by the movement:
Occupy Wall Street is committed to “making technologies, knowledge, and culture open to all to freely access, create, modify, and distribute.” In that spirit, we welcome journalists, activists, educators and others to make free use of all original content authored by OccupyWallSt.org. As thanks, we ask only that you provide a link back to this site.