Two days before the 2-month celebration of the Occupy Wall Street movement, NYC’s flagship encampment was violently raided; it’s peaceful occupants told their settlement was no longer lawful, or tolerable. Prior to the riot police’s actions in Lower Manhattan, encampments in cities such as Oakland, St. Louis and Portland, Oregon were abolished – all in the name of public health & safety. At this rate, it’s easy to imagine this will be the fate of most Occupy Settlers across the country, but as Heather Gautney, sociology professor at Fordham University, declares, “Nothing helps a movement more than having a common enemy. Also, when a movement is able to stay nonviolent, it gives the movement the moral high ground.”
True, this string of crackdowns may embolden the ‘occupiers,’ and given the manner in which this multi-city shake down unfolded, even more citizens may choose to join the cause. Both participants and bystanders wait for the dust to settle and reveal whether there’s another chapter, or if we’ve finally reached the end of this story.
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