A populist political movement first rose in America in the late 1890s. For whatever reason, that movement went dormant.
After World War II, prosperity spread throughout the country.
Young people began to organize civil unrest in the late 1960s, this time largely because of the Vietnam War. A charismatic actor rose to prominence and in 1980 his presidency brought sweeping change to economic policy and the role of government. Now, more than thirty years later, the seductiveness of Reagan's policies is wearing thin for the vast majority of Americans.
Last month, perhaps inspired by the so-called Arab spring, young people began camping out in New York City's Zucotti Park, saying they had had ENOUGH.
Cut to October 15 and the spread of OWS throughout the US. Stories on Occupy Phoenix:
- 'Occupy' movement coming to Phoenix
- Protest movement spreads across US
- Live updates from Occupy Phoenix (doesn't look like this site is still doing live updates)
- An Arizona icon explains "Occupy Phoenix"
- Occupy Phoenix protesters speak out about arrests (my friend Janet Higgins is quoted in this one)
As an aside, I thank the many friends of the Arizona Eagletarian who, over the last day or so expressed support and encouragement after I was ejected from a hearing conducted by the Joint Legislative Committee on Interfering with Independent Redistricting. However, I view my act -- (quietly) calling BULLSHIT on our illustrious state Sen. Andy Biggs (R-Publisher's Clearinghouse) overwhelmingly insignificant, in light of what people like Janet Higgins went through.
Janet's court date, on a charge of criminal trespass, a 3rd degree misdemeanor, is coming up on OCTOBER 26 (Wednesday this week), 10am in Phoenix Municipal Court, 300 W. Washington, Phoenix (map and directions here). She could use all the SUPPORT people would be willing to offer, including showing up to let people know Occupy Phoenix does not stand alone. If you go, please dress nicely (professional or business casual would be apppropriate).
Janet advised me this evening that the charge has been upgraded to Criminal Loitering. She also said an ACLU attorney would be representing her and several of those charged with her. Support would still be important.