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This Changes Everything by Sarah van Gelder

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PART IOCCUPY WALL STREET

Who would have thought that a scrappy group of activists camped in a park with drums, tarps, cardboard, Sharpies, and some donated pizza could change the world?

How did that happen?

In chapter 1, Andy Kroll looks back to the critical early moments in which a traditional progressive rally was hijacked, top-down organizing gave way to “horizontal” activism, and hundreds settled in Zuccotti Park and declared an occupation.

You could argue that protesters made things more difficult for themselves by relying on consensus decision-making. David Graeber, who was there, thinks the move was audacious and brilliant—see chapter 2.

What was it like in Zuccotti Park on the night when occupiers and supporters awaited a threatened eviction? ...

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