Thursday, March 8, 2012
When Occupy Wall Street and the ensuing Occupy movement captured the world’s attention in the fall of 2011, the world wasn’t exactly sure what hit it. Through a series of up-close portraits of the movement in both planning and execution, this webinar will explore how it has succeeded as well as what its challenges will be in the coming months. Drawing from his experience covering the Occupy movement since the early planning stages, Nathan Schneider will focus on the role of strategizing.
The story of Occupy Wall Street, of course, is not solely one about Occupy Wall Street. This was just one among other daring attempts to mount major mobilizations in the United States that season, several of which I was covering concurrently. As the Occupy movement spread, it became ever more clear that what was taking place was one manifestation of an emerging global movement. Now, as the movement enters an election year in the United States, it faces the challenge of launching a cluster of focused, interrelated campaigns, as well as mounting successful mass mobilizations that can change the media narrative and win tangible gains.
Nathan Schneider is an editor of Waging Nonviolence, a website of news and analysis on struggles for justice and peace around the world. Beginning in July and August of 2011, he was the first journalist to be allowed to cover the planning of what would become the Occupy movement. He has since written about it for Harper’s, The New York Times, The Nation, the Boston Review, Truthout, Yes! magazine, The Catholic Worker, and more. He has also contributed to two of Occupy Wall Street’s print publications, The Occupied Wall Street Journal and Tidal: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy.
- Download Presentation slides
- Schneider, Nathan. “Dreaming Big OWS Organizers Plan Spring Offensive.” The Indypendent, Issue 173, January 25, 2012. Available online
- Schneider, Nathan. “Some Assembly Required: Witnessing the birth of Occupy Wall Street.” Harper’s Magazine, February 2012. Click here to download
- Schneider, Nathan. “Thank You, Anarchists.” The Nation, December 19, 2011. Available online
- Schneider, Nathan. “Who will occupy Wall Street on September 17?” Waging Nonviolence, September 13, 2011. Available online