Remembering Occupy Wall Street: America’s Favorite ‘Terrorists’

Today, Thought Catalog published my retrospective on the Occupy Wall Street movement. This is a revised and updated version of an article I wrote in January 2014.

Day 14 of Occupy Wall Street. (Image Credit: David Shankbone / WikiMedia Commons)

Day 14 of Occupy Wall Street. (Image Credit: David Shankbone / WikiMedia Commons)

It has been three years, more or less, since we last heard from the United States’ favorite domestic terrorist cell, the Occupy Wall Street movement. True, Occupiers have popped up here and there for various protests and Walmart has enabled online shoppers to preserve their fond memories of a tented Zucotti Park for $42.75, but for the most part Occupy lies dormant, its body-painted, tattooed, disgruntled and predominantly millennial insurgency smoldering like a chastened volcano.

“Terrorists?” you may balk. Surely not. Perhaps you prefer “freedom fighter?” Your federal government does not hold with such semantics. 

This is no exaggeration. The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund was able to obtain over one-hundred pages of FBI documents that labeled the Occupy movement as “domestic terrorists.” These documents were finally released, heavily redacted, after one Freedom of Information Act request and one year of struggle. That was in December 2012. 

Read the rest on Thought Catalog.

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