This is such an appropriate picture of her. Iconic even. (she is the one with the green sign, out front)
What began as a small group of protesters expressing their grievances about economic inequities last month from a park in New York City has evolved into a national phenomenon — and an online conversation that is spreading across the country on social media platforms.
Inspired by the populist message of the group known as Occupy Wall Street, more than 200 Facebook pages and Twitter accounts have sprung up in dozens of cities during the past week, seeking volunteers for local protests and fostering discussion about the group’s concerns.
The overriding theme? People who see themselves as victims of not just a sagging economy but also economic injustice.
“I don’t want to be rich. I don’t want to live a lavish lifestyle,” a woman wrote on Tumblr, the social network, describing herself as a college student worried about the burden of student debt. “I’m worried. I’m scared, thinking about the future shakes me. I hope this works. I really hope this works.”
The online conversation has grown at the same time that massive street protests have taken place in cities nationwide — Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Seattle and Portland. A website, Occupy Together, is trying to aggregate the online conversations and the off-line activities.
What the movement doesn’t have right now are the same concrete goals of some past social movements — a lack that many demonstrators seem to be embracing, at least for the moment. But organizers have been encouraging people to tell their stories on Tumblr, spotlighting people of different backgrounds, each tale of economic hardship ending with: “I am the 99 percent.”
— From wire reports