Zuccotti Park Press
Since it’s appearance in Zuccotti Park in September 2011, the Occupy movement has spread to hundreds towns, cities and college campuses across the United States. To date, more than 6,500 people have been arrested in 111 U.S. cities, a number that grows daily. By early 2012 it was cliché to say the movement had shifted the national conversation—it has. No longer occupying small tent camps, the movement now occupies the national conscience as its messages spread organically from street protests, to op-ed pages to the White House itself. From the movement’s onset, Noam Chomsky has supported its critique of corporate corruption and encouraged its efforts to increase civic participation, economic equality, democracy and freedom for the 99%.
Through talks and conversations with movement supporters, Occupy presents a crystallization of Chomsky’s latest thinking on the cornerstones issues, questions and demands that are driving ordinary Americans to protest. How did we get to this point? How are the wealthiest 1% influencing the nation? How are the financial crisis and our political system linked? How has corporate personhood impacted the country and why should it be stopped? How can we get money out of politics? What would a genuinely democratic election look like? How can we redefine basic concepts like “growth” to increase equality and quality of life for all? How can we sustain the movement and turn this country around?
Zuccotti Park Press/ Occupied Media Pamphlet Series is founded to extend that spirit through the printed word and join in the advocacy of social change through public participation in debate, protest and direct democracy.
Produced by Adelante Alliance, a Brooklyn-based non-profit that serves the Spanish-speaking immigrant community, the goal of the new press is to produce accessible, affordable, pamphlet-size works by well-known and emerging voices who are inspired by a vision for a new society rooted in equality, democracy and freedom.