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Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Occupy Wall Street collection, MSS 393, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
Donated by Leslie M. Behm, Hailey Mooney, and materials from various Occupy Wall Street websites in 2011.
Processed by Leslie M. Behm and Jeanne Chung in May 2012.
A people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan's Financial District, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. OWS fought back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to fight back against the richest 1% of people that are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future. -OWS web page.
The collection includes pictures, posters, bumper stickers, t-shirt, newspapers, and articles from and about the Occupy Wall Street Movement, both the national movement and iterations in various cities around Michigan. The collection is by no means a comprehensive collection, but is a representational one of the various elements of the movement.