What’s MoveOn’s relationship to Occupy Wall Street?
MoveOn stands in solidarity with the brave protesters at Occupy Wall Street, but we’re not Occupy Wall Street and we’re not trying to become Occupy Wall Street. That said, many individual MoveOn members have chosen to participate in their local occupations and many others have provided material support.
MoveOn’s members agree with many of the core beliefs that protesters at Occupy Wall Street have expressed—that corporations have far too much power in our political system, that our economy is only working for the richest 1% of Americans while leaving 99% of us behind, and that big Wall Street banks wrecked our economy and were never held accountable.
And as would be true with any diverse, vibrant movement like Occupy Wall Street, MoveOn members don’t agree with everything every Occupy Wall Street supporter says. But we’re grateful for the amazing work that Occupy Wall Street has done to highlight deep problems that for too long have been ignored in public discussions.
What does it mean that MoveOn is “standing in solidarity” with Occupy Wall Street. What has MoveOn done to help?
MoveOn members across the country have taken a variety of actions to stand with protesters, to join them, to defend their right to protest, and to get out the amazing stories about what they’re doing.
Here are some ways MoveOn members have stood in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street:
We joined with unions and others to organize a solidarity march from Foley Square down to Occupy Wall Street on October 5 and thousands of MoveOn members joined in.
Tens of thousands of MoveOn members participated in a Virtual March on October 5, submitting statements of support that were projected onto a building across from Zuccotti Park.
We asked our members near occupations in cities across the country to “contribute a few dollars, donate materials, or go down and participate,” and sent them the link to their nearest occupation.
When Mayor Bloomberg threatened to evict Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park, more than 325,000 MoveOn members signed a petition to Bloomberg demanding he not evict them. The petition signatures were delivered to City Hall that night by a march from Occupy Wall Street. At the same time, thousands of MoveOn members called the city demanding they stop the eviction, and hundreds of New York MoveOn members headed to Zuccotti Park at 6 a.m. to stand in solidarity with the protesters and defend their right to peaceably assemble. When Bloomberg backed down, we sent around a video of the moment.
Thousands of MoveOn members around the country participated in Occupy events on October 15.
As occupiers in other cities have faced evictions, local MoveOn members have organized to defend their right to peaceably assemble.