Occupy Wall Street, October 2011. Here are a collection of photographs of some protest signs from the early days of the Occupy movement’s rallying in lower Manhattan. Photos taken and submitted by Noran Elzarka. 

Check out more of her photography on Flickr!

You can view the rest of The Political Notebook’s project to gather photography, documentation and experiences from the OWS movements nationwide. I have also compiled an archive of all my posted submissions to this project on a single Pinterest board for your viewing convenience. Check out the Call for Submissions page and email your photos to me at!

Thanks to all the members of our Occupy Together Flickr group too, who have been documenting the movement over the past year. Some new shots from action days on Saturday 12 May have been added from Berlin, Montreal and Brussels.

(via thepoliticalnotebook)

Naomi Wolf answers questions on the future of the Occupy movement

  • Longrigg asks:
  • Does Ms. Wolf think that it'd be a good idea for one of the key questions that the Occupy Movement to ask more focefully is whether, on a finite planet, the goal of society (both left and right) should be continued economic growth?
  • Naomi Wolf responds:
  • I think they (like any citizen) should ask whatever they wish but THAT is a radical and crucial question in my opinion. And even MORE than most needs good explainers.
  • JKMarsters asks:
  • One of the main problems Occupy faces is public perception. On forums, discussion threads, even radio shows, the main image of Occupy appears to be that they're a bunch of unwashed, lazy benefit scroungers and trustafarians. This image, of course, is not correct and slightly unfair, but so long as the general public believe this to be the truth, it's easy to not take the movement seriously. With that in mind, should one of the first steps forward be to show the public that Occupiers come from all different backgrounds, cultures, ages, and different levels of education and employment?
  • Naomi Wolf responds:
  • Hooray for this great question too! In an electronic world appearance affects reality and yes this 'image'is not ideal. That is why if you have hundreds or thousands of trained spokepeople we will see -- the housewife, the military guy, the retiredperson etc etc and the scruffy hippie...the face of everyone. But also the civil rights movement told marchers to wear suits and the ladies dresses, gloves and hats for a reason -- it is important to communicate respect for the chance to protest and respect for the chance to speak to one's fellow citizens. People can be "themselves"while still presentig themselves in a way that does not let their opponents write them off. Act Up often wore suits when they disrupted FDA hearings and it was a better visual than torn jeans.

The skin is pallid, the cheeks touched with pink. The eyes are holes. And the smile is frozen, set forever, a fixed uncanny moustachioed grin above a devilish goatee beard.

This is the face of protest in 2011.

I work in the very heart of the system that is the focus of the protests that have spread rapidly around the world under the “Occupy” banner. From the position of someone who has done about as well from the system as anyone, I am giving the protests my fullest support. There is something deeply flawed – even malignant – in our political economy, and indeed, in our system of social values. This movement represents our chance to change both.

That might suggest that I identify with the 1%, but in fact, I’m in total solidarity with the 99%.

— ‘I’m in the 1%. But I support the 99%' - Brad Maher, Comment is Free


Our map of #ows arrests is filling up, with new data from Portland, Austin, Gainesville, and the intense #OccupyDenver showdown last night.

We’ll be covering Occupy events in London and elsewhere in the UK and Ireland this weekend (15 and 16 October).