Title

The Occupy Wall Street Movement in the Pacific Northwest

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom A

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

Late last year the Occupy Wall Street Movement burst on the scene. It quickly spread across the country, particularly here in the Pacific Northwest. However, the movement is fairly leaderless and unstructured and as a consequence the manifestations of the movement have shown considerable local variance. We are in the process of chronicling the emergence of the movement in Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Olympia. There are several dimensions of the movement we wish to examine. We are interested in detailing their ideology, who participates on individual and group level, how the movement is locally structured and the chronology of events that mark each specific Occupy. Has the movement demonstrated any continuity in terms of actions, tactics and ideology? Does the movement have a regional identity, or is it more local? How have the movements gathered resources and planned for the future? We will explore these questions and more in our final presentation.

Poster Number

31

Faculty Mentor(s)

Nelson Pichardo, Pamela McMullin-Messier, Eric Cheney

Additional Mentoring Department

Sociology

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The Occupy Wall Street Movement in the Pacific Northwest

SURC Ballroom A

Late last year the Occupy Wall Street Movement burst on the scene. It quickly spread across the country, particularly here in the Pacific Northwest. However, the movement is fairly leaderless and unstructured and as a consequence the manifestations of the movement have shown considerable local variance. We are in the process of chronicling the emergence of the movement in Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Olympia. There are several dimensions of the movement we wish to examine. We are interested in detailing their ideology, who participates on individual and group level, how the movement is locally structured and the chronology of events that mark each specific Occupy. Has the movement demonstrated any continuity in terms of actions, tactics and ideology? Does the movement have a regional identity, or is it more local? How have the movements gathered resources and planned for the future? We will explore these questions and more in our final presentation.