Occupy Wall Street: The famously unstructured movement begins to show signs of organization

Occupy Wall Street: The famously unstructured movement begins to show signs of organization

New York City : NY : USA | Dec 10, 2011 at 10:15 AM PST
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Occupy Wall Street participants carry on their occupation of Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York

As the movement continued to sprout through out the country, it had everything except a structure. Now that the Occupy Wall Street has finally got itself a new office only blocks away from Wall Street the movement has started to show signs of structure.

The activists have been moving in the 2500 sq feet office located on the 12th floor of the Broadway. Anonymous donors have been paying its rent and activists are managing the work place. “The workspace was funded by individuals who wanted to support OWS but were concerned about the way it was operating, told Michael Fix, a longtime activist. The general assembly, however, still continue to meet in the long evicted Zuccotti Park on alternate days of the week.

The doors of the office space have been covered with OWS stickers. A number of meetings have taken place so far dealing with matters of communications and job descriptions. Currently there are 20 work groups that are using the office as approved in the General Assembly meetings. "We're creating layers of organization so the movement can replicate itself in more places," Ed Needham from the p.r. working group said. He said that the office is playing a crucial role in providing a platform where these groups can test the effectiveness of the movement’s structure.

“The office is for organizing”, said one of the members of the groups. "The movement is being run by its participants. There is no difference between the people here and the people at 60 Wall Street or Charlotte's Place or anywhere else where working groups meet." The money received from the donors is not used by the members of the office or its expenses, since everyone is a volunteer.

"One of the more gratifying things about my role here is that I get to hear from every group that comes into this space about what they are thinking long term," said office coordinator, Biance Bockham. "The kitchen working group is a good example. It's not only about feeding people at actions -- they're looking at the whole entire food system in New York City and working with local farmers, food purveyors trying to figure out how to source locally and change how we feed people in general."

Although the movement is not flawless but it is definately gaining a direction and is clearly continuing.

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Members of the Occupy Wall Street in New York City
Members of the Occupy Wall Street in New York City
Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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