There were few locations in which Occupy made it through the winter as an occupation, whether due to police crackdowns, weather, or the limitations of its brand of consensus governance. But it gave birth not just to renewed awareness of—and a new vocabulary for talking about—income and wealth inequality, but to a wave of activist groups focused on things like mortgage fraud and foreclosure defense, student debt, and more. And, after marching and rallying and a Rosh Hashanah service held by Occupy Judaism Sunday evening, protesters are back in lower Manhattan today, Sept. 17, the anniversary of the original Occupy Wall Street.
Groups of up to several hundred people formed separate marches around the financial district; given the non-centralized nature of the protests, it's difficult to guess at a total number of protesters. But, according to some observers, that non-centralized nature is also making them more effective at disrupting the streets:
There may no longer be occupiers sleeping out in parks every night, there may never have been a unified set of goals for the movement, there may be no Occupy candidates for Congress a la the tea party, but a year later there's no doubt that Occupy reinvigorated the economic left, gave even non-political people a language to question the great American wealth divide, and made protest exciting and creative again.