Originally published in the Wall Street Journal
By Jennifer Weiss and Alison Fox
It’s been two years since the start of Occupy Wall Street, and Tuesday – also known as “S17″ – actions are planned around the city to mark the occasion, including teach-ins, a walking tour in the Financial District and a march from the U.N. to Bryant Park.
The movement’s rallying cry “We are the 99 percent” tried to highlight a core issue of economic inequality, and those involved have continued trying to bring awareness to a range of issues, including home foreclosures, gas pipelines and superstorm Sandy.
“We may not be visually large, but we’re giant. We’re everywhere,” said Leslie Miller, an activist who continues to spend time daily in Zuccotti Park.
She said outreach would be one of the most important parts of Tuesday — attempting to connect the general public with Occupy’s issues.
“It’s kind of our way of remembering what we had and reminding people that we’re still here, you can’t get rid of us, we’re not going away,” Ms. Miller said.
Early Tuesday, barricades surrounded Zuccotti Park and police stood around the perimeter, as they did two years ago. More than one hundred people wandered around the park, playing drums and recording their own video of the festivities.
On Broadway, more than a dozen protesters held signs reading “Greed,” “Profiting off Suffering” and “Too much $ in too few hands.”
There were reports of arrests Tuesday, including 16 protesters who were taken into custody after standing in the middle of Second Avenue for about 10 minutes.
Keegan Stephan, an activist and safe streets advocate, said he wants people to know that Occupy Wall Street and the movements that have grown out of it are open to anyone who wants to take part.
“It’s very approachable and accessible and it shouldn’t be a scary thing for anybody to want to plug into,” he said.