Occupy Wall Street Archives May Come to Brooklyn Heights

The Awl writes about The Struggle for the Occupy Wall Street Archives and mentions that the remnants and ephemera from this year’s protest may end up in Brooklyn Heights. At least temporarily:

The Awl: Only about a hundred of the items are catalogued, so far. The group needs to find a space and time to process all the materials. They’ve recently been offered a shared space in Brooklyn Heights, which may mean that they can finally remove the materials from SIS, and from various people’s apartments. They’re continuing to talk to [NYU library] Tamiment about that being the eventual permanent home for the materials, but it’s hard to say what will happen. There is no legal entity at the heart of OWS that “owns” this collection. Whose signature might go on a donation agreement is not clear.

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  • Livingston

    What a waste of space.

  • WillowtownCop

    Archives of what? Their Desk Appearance Tickets?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/13189502@N02/ Eddyenergizer

    Good one Willowtown :)

  • Monty

    I honestly sympathize with their ideals, but this has to be one of the dumbest protest movements in history. Public opinion polls showed a significant majority of Americans supported their cause, yet they spent all their energy attempting to make themselves half-baked martyrs of police brutality and ultimately disbanded when the temperature dropped below 60 without achieving anything.

  • AEB

    No, they achieved a great deal: they made people (more) aware of the way power lies in the good ol’ USA. To use an archaic phrase, they raised consciousness, made the latent manifest.

    If they had done nothing but coin the now-embedded 99%/1% slogan–well, dayenu. And their effect ripples outward.

  • JM

    @Monty, OWS did not disband due to the cold. Where do you get that info? They were brutally raided (arguably illegally), without notice, by the cops and forced out of Zucotti Park. Scores of reporters were rounded up and detained (also, arguably illegally).OWS continue to stage actions all across the US including several very successful “house” sit-in’s of foreclosed (arguably illegally) properties in the last 2 weeks,that resulted in the poor and sometimes elderly home owners keeping their homes for the time being. But the movements clearest and largest success was in bringing the root causes and results of unregulated trading/banking and unregulated corp. cash in elections to the very forefront of the media and thereby the public’s consciousness. As @AEB says, look at how 99/1% is now part of the daily lexicon. I doubt we would even have beaten back the Republican roadblock to the payroll tax and unemployment benefits, if it were not for the change in the national debate clearly initiated by OWS.

  • Master Of Middagh

    Hear, hear AEB and JM! But I still don’t understand what they mean by “archives”. Like, bills and stuff? Or fliers?

  • Livingston

    @ AEB & JM:

    Nice to see that “visions of sugar plums” continue to dance in your heads. Merry Christmas!

  • Heightsguy

    Maybe they need more focus, but they accomplished a great deal in putting the tremendous growth of wealth and income inequality in the public consciousness. And it certainly feels like a world-wide movement is afoot. .

  • Heightsguy


    Here is a summary of the info on growth in inequality, culled from Times writers Kristof and Krugman