It’s been two years since Zuccotti Park was briefly the center of the Universe. Occupy Wall Street has since become a massive worldwide struggle against the abuses of finance capitalism and the lack of accountability of governments to their people.To celebrate the anniversary of a squatters’ camp that turned into a global movement, rallies, marches, and movie screenings will be held all over the city. Here are five events happening today across New York that celebrate the events of September 17, 2011, and reflect on what’s changed since.
Protest Actions, Zuccotti Park, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ever true to the movements total–some might say destructive–decentralization, a range of autonomous protest actions will be happening in and around Zuccotti Park this morning. If you’re at all interested in commemorating the total lack of formal organization of the original encampment, this is where you’ll want to be. A march will leave Zuccotti Park at 9 a.m. heading God know where.
Rally to Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement, Washington Square Park, 12-1 p.m.
At noon protesters will gather to demonstrate against the TPP and TAFTA, two free trade agreements–one with trade partners in along the Pacific Rim, the other with Europe–with the potential to offshore more jobs and permit companies to circumvent labor and environmental regulations by taking advantage of laxer rules in other countries.
Continue reading to hear more about guerrilla theater performances and musical performances in celebration of Occupy Wall Street’s second birthday.
Money Warz Anti-TPP Performance, Times Square, 2 p.m.
Money Warz, a guerrilla theater group, will unveil a 15-foot-tall toilet paper TPP “Death Star”, which will be “stolen” by members of The Open Alliance–the good guys, apparently–and taken to Wall Street in a pedicab. Yeah, Runnin’ Scared doesn’t get it either (A call to Money Warz went the voicemail of the “Didactic Emperor.”) Maybe their Kickstarter video will help clear a few things up.
Rally to Support the Robin Hood Tax, United Nations – Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, 47th St. & 2nd Ave., 5 p.m.
Meet out in front of the U.N. for a rally to pass the Robin Hood Tax, a .5-percent tax hike on all Wall Street transactions. The billions raised annually would go to improve public schools, bail out local governments, and tamp down health care costs by keeping more hospitals open. The rally will also feature a performance from Sweet Honey in the Rock.
Continue reading to get the scoop on two film screenings that celebrate the Occupy movement.
Screening of Occupy Love and The 99%: Occupy Everywhere, Zuccotti Park, 10 p.m.
At the end of the day, cycle back to Zuccotti Park and catch a double feature of the critically well-received documentary Occupy Love and The 99%: Occupy Everywhere, a film, also a documentary, narrated by Lou Reed.