General James McPherson Memorial, Washington D.C., Jan. 2012
On June 9th, 2011, Kalle Lasn, a Canadian political activist, registered occupywallst.org. Five years later – to the day – the site still publishes regularly. But that is all that remains of a once global movement: a website.
I was a mild supporter of Occupy DC, which I attended a couple times in early 2012. I wrote about my experience here and here, with more pictures (such as the one above) here. McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza once teemed with fomenters, camped out under muddy tarps and carefully marking posterboard in ratty tents. But today, all that can be seen are statues and half-empty benches. When I type occupydc.org into my browser, I get the ominous note: “Nothing found.”