Oct. 12, 2012: Occupy one year on: a retrospective on Occupy Detroit & Occupy Windsor

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October 15 marked the one year anniversary of the global call to support Occupy Wall St. Activists in cities around the world responded including those in Windsor who set up a modest encampment of three tents at Senator Croll Park which grew to about thirty in weeks following. In this clip which aired on Oct. 28, 2011 Terrance Travis and I talk about the Occupy Windsor experience we were both part of. Travis also goes on to describe his work with Sit for Peace and his hope to make connections with other Occupiers across the country:

Kick off Rally for Occupy Windsor Oct 15, 2012 (Photo: Paul Chislett)

For more Occupy Windsor  photographs visit Doug Maclellan Photography “Informal Gathering of the Heart”

In this segment first aired on Nov. 18, 2011, we had been in the park for a month and in the news was Councilor Drew Dilkens and his concern for the state of the grass in the park. I had a short editorial piece on that and then Destiny Turnboe of Occupy Detroit reported on things there including the possibility of OD moving from the park they were in to an indoor location

November 2011 (Photo: Paul Chislett)

I interviewed Al Sandine, author of Taming the American Crowd, in April 201o about his book which argued that the “crowd” is a form of direct democracy and that that crowd has been tamed over the decades to operate in more “approved” ways such as in sports stadiums, malls, and so on. I was curious about his take on the Occupy movement and in this segment, which aired on Nov. 25 2011, Sandine described his hopes for the movement:

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