So OWS was a glorified soup kitchen that would have been shut down in a heartbeat if the local Boards of Health had done their jobs. Got it.
The excellent author Rebecca Solnit, in a Facebook post on S17 rebutting those who would spurn the whole thing as a giant waste of time, explained like a songbird in full voice what Occupy was, is, will be, and what it accomplished:
Please assess how many Occupy encampments there were - one UCLA estimate was 400 in California alone during the height in late 2011 - and then quantify how in those myriad locations in the USA and other countries (including Germany and New Zealand) many people were served how many free meals, how much free healthcare, how many libraries were set up, how many people found solidarity, a new way of doing things, a sense of possibility...*
Sic hacer pace, para bellum.
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