NEW YORK (WKOW) -- It's been one year since the Occupy Wall Street movement began. It would lead to weeks of huge protests around the world, including in Madison. Now some wonder whether the movement still relevant a year later.
On September 17, 2011, hundreds of protesters showed up at America's Financial Center and kicked off a widespread social movement. The "Occupy" protests spread to dozens of cities across America and then went global.
Protests started back up in New York over this weekend. Police arrested about 40 people Saturday for things like disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and felony assault. Things quieted down by Sunday.
In the meantime, others are preparing for Monday's anniversary. Justin Wedes helped start the movement. Now he wants to sustain it and says the movement has not fizzled and died.
Wedes says, "I think the message has got diluted. I don't see any reason why it would have diminished in importance. They just seem to be a ragtag bunch of people."
For this year's anniversary Occupy organizers will gather in four spots in upper Manhattan Monday morning. Later, they'll form a human chain around the New York Stock Exchange as what they call "an act of civil disobedience." They do expect arrests.
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