Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America
Essays and diaries by:
Judith Butler, Angela Davis, Jodi Dean, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Keith Gessen, Zoltan Gluck, Mark Greif, Elizabeth Gumport, Doug Henwood, Christopher Herring, L. A. Kauffman, Svetlana Kitto, Sarah Leonard, Kung Li, Audrea Lim, Manissa Maharawal, Thomas Paine, Sarah Resnick, Marco Roth, Nikil Saval, Eli Schmitt, Marina Sitrin, Astra Taylor, Sunaura Taylor, Rebecca Solnit, Stephen Squibb, Alex Vitale, and Slavoj Zizek.
From the preface:
The genesis of this book is that we were lucky enough to be in New York, and in America, at the start of the occupations of public ground that began in September 2011. We started with what we know how to do. We wrote, we got our friends to write, we edited, and we compiled. Soon we had a broadsheet newspaper, a sort of living document that we distributed for free around the city and online. As the weeks went on, we realized that we wanted to leave something for the future to hold. The first two issues of our OWS-inspired Gazette formed the basis of this book.
The diaries that narrate the book come through our eyes, with inevitable traces of the ways we see and think and dream. The essays interspersed throughout represent others views we solicited, ideas we sought, and speeches we heard. As this book went to press, a crackdown on occupations across the country began, and the New York occupation at Zuccotti Park was raided. In response to these attacks, occupiers posted a message online. "You can't evict an idea whose time has come," it began. Rebecca Solnit put it more poetically: "You can pull up the flowers, but you can't stop the spring."
All royalties will be donated to OWS.
Published by Verso, December 2011.
Paperback 8 x 5".