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It’s been a year since protesters assembled, first in New York and later all over the world, in a protest movement known as “Occupy Wall Street.” Meant to bring attention to the dramatic income inequality in the U.S., the movement popularized the slogan “We are the 99 percent” and sought to lend a voice to average Americans versus the wealthiest one percent.
On Monday, protesters gathered again in New York’s financial district to mark the movement’s anniversary, intent on creating traffic problems and surrounding the New York Stock Exchange. About a thousand activists were involved, according to Reuters, a number that pales in comparison to the size of the crowds that assembled in the early days of the movement.
The New York Police Department said it had made multiple arrests as the morning wore on.
Reflecting on the importance of Occupy a year later, author Chris Hedges said, "What happened here a year ago was a process that cannot be stopped," according to Reuters. “What happened here a year ago will ultimately spell the doom of the corporate state."
Despite that lofty language, momentum behind the movement has died down considerably. But the content of the debate is still as relevant as ever, with millions of Americans still out of work and disenfranchised and the state of the U.S. economy looming so large in their minds.
Indeed, as the election nears, it’s likely to be the issue of the economy that most influences voters to pick their next president.
Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and iVillage’s Chief Election News Blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.