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This Changes Everything by Sarah van Gelder

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CHAPTER 4THE CHILLS OF POPULAR POWER: THE FIRST MONTH OF OCCUPY WALL STREET

MARINA SITRIN

The reflections below are a small snapshot of what I have been feeling and thinking over these past six weeks. They were all written in the heat of the moment, without sleep and full of passion. I have only now begun to slow down a little and reflect more deeply with others on what has been launched, what we are creating, and what it could mean for social and political transformation.

Not that we did not intend it—we did of course—but a movement has begun that is vaster and deeper than most of us anticipated in such a short time. I do not pretend to understand yet why all of this exploded now, and even more, why people around the United States and the world ...

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