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This Changes Everything by Sarah van Gelder

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CHAPTER 5CLAIMING SPACE FOR DIVERSITY AT OCCUPY WALL STREET

HENA ASHRAF

When I arrived at Occupy Wall Street on September 29, a document called “The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City” was being introduced at the general assembly. The facilitator announced that this document would be disseminated to the media, to the Internet, and to everyone who planned to occupy other cities. This document, in other words, was extremely important.

The general assembly read it together, line by line. For me, the experience was powerful and moving. Then I turned and joined my friends, Thanu and Sonny, who were with two people I hadn’t met before named Manissa and Natasha. They all had just returned from the first local meeting of South Asians for ...

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