by Kyle Prindiville
I remember the excitement in the air one year ago as individuals gathered in downtown St. Louis to protest the status quo and to create a St. Louis branch of the Occupy Wall st. movement. It began with a sign-making event outside of the Crack Fox, followed by some motivational speakers, and then a march on the St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve. We all rallied together behind the message that banks, Wall st., and politicians were working together to sell out the American public. Here we are one year later and while hundreds of protesters have been arrested, not one banker is in jail.
The Occupy St. Louis one year anniversary was a reunion for those protesters that met one year ago. We started as individuals, but we are now connected as networks. Our one group split into many affinity groups working on local projects. Occupy put lifelong activists in touch with enthusiastic first-time protesters. The results over the past year have been a strengthening of connections evolving through many personality disputes and ideological clashes.