We will leave the civil unrest overseas and turn to our own home for the remainder of our Icons. However, if you are interested in the development of the Arabic uprisings, the Guardian UK has produced a timeline with a dizzying resemblance to a roller-coaster; perhaps not an inappropriate comparison.
Based in Vancouver British Columbia, Adbusters published a blog post on February 2, 2011 entitled A Million Man March on Wall Street. The culture-jamming association of artists, writers, educators and students is credited with sparking demonstrations in North America. In another post on July 13, 2011 entitled #OCCUPYWALLSTREET, A shift in revolutionary tactics we first see the now iconic bull-dancer. It appeared on the web as the icon for that days blog post.
|Photo: Joshua Trujillo|
"I don't want to be the 'hero' of this thing. I want to be able to be a person that speaks to the issues," Rainey said to the Times. "It's easy for people to see the picture and say, 'Cops stink.' There's a reason why weEven if Mrs. Rainey does not wish to be a hero, she exemplifies courage at a time in her life when she could be lunching with friends and bouncing grandchildren on her knee, which we suspect she does anyway.
are where we are right now, and that needs to be discussed."
|Photo credit: Tim Pool, TheOther99|
We also chose the independent journalist, specifically Tim Pool and Henry Ferry of TheOther99; they are simply the best of the best. To date we have seen them broadcast 19 hours straight and Tim has been shoved around by police at least twice.
Two different styles; Tim looks like what he is, a skater. Henry looks like well a reporter, actually. One overriding ethic, good journalism. Tim is sympathetic to the angst that motivates the Occupy movement, however he is clear about his role, he reports what he sees. To quote Tim, "If you are making a decision that will effect someone else's life, prepare for public scrutiny."
Scott Olsen became the face of the Occupy movement on the west coast after being hit in the head with a projectile during an OccupyOakland march gone very wrong. It is good to see him up and around. It is difficult to hear him speak; brain damage has affected his speech for now; however, a full recovery seems to be possible.
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