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Occupy Wall Street Movement

On October 15, 2011, over 100 New Haveners decided to gather on the Green in a movement they called “Occupy New Haven,” a spin off of the Occupy Wall Street Movement happening across the country. The occupy movement was created to protest against economic inequality, in which 1% of our country owns the vast majority of wealth, as well as the corporate influence on the government.

Here in New Haven, for six months, occupiers lived on the green. However, their stay was not welcomed by city officials. The city filed two lawsuits against the group, hoping to evict, but with the help of Lawyer Norm Pattis, the city's suit was blocked, prolonging the occupiers' stay. While occupying the green, the protesters began asking the question: Who really owns the land? Some believed the green belonged to its proprietors who privately own it, others said it belongs to the general public. Occupy New Haven, knowing the history of this region, made the claim that the land rightfully belonged to the Indigenous people from whom it was stolen. Gordon Fox Running Brainerd, who is a Bear Clan medicine chief in the Quinnipiac tribe came to the Green during the occupation. Fox Running talked about how European disease killed thousands of natives, making it easier to claim their land. He also talked about how Europeans took advantage of native americans and stole their land.

On April 17, 2012, the city ruled that it does have the right to evict the occupiers from the green. The next morning, police began dismantling protester’s tents and removing them from the green. Some occupiers left peacefully while many others resisted leaving. By the end of the clearing, New Haven police arrested 13 occupiers charging them with disorderly conduct and inference. Although the Occupy movement didn’t last in its original form, their ideals live on in leaders like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and the progressive left who are advocating for the working class and fighting against income inequality.

A Peoples' History of the Hill
  1. The Hill Intro
  2. Long Wharf
  3. Directions to Jackson Newspaper Protest Site
  4. Jackson Newspaper Protest
  5. Directions to Trowbridge Square Park
  6. Trowbridge Square Park
  7. Directions to Evergreen Cemetery
  8. Evergreen Cemetery
  9. Directions to Lee High School
  10. Lee High School
  11. Directions to Oak Street Connector
  12. Oak Street Connector
  13. Directions to Temple Street Congregational Church
  14. Temple Street Congregational Church
  15. Directions to the Green (Columbus Day Protests)
  16. Columbus Day Protests
  17. UPDATE: Columbus Protest Victories
  18. Directions to the Green (Occupy Movement)
  19. Occupy Wall Street Movement
  20. Directions to the Green (CT Students for a Dream)
  21. C4D Dream Summit on the Green
  22. Directions to Amistad Memorial
  23. Amistad Memorial
  24. Directions to City Hall
  25. City Hall - Elm City Resident Card
  26. Directions to New Guinea
  27. New Guinea
  28. Directions to Superior Courthouse
  29. Superior Courthouse - Black Panther Trials
  30. Stay at the Courthouse
  31. Superior Courthouse - Support for Corey Menafee
  32. Directions Back to Trowbridge Square Park or Long Wharf
  33. End of the Hill Tour