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Occupy One Year Later: Going Local

By Katrina Schwartz

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Community College of San Francisco student Janice Suess has taken the organizing skills she learned during Occupy and put them to work advocating for student rights. (Katrina Schwartz/KQED)

Community College of San Francisco student Janice Suess has taken the organizing skills she learned during Occupy and put them to work advocating for student rights. (Katrina Schwartz/KQED)

A year ago the Occupy movement grabbed a national spotlight, shifting the political debate to focus on economic inequality. Those expecting the movement to translate into national electoral politics — as the Tea Party movement has done — have been disappointed. Many Bay Area Occupiers say their political awakening has driven them to fight for change in their own communities, instead.

Janice Suess, 19, moved to San Francisco a little over a year ago. Shortly after moving into her apartment, she heard the Blue Angels would be flying, and decided to head out to take some pictures. On her way back, she saw a crowd gathering in front of the San Francisco Federal Reserve. She was curious.

“I thought it was kind of peculiar so I went up and just asked someone what was going on. And they said it was the Occupy Movement and I was like, ‘Whoa, what is this?,’” explained Suess. Continue reading