It’s been a year since the Occupy Wall Street movement rocked America and the western world, to mark the anniversary of those historic demonstrations several protesters took to streets to show the world the movement had not been forgotten.
Molly Crabapple, an artist who has created work for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Marvel and DC Comics and the Royal Society of Arts, was amongst those arrested during this protest. Crabapple was cuffed and forced to spent the night in a cell, she was merely walking down the road with some other protesters. She was not read her Miranda rights and as far as you or I can see, she did not do anything worthy of an arrest.
As well as capturing her experiences in a series of brilliant pictures that embody the movement and its message, she has also written about what it felt like to be arrested and what Occupy Wall Street meant to her.
Crabapple’s insight is a fascinating look into what it was like at the forefront of the Occupy Wall Street movement, it explains how she was drawn into almost by accident, living in an apartment close by to where it all started. She elaborates on how despite the fact that she was arrested and thrown in a dirty police cell, she would still take to the streets in protest again which I think, really captures the spirit of the whole Occupy Wall Street movement.
It is also interesting to hear how being involved in the protest brought out a political side to her artwork and given her a different kind of inspiration.
She said: “Occupy Wall Street taught many middle-class white people what poor people and people of color had already known. The law is often a hostile and arbitrary thing. Speak too loudly, stand in the wrong place, and you’re on the wrong side of it. My experience was infinitely easier than most. Many people arrested came out to a lost job, or they have to deal with nerve-damaged hands from being in cuffs for too long, or they face a society that believes they asked for it.”