What have the founders of Occupy Wall Street been up to?
Remember when Occupy Wall Street was considered by leftists to be the wave of the future? The New York Times, the Guardian, and several other lefty publications had daily updates on the "movement" (that wasn't a movement at all), and bored, spoiled millenials across the country showed up to camp out and demand the government give them a job.
Well, those times are long gone. OWS has been erased from the left's collective consciousness when it turned out that the kooky collection of commies, anarchists, and kids who couldn't figure out why they were unable to get a job after majoring in comparative philosophy had nothing relevant to say.
To be sure, President Obama and the Democrats have latched on to their "income inequality" meme promoted by OWS and think they can use it as a political weapon. Alas, the public ranks the issue far down the list in importance and the administration has mostly kept its mouth shut about it.
But what happens when the founders of a failed revolution realize their creation is dead? They sue one another..
Activists who organized the dormant Occupy Wall Street movement are suing another activist for control of the main Twitter account, and one of the plaintiffs says there was no other option but to turn to litigation to solve the dispute.
The conflict centers around @OccupyWallStNYC, one of the main Twitter feeds that distributed information during the movement’s heyday in 2011. The OWS Media Group filed a lawsuit against organizer Justin Wedes on Wednesday, which is also the third anniversary of the beginning of Occupy Wall Street. The group, led by activist Marisa Holmes, is seeking control of the Twitter account as well as $500,000 in damages.
The Twitter account, which used to be shared among several activists, is now under the control of Wedes, who explained his decision to take over the Twitter feed in a blog post in August:
A thread about “self-promotion” became just another shaming session. If we start from a place of assuming bad intentions – i.e. discouraging “self-promotion” over encouraging solid, relevant content – we will end up with rules that shame rather than empower. Group members took on the task of limiting others to “1 to 2 tweets per day” (or week) on a topic, a form of censorship that would never have been allowed in the earlier days of the boat. I had to say enough!
“We can either go and beat him up or we can go to court,” Holmes, a video editor who was part of the core organizing team of Occupy, told BuzzFeed News. “And quite frankly if we go and beat him up then we could end up with countersuits against us, and that puts us in a more damaging position and we don’t really want to do that anyway.”
“So this is actually the least harmful for ourselves and him given the fact that he won’t give up the account without any kind of punitive measure,” Holmes said.
Holmes said that there had been numerous attempts to get control of the Twitter feed from Wedes, and that suing him was a last resort.
“I’ve given him many many chances and so have a lot of other people,” she said. “For the last six weeks there have been conversations online, mainly on Facebook and through intermediaries.”
Fighting over the remnants of a revolution can get ugly, as these "activists" prove. Occupy Wall Street died because they had nothing much to say that anyone wanted to hear. They were a fringe movement that was intellectually bankrupt from the start.
As for Wedes, he was investigated for trying to defraud the taxpayer through an Americorps grant where he forged some signatures. He resigend rather than be fired. Sounds like the perfect spokesman for a scam political movement.