This collection contains 42 items related to the Occupy movement, focusing on activities and discussion in and around Sebastopol,
California. Most items are clippings and photocopies of articles and letters to the editor that appeared in Sonoma West Times
& News, with a small number taken from the Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.), the Sonoma County Gazette and other publications.
The collection also includes packets from Sebastopol City Council meetings that included resolutions or other business related
to Occupy Sebstopol.
Occupy Sebastopol was a part of the international, progressive, socio-political Occupy movement against social and economic
inequality and the lack of "real democracy" around the world. In solidarity with other Occupy groups, a prime concern was
how large corporations (and the global financial system) control the world in a way that disproportionately benefited a minority,
undermined democracy, and was unstable. "Occupy" formed part of what Manfred Steger called the "global justice movement".
The most visible aspect of Occupy Sebastopol was an "information tent" erected in the downtown Sebastopol Plaza in November
2011, sanctioned by the Sebastopol City Council, as well as a number of protests in the latter part of 2011. By the time the
tent came down in March 2013, much of the energy of the Occupy movement had dissipated, but a number of its aims were carried
on through Transition Sebastopol and efforts by the City Council to make Sebastopol a more sustainable community through Solar
Sebastopol and other programs.
0.1 linear feet
1 document folder (40 x 25 cm)
Collection does not circulate and may be photocopied or photographed by arrangement only.
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