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Prior to the 20th century, military conflicts used to be put on hold during the winters as all parties decided the elements would do more harm than the enemy. It’s no surprise then that Occupy Wall Street has taken a bit of time off the front pages of the news—but rest assured, they have been very, very busy. Citizens connected to this movement have filed a civil rights action in federal court ; held press conferences; recruited dozens of speakers such as Professors David Harvey and Angela Davis as OWS educators; cultivated relationships with labor leaders, religious leaders , and forged international connections with those similarly dispossessed around the world. They have reclaimed fertile but empty land for farming; pressed the Justice Department to fight civil rights violations and end mass incarceration. They have trained 50,000 citizens in non-violent direct action, civil disobedience, and their civil and political rights. They have forced governments to hold elections on time .
“They have fewer people, and it’s not a new story anymore that there were people protesting in the streets or sleeping in parks,” said Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress , a liberal organization that has strong ties to top Democrats and has encouraged the protests. “They need to think of new ways to garner attention and connect with people around the country.” Driven off the streets by local law enforcement officials, who have evicted protesters from their encampments and arrested thousands, the movement has seen a steep decline in visibility. That has left Occupy without bases of operations in the heart of many cities and has forced protesters to spend time defending themselves in court, deterring many from taking to the streets again.
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Occupy L.A. activists rally outside the Bank of America Plaza in Los Angeles in February. The Occupy protests around the country have inspired two working groups that are attempting to reform the banking system and create an alternative bank. Damian Dovarganes / AP
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