The night of 500 tents occurred October 12, 2011 in downtown Seattle and in cities across America. Students, teachers, service workers, public employees and citizens of the city occupied Millennium Park to protest the Wall Street bailouts and a perceived absence of accountability for widespread corruption and fraud against the American people. The camp was shut down by the police in a raid at 5 AM, resulting in several protester arrests for civil disobedience.
While some characterized the protesters as “losers who should just get a job,” many were survivors of system many believed had stopped working for them. In 2019, Occupy narratives of social economic justice, creating a middle-out green economy, and a rejection of corporate welfare at the expense of workers have found their way into mainstream media, politics and political campaigns to become the foundation of the progressive platform.