BOSTON -- With Occupy Wall Street wading into the messy Democratic presidential primary by backing Senator Bernie Sanders, the movement's self-proclaimed founder, Senator Elizabeth Warren, needs to decide whether she'll turn her back on her disciples:
"Senator Warren famously took credit for founding the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the fact that her disciples are backing Bernie Sanders, combined with Warren's own warm words for the Vermonter, strongly suggeste her heart lies with the socialist candidate. Now Warren needs to answer whether she will continue to lead the Occupy movement, or will she abandon her loyalists out of political convenience?" -Terry MacCormack, MassGOP spokesman
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Occupy Wall Street rises up for Sanders
By Gregory King
The forces of Occupy Wall Street, splintered and faded in the aftermath of their 2011 demonstrations, are getting the band back together to boost Bernie Sanders ahead of next week's critical New York primary.
Nearly five years since Occupy was evicted from Zuccotti Park, blocks from the New York Stock Exchange in lower Manhattan, a coalition of organizers, labor leaders and progressive activists who lined up under the banner of "the 99 percent" are renewing their efforts in pursuit of a more traditional cause: Getting voters to the polls on April 19.
"Canvassing and using apps to get people to vote and all that microtargeting stuff, that's important, but so is marching in the streets," said Charles Lenchner, who joined with Wong after efforts to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into the presidential race fell flat. Their "People for Bernie" popularized the "Feel the Bern" hashtag, a potent organizing tool and, nearly a year after its launch, a world-famous meme.
"Bernie's campaign -- like the de Blasio campaign (for NYC mayor in 2013), like the Warren campaign (in 2012) -- are lineal descendants of Occupy," Master told CNN. "These campaigns, and Sanders most dramatically, are Occupy Wall Street translated into electoral politics. This is the revolt of the 99%."