El Movimiento Ocupa Wall Street: Lecciones de Movimientos Latinoamericanos y de Derechos de los Inmigrantes en EEUU

Irazabal Zurita, Clara E.; Fumero, Gabriel

This essay shows the importance of placing Occupy Wall Street (OWS) in a global context of preceding social movements protesting against oppressive conditions from certain social groups. In particular, it suggests the opportunity that OWS has for thinking on and learning from Latin-American contestation and political projects against neoliberalism and in struggle for the rights of latina/os and immigrants in the United States. While in some Latin-American cases public protests, and in particular the occupation of public spaces, have helped in the election of political representatives who support popular agendas, in the case of recent pro-immigrant struggles in the United States the public demonstrations have been followed by a repressive governmental reaction that has seriously worsened both the conditions of non-authorized immigrants and the capacities of the movement that supports them. The article argues that, as in these precedents, OWS could result in the election of politicians that recognize the demands of the movement, or, on the contrary, reinforce the devices of control and repression against public disagreement.


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January 21, 2015


English title "Occupy Wall Street: Lessons from Latin American and Immigrant Movements in the USA"