The 1% and a billionaire tax are mainstream concepts today — but they weren't always so well-known. Back in 2011, Occupy protesters promoted these fringe ideas. The populist socio-political movement sprang up from the streets in Boston and elsewhere before becoming a massive international happening.

Occupy’s message about social and economic inequality changed how many Americans think and talk about economic inequality today.

Ten years ago, the protestors who flocked to Occupy Boston were considered a threat when they took over Dewey Square. Hundreds gathered to become a part of the activist community which included functioning space with clothing and kitchen tents, media and even a library. But just two and half months later after it opened, it was gone.

Still, many argue Occupy Boston’s short-lived existence has had long-term impact. On this tenth anniversary, local Occupy participants assess the movement’s successes and shortcomings.


Jimi Two Feathers is a community organizer and founding member of Dance New England, Earth Drum Council and Concord Neighborhood Network. He was involved in the People of Color Working Group in Dewey Square.

Myrna Morales is a librarian and director of leadership development and partnerships for the Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers. She was involved in the Audre Lorde to Howard Zinn Library in Dewey Square.