Occupy Wall Street, The 1979 Edition
Over at Mediaite, Nando Di Frino tells us about another mass protest on Wall Street about 32 years ago:
Protesters in 1979 didn’t have fancy things like Tumblr accounts, unlimited text plans, or message boards. Actually, they had message boards — they just involved tape, paper, and cork. But protesters managed to organize themselves without complication to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the 1929 Wall Street crash. They even had a New Orleans-style jazz band playing as stilt-walkers danced.
The Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band posted a short clip of the protest from the movie Early Warnings, which, as far as we can tell, is a documentary dealing with America’s nuclear power obsession.
Here’s the video:
The images of New York circa 1979 are interesting in themselves. I lived in New Jersey in 79 and I can’t say I remember this ever being covered by the media of the day, although I can’t say it’s something that would’ve caught the attention of the average 11 year old.