LIBERTY SQUARED

a multiplicity of voices from the occupy movement 


INTRODUCTION
   

Hot Topic sells Che Guevara underwear. You can get a beaded curtain with Frida Khalo’s face on it at the mall. Again and again, when radicals get singled out as leaders, capitalism finds a way to suck them back into the fold, selling their dissent back to us.

Capitalist logic goes: if you can’t beat ‘em, turn ‘em into heroes.

American media is obsessed with cranking out heroes -- super heroes, action heroes, war heroes, revolutionary heroes -- because heroes are perfectly sellable. They can be individually wrapped and sold separately. They can be isolated and confined. They can be used to knock whole movements down, in that they come to represent the movement in society’s eyes -- and an individual, no matter how glorious, is much easier to bring down than a mass of people working together. Heroes are tragic.

Unsurprisingly, the media has tried to make heroes out of Occupy. Local media in the valley hasn’t been an exception, with left-leaning publications such as the Advocate painting active local individuals in golden light one week, and assassinating their character the next. It is good to talk to individuals -- to get their perspectives and gut reactions and questions, desires, fears. These make up a movement’s blood, and understanding them is critical. But equally critical is understanding them in plurality.

No one represents Occupy. And Occupy has no heroes. Occupy has a trillion heads! It has a trillion hearts and a trillion guts! Occupy is a trillion-tentacled octopus! An occupus! It is not a hero.

To that end, this zine presents you with some of the voices -- plural -- who the mainstream media thought they drowned out when they fired up the hero machine.

Occupy is not a hero, and will not go down like one.

    —Taryn Amina


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Created & Edited by
taryn amina
jackie dougherty
julia handschuh
tanner slick

Contributors
taryn amina
rob crowner
ramiro davos-comas
jackie dougherty
leah mae dyjak
larry ely
chelsea granger
julia handschuh
jeff havens
sita magnuson

alice posner
steve randall
tanner slick
tiny tenting task force
jill turner






Design
julia handschuh
cover art and centerfold
poster by jeff havens,
special thanks to barry scott

Printing
collective copies

Paper Editions
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Digital Editions
available to download for free
here at valley art share







Monies
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some of the printing. all other pages, guts and sweat were gifted to you
by the creators.
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Comment by Valley Art Share on May 12, 2012 at 4:28pm

Jill Turner's article An Occupy Wall Street Blog Post was printed out of order in the initial printing of Liberty Squared.  It is now updated in the downloadable version available above and you can read it online in it's entirety on this blog post.

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