About Occupy Reno

We can either have Democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, but we can’t have both.”
– Louis Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice 1856-1941

Occupy Reno was organized in October 2011 as a response to the Occupy Wall Street movement that began on September 17, 2011. Around the world, citizens are rising up and demanding social and economic justice – and a return of power to the people.


The U.S. Constitution is crumbling right before our eyes.  We the People are governed by a system that favors corporations over people and is selling away our democracy piece by piece (watch video: Citizens United v. FEC). Not to mention, the gulf between America’s richest and poorest is the widest it has ever been.

College graduates are stepping out of the classroom and into a world with no job opportunities and crushing student loan debt. Homeowners are fighting to stay in their homes while predatory Wall Street lenders move to foreclose. Working families are suffering from economic policies that line the pockets of the wealthiest Americans.

The middle class is vanishing and falling through the cracks.



We are you. We are your neighbors. We are college students, teachers, nurses, small business owners, parents, and children, and we sit across the entire political spectrum.  Many of us are homeless, as well. We are the 99% of Americans who pay dearly when Wall Street tanks the economy and loses our homes.  We are the 99% who work three jobs just to make ends meet, or can’t find a job at all. We are the 99% who cannot afford to buy our own politicians. We are the 99% who believe in people over profits.
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The Occupy movement is leaderless and powered by direct democracy. We the People are gathering in every city, occupying public space, empowering our communities, and engaging in nonviolent direct action. We are uniting together.

It is time to move, to act, to participate. For those who have lost their jobs, and homes; it is your time to mobilize and organize for change.


19 responses to “About Occupy Reno

  1. Standing in solidarity is the unified action, and, when looking at what people want from the movement, Power To The People is the unified goal.

  2. I was talking about the Saturday meeting at work today. One of my friends was going on about how it was just a bunch of out-of-work hippies. I told him I was one of those out-of-work hippies that were down there. They all looked like pretty normal people to me. Teachers, students, veterans, middle-class, different races, retirees, and so forth. In other words I told him “folks pretty much like you and me.” I told him don’t believe the stuff you see on Fox News all the time. Get out and see for yourself. If you disagree afterwards, fine. We all have different views of the world. Just don’t mimic what you see on Fox and take that as the truth.

    We discussed what the movement stands for. I told him it means different things to different people. There is no one unifying message outside of perhaps detest for the greed and lack of ethics on Wall Street and corporate America. My thoughts were that what is really important is that those who make the decisions in this country now have to contend with new voices who represent or even better are the 99% of folks who have had little control of, or little hope for how the country is run. Just the point that corporate news is taking notice, and people are talking is a huge leap forward.

    I’ll never convince that guy to see things in a different light, but there are plenty more that heard the conversation, and maybe some of them will think about the things said, and maybe a few will want to try and make a difference themselves. The push for real change occurs one conversation at a time.

  3. Just attended a general assembly. I was amazed at the range of people involved as well as their passion in this matter.

    ‘The message’ is in question. This might help:

    and this too:


    And the official declaration:


    “end the monied corruption of our democracy”

  4. If we have no visibility in Reno until “occupation” plans are complete, what about a small march or meeting in a public area with signs. I was at the Las Vegas march Thursday Oct 6. People are still hanging out with signs at the Statue of Liberty there on the sidewalk talking to passersby. Great visibility, lots of people drive by and read the signs.
    I’m coming to Reno this weekend and would like to take my signs for a walk.
    Thanks for all your efforts!

  5. I want to be involved. However, this local movement seems to be somewhat disorganized. As much as *Consensus* is absolutely a necessity, there must be someone/group to lead the pack. I do not mean to say that we need leaders, but more so to say that we need to be given options to vote on.

    Having been to the assembly 10/8, it was quite frustrating. It feels as though we were talking in circles. Instead of leaving everything completely *open*, there should be a narrowing down of options and then presented to the people.

    I am not trying to say that any one person’s opinion is irrelevant, but that, when joined in the masses, we cannot possibly make a decision. I think that if we give a few options (i.e. A, B, C, etc as many as needed) and present them in that manner, we can let the people decide which one will work best for everyone.

    It’s extremely frustrating to come to an assembly gathering such as this, and feel like there are not any decisions being made. Everyone agrees with most of what’s said, but then we just end up wasting time by continuing to readdress issues already spoken of.

    A group of people need to take some charge here or we will never get anywhere. We need to begin these assemblies with specific agenda items and narrow it from there. We cannot have more assemblies that we wait for the people to decide as we will continue to speak/discuss in circles and take forever to make any decisions.

    I understand that we need to have consensus. And I also understand that we need to not necessarily limit any one individual’s opinion. However, in a movement such as this, the people want some sort of guidance.

    Without attempting to influence any one individual, we can gain more support and more bodies if we can have some guidance. Human nature: People will agree with everything they hear that they like. Most times, in an assembly such as this, people will hear conflicting ideas/proposals, but still agree with all of them.

    Let’s give honest, viable options, put it out there to the people, and then let them decide. It will make the entire process significantly more prosperous; both for us and the rest of the world.

    United we stand. Divided we fall.

    • Democracy is messy, time consuming with a dose of frustration but it gives us a chance to hear different options, express our own to think out the issues. Consensus is many times not reached with one meeting or assembly. Having said that, getting lost in the process is an ever lurking danger to be dealt with.

      The closest thing to leaders are our facilitators who help direct their committees and our assemblies to keep energies moving.

      Aside from the sometimes maddening frustrations I hope you are involved. We are united in our desire to bring about awareness that not only do we have problematic issues, we have avenues to fix them. We are growing and I am very proud our facilitators opted to be inclusive of our local government and that local officials stepping up to the plate to become involved in a constructive manner.

      Slow and steady wins the marathon.

  6. Bhavani Johnson

    Solidarity in Reno???? I thought it would never happen!…My deepest congratulatory respect to all those awakened to the crises we face as a city, as a State and as a Nation who’s voices will be heard as one unison protest of ‘ENOUGH’. The upholding of freedom and our constitution is OUR RESPONSIBILITY.. We must put the pressure on congress to pass the FDR Glass-Steagall banking reform act on the floor of the senate since May that will stop the bailouts, cut backs and speculative casino type banking practice with the use of our money and forcing us into murderous austerity measures of “doing with less” while trillions of dollars of the citizens money is being used for the bailouts of Wall Street and foreign banks. Hope to meet you all tomorrow the 8th of Sept.
    Bhavani Johnson

  7. This is a well articulated article for those looking for a unified message from Occupy Wall Street.


  9. Tyrone Smith

    Love the passion, but confused about what’s actually happening here. With no goal, what are people really rallying behind, and how can they help? Clarification appreciated, thanks!

    • Join the mailing lists, go to the meetings, be at the Fed building from 5:30PM Monday onwards! If you’re in doubt about the reason for the rallying, go to http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com and watch ALL THREE films online – FREE!! Then, get involved! The world is run by those who show up!

  10. It is due time, and it is so wonderful to be a part of it!

  11. We all need to stand together to let the gov’t and politicians know that our numbers are great, we are a public that is not going away and we demand a greater voice in our economic future.

  12. Andrea Juillerat Olvera

    Wonderful! So happy to see some activism coming out of Reno.
    In Solidarity,

  13. “dont have a unified goal but are united in dissent.” thats only half the battle, and its the easy half too.