This poster summarizes the history and impact of the Occupy Movement, using only government sources and data to put together the story. I look briefly at the conditions that sparked the movement, the government’s response to protestors, and the policies that came about to seemingly address the demands of the 99%. All this information comes from free and open sources like FDSys, the Census Bureau and the Department of Homeland Security Digital Library (with a little help from FOIA).

Rhetoric of the Occupy Movement compared to the Rhetoric of the Congressional Record in Fall 2011

I also examine data from the Capitol Words API/Congressional Record to see if legislators adopted the rhetoric of the Occupy Movement, and develop several info visualizations to explore this data. In these visualizations, words in red match the words most used by the Occupy Movement.

Word Cloud comparing the Rhetoric of the Occupy Movement to the Congressional Record– Dec 2011