Occupy Poster

Occupy Poster

This poster combines historic photographs from the 1964 Occupation of Alcatraz with recent imagery from the 2011 Occupy Movement in San Francisco, which called for social and economic equality worldwide.

In 1964, less than a year after the infamous federal prison had closed its doors, a small group of Sioux Indians occupied Alcatraz Island, claiming that all abandoned federal land was to be returned to the native people from whom it was originally acquired. This protest inspired another occupation of Alcatraz from 1969 to 1971, led by Mohawk activist Richard Oakes. The protestors demanded reclamation of the island with the intention of building a cultural center and university for tribal communities. In 1972, Alcatraz Island was incorporated into the Golden Gate Recreation Area and is currently administered by the National Park Service.

Nearly 50 years after the Occupation of Alcatraz, in 2011, citizens of the international Occupy Movement gathered in various locations around the world to demand social and economic equality. Occupy protestors in San Francisco, like their international partners, used both conventional methods of civil resistance (strikes, rallies, and marches) as well as social media broadcasting and realtime networked collaboration tools to organize public demonstrations and voice collective values.


Students from CAL and Occupy San Francisco protesters in 2011

Students from University of California at Berkeley and other California colleges and Occupy San Francisco protesters march along the Embarcadero as part of a demonstration in San Francisco, Nov. 16, 2011. AP Photo/ Jeff Chiu

Native Americans during the occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1964.

Native Americans during the occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1964. Bettmann/ Corbis