So the Occupy movement is dead, right?
According to the preliminary findings of the Occupy General Assembly Research Project, this common perception isn’t at all accurate. The attendance at general assemblies are almost universally much lower than in Fall of 2011 through Winter 2012, but many Occupies have active GAs which have leveled off and stabilized at between 5 and 30 participants at an average meeting, rather than completely dying off.
Communities which are reported to still have active general assemblies include the following (in no particular order):
Western North Carolina
As the survey is still open, and far from complete, so too is this list. It should also be noted that Colorado has three general assemblies listed. This is most likely due to the research project being based in CO and not due to a particular concentration in the state. This fact suggests that there are many smaller Occupies across the nation which simply have not been represented in the survey yet.
Another factor to keep in mind is that some communities lack a general assembly but nevertheless, have an active Occupy culture. These communities are very important and potential vibrant but are not the primary focus of the project.
The General Assembly Research Project is a formal survey and interview based research project aimed at studying the nuances of how Occupy general assemblies across the United States have evolved and how they have affected and been affected by other aspects of the movement. Data collection will continue through May 2013.
While it is not officially affiliated with any organization or specific Occupy, the researchers, Terese Howard and Christopher Mandel are both active participants in Occupy Denver. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To participate in the survey, click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5NNHZK6