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November 11, 2011

Occupy The Hood, How A NYC Man Changed the Race of OWS

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Written by: Jenny Marc

Malik Rhasaan started the Occupy the Hood movement. Photo by Jenny Marc


alik Rhasaan visited Occupy Wall Street two months ago, and noticed that the majority of participants were white. Wanting to increase diversity and bring the movement to his New York City neighborhood — South Jamaica in the borough of Queens — he signed up for Twitter and made his very first hashtag: #occupythehood.

With his simple observation and a single tweet, he inadvertently sparked a movement that has galvanized the nation.

Now in its second month, Occupy the Hood boasts 30,000 followers and is active in more than 20 states.

About the Author

Jenny Marc
Jenny Marc
Jenny Marc is a freelance photojournalist. After living in New Orleans for six years, she moved to New York City in August 2011 to pursue a Master's Degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.


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