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Making Safer Spaces: Occupy Wall Street Addresses Questions of Security at Zuccotti Park

The question of how safe Liberty Plaza is – and for whom – has consumed occupiers and critics for weeks.

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How the occupiers at Liberty Plaza work to address and end violence, said Maharawal, is as important for Occupy Wall Street's safety as it is symbolic, for setting a tone for occupations across the country. It's also central to their success. “For movements or communities like ours,” she explained, “how we keep each other safe is not just a side issue –  it's a fundamental issue.” 

Melissa Gira Grant has written for Slate, the Guardian (UK), the New York Observer and Jezebel, among others. Follow her on Twitter: @melissagira.

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