Justin Wedes

    is an educator and activist living in Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in Physics and Linguistics Justin has taught formerly truant and low-income youth in subjects ranging from science to media literacy and social justice activism. A founding member of the New York City General Assembly (NYCGA), the group that brought you Occupy Wall Street, Justin continues his education activism with the Grassroots Education Movement, Class Size Matters, and now serves as the Co-Principal of the Paul Robeson Freedom School. He has recently summed up the legacy of the Occupy Wall Street Movement in an article for The Guardian newspaper: “A new generation of game-changers has found its calling, and isn’t waiting for the political establishment to give them the go-ahead to take initiative. In our short lifetime, we’ve already changed the national conversation from debt and budget cuts to income inequality and corruption. In any struggle, tactics shift as we learn from experience and experiment with new ways of growing grassroots power. Ours is still a project in its infancy, forever evolving, building upon the successes of the civil rights and antiwar movements, the anti-globalization and women’s rights struggles, among many other calls for social and economic justice. Sure, we face an uncertain future, but we embrace the chaos that defines our time. Because there is no alternative but to challenge the status quo of ever-increasing debt, shrinking job opportunities and disappearing civil rights. Two years ago, in scores of encampments across America, a new generation found its calling. We will continue to move forward peacefully and deliberately in order to take back our county, our future and our dreams.”