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The opening of LatCrit XVI in San Diego, CA, on October 9, 2011, coincided with the events that are identified as the start of the global expression of the Occupy Movement. The Occupy Movement began to gain media attention on September 17, 2011, in Zuccotti Park in New York City. By October 9, protests had taken place or were ongoing in eighty-two countries and over 600 communities in the United States. The broad theme for LatCrit XVI was "Global Justice" and the conference was billed as "an opportunity to explore theories, histories, and futures of global justice. Of particular importance [was] the relationship between universality and difference, and comparative conceptions of equality and justice." Now, some four months later, the Occupy Movement has succeeded in changing the zeitgeist by changing the political vocabulary and focusing the U.S. presidential debate as well as much of the globe on income inequality. "We are the 99%" has become a rallying cry about the maldistribution of social resources, especially in the allocation of wealth away from the middle classes towards the ultra-rich. This recent period has come to be called the "American Autumn" in comparing this regional activism and revolutionary fervor with the "Arab Spring," the months that saw protests against oppressive regimes spread from Tunisia and Egypt through Libya and into more than thirteen other Middle Eastern and North African countries.

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