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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Occupy Wall Street protesters will hold an “Occupy Christmas” 24-hour vigil at Zuccotti Park beginning late on Christmas Eve, hoping to inject the perceived moral authority — and mainstream cultural appeal — of Christian faith into the cause, much like Civil Rights leaders did to great effect in the 1960s.

Christmas will be the 100th day since the movement’s birth, and though the mass evictions that rippled through the country last month damaged its ability to control the national conversation (and influence Democratic politicians) via appeals to traditional media, Occupiers want to draw attention to economic inequality at a time of mass consumerism, and also appeal to Christian values like charity and even socialism.

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