Transgender Activist and Google Software Engineer Justine Tunney Controls Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street has died down. Remnants of it exist in a very disorganized matter. Disgusted by what she saw as ineptitude, Justin Tunney took control of not only the twitter account of occupy wall street, she took control of occupywallst.org. How did Justine manage this? Justine created those accounts in July 2011.
Justine herself has an interesting background. She was a homeless transgender activist in 2011. She was diagnosed with cancer and needed money for her medical treatments. She ended up getting a job at Google as a software engineer. She says that Occupy Wall Street isn’t anticorporate, but it is anti Wall Street.
It will be interesting to see how Justine moves Occupy forward. Some occupiers have criticized Justine for taking over the above mentioned accounts. But she was the one who created them. And in order to buy an internet domain, one must pay for it via credit card. This highlights a problem with Occupy. Websites and other accounts cannot be movement accounts. There’s no way for everyone in occupy to have access to the twitter account or to the website. Clearly someone has to have the responsibility to maintain these accounts. Occupy being a leaderless movement was always an illusion. But when occupy’s so called leaders hid behind supposedly not having leaders, it allowed them to evade the responsibilities of leadership. And that includes being called out for poor decisions. Kudos for Justine Tunney for being brave enough to take credit for accounts she founded and to take ownership for them. That in itself is a massive improvement in Occupy Wall Street.
When I covered Occupy, I was hoping Occupy would become a political force in and of itself. Not to simply be there to elect Democrats for office. As Justine says on the main Occupy twitter account:
So I felt it was my duty to step in and make sure this situation gets resolved in a way where we don’t become free promotion for democrats.
— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallSt) February 7, 2014
She’s quite critical of what she calls the institutional left and of the liberal elite. She also is critical of what she terms as American Political theater, as a YouTube Video embedded in a Daily Caller Article illustrates. Clearly we’ll be hearing more of Justine Tunney, and of Occupy Wall Street.