To attract Latinos to its growing national movement, Occupy Wall Street has started a Spanish-language publication.
“We were realizing we could reach great amounts of people in New York City through social media and print, but a huge portion does not speak English,” said Michael Levitin, managing editor of the Occupied Wall Street Journal. “How can we bring them into the movement?”
Only two days after the translated copy came out, just a small percentage of the 20,000 copies remain in neat piles amid rumpled sleeping bags, mountains of coats and stacks of backpacks.
The paper will be distributed among Manhattan’s Latino neighborhoods such as Spanish Harlem and Washington Heights, and parts of outer boroughs with strong ethnic enclaves such as Queens and Brooklyn.
A second issue is in the works that will vary markedly from the first version. Latino designers and production managers assisting in the newspaper’s development will create something more in line with traditional Latino newspapers.
“This movement needs Latinos on board,” said Levitin.
The growing movement is trying to recruit Latinos with Spanish-language publication.