A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 16, 2022
“Sorry for the inconvenience. We are trying to change the world”

"Sorry for the inconvenience. We are trying to change the world” is a saying that has been printed on many images. The sign was used at the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011.

“‘Sorry for the inconvenience, we are trying to change the world’ http://read.bi/rpszbu #ows #occupywallstreet #p2 #p21 #tcot” was posted on Twitter by “Simon Says DEFEND ROE, WIN 2022” on October 18, 2011. “RT @womensville: Sorry for the inconvenience.We’re trying to change the world #OccupyVancouver” was posted on Twitter by raincoaster on October 20, 2011. “‘Sorry for the inconvenience, we are trying to change the world’ #OccupyTimeSquare merci @Lucile_Reynard” (with a sign shown in Times Square) was posted on Twitter by Frédéric Bardeau on October 20, 2011. “Protester sign at NYC occupy wall st demo: ‘sorry for the inconvenience but we are trying to change the world’ #respect” was posted on Twitter by Chase Jarvis on November 17, 2011.

It’s uncertain who made the first sign with this saying. “Sorry for the inconvenience. We are trying to change the world” has been used for many other protests, besides the Occupy Wall Street protests.


Wikipedia: Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) was a protest movement against economic inequality and the influence of money in politics that began in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City’s Wall Street financial district, in September 2011. It gave rise to the wider Occupy movement in the United States and other countries.

Twitter
Simon Says DEFEND ROE, WIN 2022
@SayethSimon
“Sorry for the inconvenience, we are trying to change the world” http://read.bi/rpszbu #ows #occupywallstreet #p2 #p21 #tcot
2:11 PM · Oct 18, 2011·TweetDeck

Twitter
puppy eyes
@ergsio
Sorry for the inconvenience, we are trying to change the world.
11:19 PM · Oct 19, 2011·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
raincoaster
@raincoaster
RT @womensville: Sorry for the inconvenience.We’re trying to change the world #OccupyVancouver
1:18 AM · Oct 20, 2011·TweetDeck

Twitter
Brianne Nettelfield
@brinettelfield
“Sorry for the inconvenience, We are trying to change the world” #occupyvancouver #ows #occupytogether
2:42 AM · Oct 20, 2011·Twitter for Android

Twitter
katdaddyyy
@withloveiii
“sorry for the inconvenience, we are trying to change the world” #ows #occupywallstreet
5:40 AM · Oct 20, 2011·Echofon

Twitter
Thea Harrison
@TheaHarrison
A pic of Wall St. demo posted by FB friend shows a sign: “Sorry for the inconvenience. We are trying to change the world.”
11:33 AM · Oct 20, 2011·TweetDeck

Twitter
AljosaX
@aljosawww
Sorry for the inconvenience, we are trying to change the world! smile #occupyljubljana #ows
(The sign is shown at a protest in Times Square in New York City.—ed.)
11:51 AM · Oct 20, 2011·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
⚡ Frédéric Bardeau 🚀 #WoGiTech 🔥
@fbardeau
“Sorry for the inconvenience, we are trying to change the world” #OccupyTimeSquare merci @Lucile_Reynard
(The sign is shown at a protest in Times Square in New York City.—ed.)
12:46 PM · Oct 20, 2011 from Aubais, France·Twitter Web Client

28 October 2011, AAP General News Wire (Sydney, Australia), “FED: Protesters gather as CHOGM leaders meet”:
One protester was holding up a sign saying, “Sorry for the inconvenience - we’re trying to change the world.”

Twitter
Chase Jarvis
@chasejarvis
Protester sign at NYC occupy wall st demo: “sorry for the inconvenience but we are trying to change the world” #respect
5:08 PM · Nov 17, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Nicole Clark Consulting
@NicoleClarkLMSW
Sign at Foley Square: “Sorry for the inconvenience. We are trying to change the world!” #OWS #OccupyWallStreet
6:12 PM · Nov 17, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

Newspapers.com
22 November 2011, Vancouver (BC) Sun, “Occupy Vancouver” by Mike Hager, pg. A4, col. 5:
“As my (Travis McCrae—ed.) sign says, ‘We’re sorry about the inconvenience, but we’re trying to change the world.’”

Google Books
Occupy Spirituality:
A Radical Vision for a New Generation

By Adam Bucko, and Matthew Fox
Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books
2013
Pg. 5:
Finally, there is a sign that reads, “Sorry for the inconvenience. We are trying to change the world.”

Google Books
Hello World:
Where Design Meets Life

By Alice Rawsthorn
New York, NY: The Overlook Press
2014
Pg. ?:
Similarly, lots of Occupy groups took up variations on the slogan ‘Sorry for the inconvenience. We are trying to change the world.’ The wording may have varied slightly, but the meaning was consistent, as was its wit.

Twitter
V for Vendetta
@janneman_online
Replying to @naritaderks and @maartenhopman94
Sorry for the inconvenience, they are trying to change the world… 🤷‍♂️😅 #geit
1:04 PM · Feb 12, 2022·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Raja Farrukh Hussain
@Raja_Farrukh_
sorry for the inconvenience,
we are trying to change the world
(This is also shown on a sign.—ed.)
#امپورٹڈ__حکومت__نامنظور
1:34 AM · May 11, 2022·Twitter Web App

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