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Born Name: Andrew Conner
Born/Date of Birth: 1985
Place of Birth: Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Known for: Occupy Wall Street, Randyland
Title: CEO of Jekko
Co-director of Randyland
Co-host of G3AR
Parent(s): Glenn Conner (father)
Official Website: foo.press
Foo Conner, is an American activist, entrepreneur, and journalist. He is known for his work on Occupy Wall Street, Randyland, Social journalism, and as a YouTube personality.
Foo Conner was born in Charleston, West Virginia. He grew up on a small subsistence farm right outside of the city in Mink Shoals, West Virginia. His father was a photojournalist for United Press International and taught Foo the craft at an early age.
Although he has been called Foo since childhood, Conner officially changed his name to Foo in 2018. Foo squats an otherwise abandoned house to advocate for housing rights. Touring bands often play there. In February 2016, babies born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania were gifted prints of Foo's artwork.
Conner got his start producing free punk rock festivals at Skatopia. The anti-authoritarian atmosphere of his events caught the attention of Rolling Stone. Upon hearing the call to protest, he became a core organizer for Occupy Wall Street movement speaking out against Economic inequality.
On the weekends he co-hosts the G3AR YouTube channel, where they build super hero gadgets and test them similar to the Mythbusters. The channel has amassed over 500,000 subscribers. In 2016 he added to his many roles becoming the co-director of Randyland, an outsider art museum promoting happiness.
Occupy Wall Street
In 2011, Foo helped plan the Occupy movement online. He would move to Zucotti Park in the fall. Though a leaderless movement, Conner would be recognized as a core organizer and speak on behalf of the movement. During his time at Occupy, Conner played rolls in the social media strategy and coordinate street protests. Towards the end, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges told Conner, "a real activist would get into the news". Conner would use his experiences and that advice to go on to found Jekko, a news website covering current events and technology news.
Foo is a prolific journalist covering upwards of five hundred events a year through social media. Conner's society photography is reminiscent of late American photographer Bill Cunningham who took candid photos and traveled to events by bicycle. The uniqueness of the style has led other society columns to occasionally mention if Conner attends an event. In 2016, he was nominated for Blogger of the Year at Style Week Pittsburgh. He is known for his gonzo journalism "activistartist-journalist" style. His work aims for a neutral point of view. This applies to his technology commentary too, which he has been doing for over a decade.
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