On Sept. 17, hundreds of people protested against Wall Street greed in Lower Manhattan and marched up Broadway; about 150 people stayed overnight in Zuccotti Park, a privately owned public space near Wall Street. Since then, while living in the park, the protesters have sponsored rallies and marches on most days — and the movement has thrived. Between 1,000 and 1,500 people have reportedly been arrested in protests across the United States, with the largest numbers in New York, Boston and Chicago.
Jon Corzine, the former Goldman Sachs executive, senator and New Jersey governor, seems to embody everything the 99 percenters hate about Wall Street. So why is the Obama campaign embracing him as a top-tier bundler?
Activists in L.A. and around the country weigh new strategies to continue momentum after the loss of City Hall and other sites, and a possible end to using camps as a primary tactic.
Civil rights attorneys say many of them may not be charged and should be freed immediately. Most of the arrestees, who face a minimum bail of $5,000, are young, white and male.
Graeme Knowles says his position as dean 'was becoming untenable' in the face of mounting criticism of the way St. Paul's has responded to the tent camp that has sprouted outside the church as part of the Occupy Wall Street protests. He is the second clergyman to resign.
Hours after the LAPD launched a nighttime eviction of the Occupy L.A. encampment, City Hall's south lawn offered abandoned personal possessions such as an Etta James record, electric razors, and a cosmetics kit with seven kinds of nail polish.
More than 70 are arrested at a demonstration outside the Bank of America Center on downtown L.A.'s Bunker Hill, prompting several local and national unions to call on the city to let the protesters stay. At a march in Manhattan, 200 are taken into custody.
Occupy Wall Street needs to recognize some realities about what drives income inequality: The tax-the-rich remedy has an upper limit; immigration of unskilled workers depresses wages at the low end; and the breakdown of families leaves people socially less-well equipped to thrive in the economy.
Thousands chant, march and dance during a general strike called by Occupy Oakland, a largely peaceful protest that snarled downtown streets, rerouted buses, closed the port and drew hundreds of teachers and city workers from classrooms and offices.
The demonstration, trying to build on the momentum generated by the Occupy movement, was timed to coincide with a grass-roots drive to get people across the nation to move money from big banks into credit unions.
A snowstorm forecast for this weekend reminds Occupy Wall Street protesters, camping out in Zuccotti Park, that winter is coming. Donors are sending cold-weather gear, but the city has made clear it doesn't want people getting too comfortable.
Many of the twentysomethings protesting in Manhattan have racked up sizable debts, and some are left to wonder whether their diplomas may be worth less than their cardboard signs.
Occupy Wall Street protesters and those at demonstrations like it across the U.S. are finding out what America's homeless have long known: Sometimes it's difficult to relieve yourself without committing a crime.
President Obama is linking the tea party movement with the Occupy Wall Street protests, saying they both speak to the belief of some Americans that they are "separated from government."
Weekend demonstrations in support of the Occupy Wall Street effort led to several hundred arrests, with 70 held in New York and 175 in Chicago. More than a dozen were arrested from the steps of the Supreme Court.
When Kanye West, Al Sharpton and Russell Simmons drop by the Manhattan protest site, activists accuse them of using the movement to boost their own profiles and agendas.
Police arrest about 10 Occupy Wall Street protesters taking a victory lap in Lower Manhattan after the planned cleaning of Zuccotti Park is canceled. Those who have been camped out at the park for 28 days saw the cleaning as a ploy to evict them.
Moving from protest to policy is the hardest leap that grass-roots organizations face, akin to turning a promising patent into a billion-dollar business. Occupy Wall Street is just now entering that very difficult, and very interesting phase.
Some observers see Occupy Wall Street as a movement that could morph into something like a tea party that helps elect Democrats. But protesters say that's not their aim.
U.S. history teaches us that the politics of peaceful disruption has been an effective way to prod the establishment toward greater social and economic justice. But will the current movement be this effective?