NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15:  Demonstrators associated with the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement protest in Times Square on October 15, 2011 in New York City. Thousands of people are taking to the streets in cities across the world today in demonstrations inspired by the 'Occupy Wall Street' protests against the global financial system that began here in New York.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Occupy Movement

Occupy Wall Street is the name of a protest movement that began on September 17, 2011, when a group of demonstrators camped out at Zuccotti Park in the financial district of New York City. With no proclaimed leader or singular demand, the protests are mostly aimed at wealth disparity in the country and what are deemed as unfair practices by financial firms. The protesters aim their ire at the top 1 percent of American income earners, rallying around the slogan “We are the 99 percent.” Hundreds of other “Occupy” protests have taken hold across the world. While there have been clashes with authorities, the protests have been overwhelmingly peaceful.