American Political Movement
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is an ongoing protest movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Zuccotti Park in New York City's Wall Street financial district. The Canadian activist group Adbusters initiated the protest, which has led to Occupy protests and movements around the world. The main concerns of the Occupy protestors are social and economic inequality, greed, corruption and the undue influence of corporations on government (particularly the influence exercised by the financial services sector). The OWS slogan "We are the 99%" addresses the growing income and wealth inequality in the United States between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the American population.
To achieve their goals, protesters act on consensus-based decisions made in general assemblies that emphasize direct action over petitioning authorities for redress of grievances. As with the Tea Party Movement, there has been great reluctance among Occupy protestors to form a formal (vote-splitting) third party.