Occupy Wall Street
They seemed at first like a bunch of naïve college kids, but the movement now known as Occupy Wall Street quickly evolved into something that moved the national political conversation decidedly to the left.
To the frustration of many media outlets, the occupiers refused to state a list of demands and insisted they had no leadership.
That second claim seemed dubious. Clearly there were leaders, whether or not they chose to identify themselves as such.They started in New York, though just as the New York movement drew inspiration from the Arab spring and protests in Madrid and elsewhere, it quickly spurred imitators in other U.S. cities and around the globe. Public spaces, most notably Zuccotti Park near Wall Street, became places to air free-wheeling discussions and demonstrate and attract attention to all kinds of issues, from fracking to taxes to the origin and purpose of the monetary system.
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