Occupy Wall Street quickly turned into a world wide general strike with a call to occupy all streets and calling for the end of social and economic inequality.
The protests were inspired in part by the Arab Spring and rising tensions since the Great Recession. The movement drew criticism for having unclear demands at first but the rallying and sloganeering successfully galvanized people under the "we are the 99%" banner. While the movement started off with traditional protest methods of picketing, occupation, non-violence and demonstrations--its true power has come from deft use of social media and the far reach of internet activists.
The movement was called a democratic awakening and its major platforms are centered on the middle and working classes who have struggled more and more since the late 1970s, and have been subjected to a huge wealth gap due to the economic crisis of the late 2000s. Despite claims that the movement's demands are unclear or impossible--several goals were established in particular the reduction of corporate influence in politics, more and better jobs with more equally distributed pay and bank reform that focuses on the speculative practices and the arrest of individuals responsible for the sub-prime mortgage world wide economic crises.
The strikes have been broken and all the camps cleared away but the movement has continued on in the form of a large array of smaller organizations and missions including a response to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, monitoring the SEC's financial regulatory activity, and attacking huge personal, medical and education debts. Now, show the world where you stand.