Who are the voices behind the protests, movement to #OccupyWallStreet?
Protesters dressed as corporate zombies march past the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.
October 4th, 2011
03:06 PM ET

Who are the voices behind the protests, movement to #OccupyWallStreet?

Protesters have been camping out at New York’s Zuccotti Park for more than two weeks.

What started as call to action by Adbusters, a Canadian anti-consumer organization, to protest greed and corruption in Manhattan's Financial District has grown into a catch-all movement of dissent and frustration with current norms.

Overheard on CNN.com: What do the protesters want?

Fueled by social media, the protests have persisted and have begun to attract mainstream attention. By now, the Occupy Wall Street event is attracting a lot of street musicians and tourists.

The atmosphere appears more festive than angry.

View a high-resolution gallery of the protests

Those assembled say there is no leadership, but there’s plenty of organization. Food continues to be donated, and protesters take shifts for things such as sanitation duty in which they sweep the park. There are no restrooms, but there are plenty of fast-food restaurants and coffee shops nearby for bathroom breaks.

“It’s the '60s without the drugs,” says Jennifer Jager, who lives near the park and has been watching and visiting the protesters.

“A lot of them who started it are younger than my son,” she says.

CNN’s Susanna Capelouto and Jonathan Binder spent an afternoon with the protesters and sent this audio postcard:

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  1. Tim

    Imagine this is happening in China or some Arab countries, how enthusiastic CNN, BBC, AP, AFP, Reuters will be to cover it with live 24/7, breaking news, etc... Now they know that media's reporting can actually stir up more troubles for themselves. So they choose to be as silent as they can be.. selective reporting, double standards..

    October 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • SHLOMO

      Indeed Motek

      October 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    "And Whispered In The Sounds Of Silence"

    October 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sol

    The protesters are just highlighting some of the major problems caused by Wallstreet, but their Major weakness is not having a well planned out solution, or approach in resolving the economic stresses caused by walstreet. They have to be more specific for the intended outcome, stress the points that needed to be address, and call on the relevant Authorities to provide answers to their overwhelming frustrations.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    I think we got a revolution, were ever you go. I think it's gonna be alright.
    Now organize the demands.
    Signatures for the audit.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andy

    why media's coverage on this topic is so limited?

    October 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jja

    Funny, but do any of these people have jobs to go to? I couldn't camp out on wall street for days on end – I have bills to pay – taxes, too. Is this where our tax dollars are really going – for idiots to pretend that they're 10 years old again? And please don't tell me that they're all unemployed.....

    Other than their usual BS rants – "Kill the rich, tax the rich, destroy the rich....do they have any real ideas for the economy??

    October 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alex

    I'm surprised how little coverage CNN has on this story. Maybe I'm not totally surprised because it's probably not in their financial interest.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Son_of_Pan

    As we observe these protests, let us remember these famous lines: “It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” -Mohandas K. Gandhi

    "All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke

    October 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark Franks

    No more bonuses for failure. You fail to perform you PAY IT ALL BACK! Gorram robbers!

    October 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    Some people who were with Occupy St. Louis were at the event with President Obama this evening and asked about the pipeline from Canada. The paper St. Louis Post Dispatch did not say what his response was.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MiddleClassMother

    If the protestors really want to ruffle some feathers, they need to set up shop on K Street in D.C. It's the lobbyists/special interest groups who are ruining this country. Granted, the politicians are more than happy to take their money. This is what really needs to change.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. leeintulsa

    @tim: if this was in china or some arab country, the news would have no access to the protestors. There'd be the government line in the paper. And i wonder how long they'd stay there once the government started shooting..?

    October 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Son_of_Pan

      Violence only begets swifter action.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. NJ Joe

    The picture may look scary, but there is a message there. Wall street is not working. It is a place of greed and place where power manipulates. American believe in freedom, capitalism and free market. But we do not believe corporation corruption, corporation greed and freedom for the rich and powerful only. Corporate boardrooms across America is so corrupted, it truly believe these people in the picture are CEOs and board directors. They take care of each orther as members of the elite club. How could a corporated leaders could be award millions of dollars for bringing down the company. Everytime corporations announce layoffs, Wall Street award corporations by raise their share price. I think company downsizings because business goes south. Hence, work force should be reduced. Then why the share prices go up. While workers get let go, CEO and uppoer management get millions and millions of dollars for the upraising stock price. I have a suggestion, Corporate America should outsource CEOs to other country (say India). It definitely will save Corporation millions and millions of dollars because CEOs in India do not come close to US CEO pay scales (10% may be if they are lucky). Hopefully, they will do the same thing here and outsource workers back to USA. Fruite for thought.

    President Obama promise America to reform Wall Street. Please take action now and comprimise no more. American needs leadership and need to clean up all those zombies in Corporate America (if there is any Corporate America left, may be they all disappear in the name of globalization). Bring back the old fashion America business leadership that think America first and bonus last. By the way, after Corporate America put US citizens into poor house, who is going to buy your product and where your bonus come from. Fruit for thought.

    October 4, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Arthur Graham

    A short humor piece in support of the protesters:


    October 4, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. leroy jenkins

    hahaa look at all these spoiled little kids playing dress up. such hypocrites. the struggling economy isnt the president's fault, its the fault of the american people. you should all be ashamed.

    October 4, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Son_of_Pan

      Right, because the American Public was handling and bundling housing loans.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
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