Protesters have been camping out at New York‚Äôs 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.
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.
Those assembled say there is no leadership, but there‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs the '60s without the drugs,‚ÄĚ says Jennifer Jager, who lives near the park and has been watching and visiting the protesters.
‚ÄúA lot of them who started it are younger than my son,‚ÄĚ she says.
CNN‚Äôs Susanna Capelouto and Jonathan Binder spent an afternoon with the protesters and sent this audio postcard:
Tough new state immigration laws are striking fear in the hearts of illegal immigrants with American-born children.
‚ÄúI worry about my children,‚ÄĚ says one father of two young kids in Carrollton, Georgia. He didn't want to give his name, because he has no legal right to reside in the United States. ‚ÄúMy kids were born here. What will happen with them? We don‚Äôt know, and that‚Äôs the fear we have.‚ÄĚ