Hundreds of people have occupied a park near Wall St. Occupation for two weeks. Protesters hope to bring some "Arab Spring" spirit to the U.S. and counteract the Tea Party and right-wing trend in the U.S. Occupy Wall Street has sparked over fifty efforts in other cities that include occupations and marches (most are listed in occupytogether. In Boston, for example related actions included the Take Back Boston march Friday organized around the national Right to the City coalition of grassroots organzations, and OccupyBoston modeled after OccupyWallStreet has taken over Dewey Square in the downtown area.
While most of the occupiers are young and white, it has resonated with others. The efforts are consciously leaderless, spontaneous, and decentralized. While it's unclear how sustainable such a model is, hopefully this effort sparks a more progressive movement than currently exists.
Here is OccupyWallStreet's 7 minute video general explanation.
In a related analysis, the New York Times featured on the front page this past week the wave of global protest that reflects a loss of trust in the electoral system. However, while the protests and rejection of elections reflects discontent with capitalism, they also cited the lack of clear direction, speaking to the need for the left to speak out more forcefully.