The date was September 17, 2011. At that time there were a few hundred people who decided to make a March 2 to an empty location in lower Manhattan. The location was very obscure and most construction workers and bankers hardly realized that it was even there. This group of people decided to camp out on the bare concrete and over the next two months this small group of people were joined by thousands of supporters. All of these supporters built makeshift housing, erected tents, a library, a field hospital, a sanitation department, and a free cigarette dispensary. They also did quite a bit of loud drumming.
Why were these people gathering together? The reason was easily understood once you read any of the signs that the protesters carried. They were concerned about the huge gap that was developing between the poor and the rich. They were upset that Pres. Obama did not hold Wall Street and the bankers accountable for the financial disaster of 2008. They claimed that money had taken over the political element of the United States.
Over time, this demonstration quickly attracted intellects, students, celebrities, and other activists. What is remarkable about this entire event was that it captured the thoughts of every American citizen for a long period of time afterwards.