On September 17, a protest (Occupy Wall Street) began as a result of an ad in Adbusters, a Vancouver, British Columbia, magazine. The first day a hundred and fifty people arrived at the Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, and many more after that. Students, recent graduates, unemployed individuals, among others gathered to protest about social and economic inequality, corruption, and the financial influence over government.
A general assembly was held by the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters on October 4, where they shared thoughts and ideas on the issue. The following afternoon a march was held from Zuccotti Park to Foley Square, 20,000 people where estimated in this march, composed mainly by the United Federation of Teachers, the Transport Workers Union, the Communication Workers of America, the Service Employees and Restaurant Employees union, among others who have found their way in the OWS movement.
Larry Goodwyn, a retired professor of history and author of The Populist Movement believes that "television can make a crowd look like a mob." That is exactly what the television coverage of OWS movement was doing, casting the OWS movement as a threat to civil society. The principal why 20,000 people gathered in a park on the streets of Lower Manhattan is because of the difference in wealth between the wealthiest 1% and the 99% rest of the population.