2011 – Occupy Wall Street movement begins in Zuccotti Park, New York City
. Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is the name given to a protest movement that began on September 17, 2011, in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City's Wall Street financial district, receiving global attention and spawning the Occupy movement against social and economic inequality worldwide. The Canadian, anti-consumerist, pro-environment group/magazine Adbusters
initiated the call for a protest. The main issues raised by Occupy Wall Street were social and economic inequality, greed, corruption and the perceived undue influence of corporations on government—particularly from the financial services sector. The OWS slogan, "We are the 99%," refers to income inequality and wealth distribution in the U.S. between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population.