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October 12, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement spreads

What started in NewYork City in mid September, a call to "flood lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street," has continued to feed similar groups around the United States taking up the name and cause. Groups have gathered to bring attention to many issues, with a central focus on the economic hardships and inequality they say many Americans face. -- Lloyd Young (35 photos total)

Occupy Boston demonstrators block an entrance to the Federal Reserve Bank behind a police line in Boston Oct. 8. (Michael Dwyer/Associated Press)

A protester affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street protests stands with a U.S. dollar bill taped over his mouth in Zuccotti Park, New York Oct. 10. (Andrew Burton/Associated Press) #

A man signs a huge banner during Occupy DC anti-corporations protest at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC Oct. 10. A four-day protest in Washington to reclaim American politics for the people went into overtime, its participants vowing to stay put despite the expiry of their permit. The Stop the Machine occupation of Freedom Plaza is one of two ongoing protests in the capital, alongside the like-minded but more youthful Occupy DC sit-in, now in its 10th day. Occupy DC, inspired by the much bigger Occupy Wall Street movement in New York, meanwhile, continued to draw several dozen people every day to McPherson Square, in the shadows of big lobbying firms. (Jewwl Samad/AFP/Getty Images) #

Police arrest demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement after they attempted to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on the motorway on Oct. 1. This portion of the bridge is not intended for pedestrians and as the marchers attempted to cross, they were stopped midway by police. Hundreds were arrested. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

Protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement rally in Foley Square before marching though Lower Manhattan on Oct. 5 in New York. Hundreds of activists affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations have been living in a park in the Financial District near Wall Street. The activists have been gradually converging on the financial district over the past two weeks to rally against the influence of corporate money in politics among a host of other issues. Over 700 people were arrested last weekend on the Brooklyn Bridge after temporarily blocking traffic. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

Protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement are reflected in a stock ticket screen as they march though Lower Manhattan on Oct. 5. Thousands of protesters including union members and college students from an organized walkout joined the rally and march. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

Protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement rally in Lower Manhattan on Oct. 5. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

About one thousand people gather and form a large "99%" in the middle of Freedom Plaza during an occupation of the plaza Oct. 6 in Washington, DC. Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement that began last month in New York, large and small occupations have sprung up in cities across the country. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) #

Julia Botello and other protesters occupy the lobby of a Bank of America on Oct. 6 in Los Angeles, CA. The demonstrators are marching to major bank offices to protest the role of Wall Street banks in the federal budget crisis and in solidarity with protesters in New York and other US cities. (David McNew/Getty Images) #

Protesters hold candles during a vigil as a part of the Occupy DC protest against corporations at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, on Oct. 6. Protests against corporate power in the United States took root in Washington on Thursday, with hundreds of people occupying Freedom Plaza in the city center to demand progressive reform. The Stop the Machine rally, midway between the Capitol and the White House, echoed the demands of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York that drew more than 5,000 people as well as labor-union support. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) #

A member of Occupy Wall Street wakes up after spending the night on Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York, Oct. 11. Protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement scheduled a "Millionaires March" taking their march in front of the homes of some of New York's wealthiest residents in Manhattan Upper East Side. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images) #

Two New York police officers walk alongside a protestor affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street protests outside Zuccotti Park after the arrest of two men in New York on Oct. 10. As the protest on Wall Street enters its fourth week, police officers are keeping their posts around the perimeter of the park at the center of it all. And with no end in sight, the cost of constant police surveillance will continue to rise at a time when Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered citywide budget cuts. (Andrew Burton/Associated Press) #

Protestors who are calling for an end to the Federal Reserve and are part of the Occupy DC movement, burn a dollar bill in front of the Federal Reserve in Washington, DC, Oct. 9. (Cliff Owen/Associated Press) #

Tigh Barry of Santa Monica, CA., a member of Code Pink and part of the Occupy DC demonstration cleans spilled paint from the tiles on Freedom Plaza, in Washington Oct. 9. (Cliff Owen/Associated Press) #

New York Police Department officers stand guard at the Wall Street Bull, as a person poses for a picture in New York Oct. 7. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) #

A member of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Noah Fischer, shouts his protests against income inequality while demonstrating in the financial district of New York on Oct. 6. Demonstrators, taking part in the Occupy Wall St have staged demonstrations protesting income inequality for several weeks now while camped in Zuccotti Park. (/Lucas Jackson/Reuters) #

Police arrest a man who refused to leave a tent pitched at an Occupy Seattle protest encampment in downtown Seattle's Westlake Park on Oct. 5. People protesting the current economic situation and several other causes had been camped in the park for several days, mirroring other demonstrations in other areas of the country. On Wednesday afternoon, police moved in and took down all of the tents, and arrested those who refused to leave them. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press) #

A member of the Occupy Wall Street movement holds a sign aloft in front of the home of hedge fund manager John Paulson during a march through the upper east side of New York on Oct. 11. The Occupy Wall Street movement took protests to the New York homes of super-wealthy executives on Tuesday as rallies against economic inequality were planned this week for over 50 U.S. college campuses and in several cities around the world. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters) #

A doorman looks out the entrance to a Park Avenue building as members of the Occupy Wall Street walk past in protest through the upper east side of New York on Oct. 11. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) #

A man walks through the Occupy Boston encampment on Oct. 11. Tensions boiled over early Tuesday in downtown Boston, where police arrested about 100 protesters from the Occupy Boston movement after the group expanded its encampment. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) #

A member of the Secret Service (right) makes demonstrators step back from the fence in front of the White House in Washington on Oct. 7, during Occupy DC activities in the capital. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)#

A man wears an Occupy LA t-shirt at their protest camp in Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 9. The Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York last month with a few people has expanded to protests across the country with marches and camps taking shape from Tampa, Florida to Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles to Philadelphia. Protesters messages range from anti-corporate sentiments to frustration with the financial system and politicians. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) #

Maggie Babb (16) a junior at Loring Nicollet Alternative School, participates in an Occupy Minnesota demonstration held at Hennepin County Government Plaza on Oct. 7. (Genevieve Ross/Associated Press) #

A man washes coins donated to protestors while participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park on Oct. 7, in New York. The three-week-old campout in a lower Manhattan plaza looks like a jumble of tattered sleeping bags, but teams of volunteers working on food, sanitation, health care and other needs keep the shifting population of protesters functioning like an impromptu city within the city. (Andrew Burton/Associated Press) #

Demonstrators with Occupy Boston stop on Washington Street during a march through Boston on Oct. 10. (Josh Reynolds/Associated Press) #

A protestor who is part of the Occupy Boston group is led off by police during a stand off with Boston Police at the Charlestown Bridge on Oct. 10. (Josh Reynolds/Associated Press) #

A demonstrator protests in downtown Los Angeles as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The anti-Wall Street demonstrators say they're angry at big banks and corporate America. But they are also deeply disgusted with politics and the inability of lawmakers to get things done in Washington. (Chris Carlson/Associated Press) #

Lauren Bieber (left) and Mike Mull, both from from Philadelphia, sit next to a haiku they wrote on the sidewalk near City Hall on Oct. 9. Organizers of what is being called Occupy Philadelphia say the demonstration is meant to be a stand against corporate greed. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press) #

Jordan McCarthy, 22, from Sandwich, N.H., awakes from under a makeshift shelter where she is camped out among participants in the Occupy Wall Street Protest at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, in New York. "We have allowed greed to be more important than humans," said McCarthy who joined the camp a week ago. The protests started on Sept. 17 with a few dozen demonstrators who tried to pitch tents in front of the New York Stock Exchange, and has since grown to hundreds in New York, as well as across the nation. (Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press) #

Emily McArthur, of Jamaica Plain, Mass., chants through a bullhorn in front of the Statehouse, in Boston, as part of an Occupy Boston demonstration. The group is part of a nationwide grassroots movement in support of the ongoing Wall Street protests in New York. (Josh Reynolds/Associated Press) #

Women who came to practice yoga in participation with the Occupy Wall Street protests, lift their yoga mats in the air while listening to yoga instructor Seane Corn speak in Zuccotti Park in New York on Oct. 10. (Andrew Burton/Associated Press) #

A Occupy Wall Street protester camped in Zuccotti Park tries to catch a little sun on an overcast morning in the financial district in New York on Oct. 4. The protests have gathered momentum and gained participants in recent days as news of mass arrests and a coordinated media campaign by the protestors have given rise to similar demonstrations around the country. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press) #

Police officers block Occupy Wall Street protesters from marching to Wall Street in New York on Oct. 5. Protesters in suits and T-shirts with union slogans left work early to march with activists who have been camped out in Zuccotti Park for days. Some marchers brought along their children, hoisting them onto their shoulders as they walked down Broadway. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press) #

Christopher Posey, 28, of Astoria, stands in the rain along with other protesters encamped in Chapman Square on Oct. 10 in Portland, Ore. Occupy Portland, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York, began on Thursday with at least 4,000 people marching through downtown Portland. Since the march, hundreds of people have remained in tents concentrated in Chapman Square and have not set a date for when the protest will end. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press) #

Protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street protest wear Guy Fawkes masks in Zuccotti Park in New York on Oct. 10. The growing protest over class and wealth is entering its fourth week. (Andrew Burton/Associated Press) #