The Occupy Wall Street protests celebrate their one-month anniversary today, with the news that the protests have raised around $300,000 in donations.
The fact that Americans are giving big money to support change in our financial system is making the Marketplace Daily Pulse feel stronger today.
As well as attracting donations, the Occupy Wall Street movement has attracted considerable international attention and support. Like the Tea Party in its early days, the OWS protesters seem to have struck a chord among the public that -- for the moment -- appears to cross party lines. Groups as diverse as the American Nazi Party and the Communist Party of the USA have released messages of support echoing Occupy Wall Street's demands.
The protests have also generated a great deal of discussion about the merits of the protesters' demands, their incoherence, their similarities to Tea Party gatherings (and the differences), and of course the conduct of the police.
The highlight of the protests so far was a Global Day of Action, which took place on Saturday, and involved as many as 900 cities across the world. Most were peaceful, although there were riots in Rome, and in the U.S., where 70 people were arrested in Times Square.