Occupy Wall Street Movement

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Occupy Wall Street Movement Domonique Goldsmith Mrs. Kristen Barnes Business Ethics 309 July 24, 2013 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. To achieve their goals, protesters acted on consensus-based decisions made in general assemblies which emphasized direct action over petitioning authorities for redress. Income inequality is a focal point of the Occupy Wall Street protests,[ David R. Francis (January 24, 2012). "Thanks to Occupy, rich-poor gap is front and center. See Mitt Romney's tax return.". CSMonitor.com. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-23.][ "Six in 10 Support Policies Addressing Income Inequality – ABC News". ABC News. November 9, 2011. Archived from the original on July 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-23.5][ Seitz, Alex (October 31, 2011). "Occupy Wall Street's Success: Even Republicans Are Talking About Income Inequality". ThinkProgress. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-23.] As it had risen to the levels not seen since the Great Depression.[ Leonhardt, David; Fabrikant, Geraldine (March 22, 2012). "Income Inequality". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 21, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2012.] The focus on income inequality by the movement was studied by Arindajit Dube and Ethan Kaplan of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who noted that "inequality in the U.S. has risen dramatically over the past 40 years. So it is not too surprising to witness the rise of a social movement focused on redistribution...Greater inequality may reflect as well as

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