The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement was a social movement that began in September 2011 with a protest in Zuccotti Park, in the financial district of New York City. The movement aimed to draw attention to economic inequality and the role of the financial industry in exacerbating the gap between the wealthy and the rest of society.

The OWS movement was characterized by its horizontal, leaderless structure, and its emphasis on direct democracy and consensus-based decision-making. The movement also embraced a range of progressive causes, including environmentalism, anti-racism, and anti-war activism.

The movement quickly spread to other cities across the United States and around the world, with similar protests and encampments taking place in major urban centers from San Francisco to London to Madrid. At its peak, the movement brought together thousands of people and garnered significant media attention.