By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN
(CNN) – The movement may not have changed the world, but ‘Occupy’ started a conversation.
On the one year anniversary of the start of the protests, the original organizers say that's all they wanted to do.
Marisa Holmes took part in the early planning for the protest. She was among the 100 or so people who 'occupied' New York's Zuccotti Park by sleeping there that first night.
[3:34] "Most of us didn't think that the 17th would amount to anything. I certainly didn't think that it would amount to anything. I mean I had all these hopes and dreams that it would. But I thought surely the police were going to shut it down immediately."
Richard Machado has also been a part of 'Occupy' since day one.
[3:15] "We didn't know what was going to happen. You know, it just took off so quickly and spontaneously."
'Occupy Wall Street' mushroomed after that first night and inspired hundreds of similar encampments around the country. But the leaderless movement lacked a focused message. It was often criticized for not having a list of demands. Holmes says that was by design.
[3:06] "We just couldn't imagine what a one demand would be. I mean there are so many possible demands. How do we ever demand anything of Wall Street? What would they give is that we would want?"
'Occupiers,' as they call themselves, will mark the one year anniversary of their movement with protests and meetings around New York's Financial District and across the country. Holmes says they may not be as visible as they once were but she claims the movement is growing.
[7:57] "I think we're building the roots of a long term struggle. I mean I would be foolish to think that... fundamental structural change, that any kind of revolution, could happen in a matter of months in a park."
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