Occupy Wall Street reaches 1-month birthday

By VERENA DOBNIK | October 19, 2011 | 10:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Occupy Wall Street is one-month-old after a weekend of rallies and arrests around the world protesting corporate greed and excess.

Monday marks the one-month mark for a movement that started in a small Manhattan park in the shadow of the World Trade Center and a short walk to Wall Street. Across the country in cities large and small, it continues to grow, with crowds numbering in the dozens, the hundreds and the thousands.

So far, $300,000 has been donated to the movement. It is being stored in a bank.

Many of the largest of the weekend's protests were in Europe. Activists around the country said the protests energized their movement. President Barack Obama referred to the protests at Sunday's dedication of a monument for Martin Luther King Jr.