I actually went down to the park earlier this fall to check out the scene, before it got brutally cold and pre-pepper spray incident, and was pretty impressed by how well-coordinated and peaceful the movement was.
The set up down at Zuccotti Park was better organized than some political campaigns I've seen - there was a library, a daily schedule, sanitation and food stations (not to mention a pet food station which of course I donated to,) and a biking station where riders took turns peddling to charge batteries for computers, cell phones and other electronic devices.
The environment was not at all aggressive - people are clearly frustrated and eager to vocalize their frustration - but I saw no signs of violence or confrontation when I was down there.
Some of the more jovial protestors even chose to write a song about their plight!
I'll admit, I still question how effective the whole movement will be in changing the culture of Wall Street in America. I felt the same amount of skepticism toward the strikes and protests I witnessed in France last year (I am just as anti-Sarko as the next gal, and respect the French for fighting to keep their government support system intact, but I think raising the retirement age from 60 to 62 isn't that unreasonable.)
Regardless of the outcome, Occupy Wall Street has turned into a massive global movement that will surely make the history books.
As the snow starts to fall in New York City, I'll be thinking warm thoughts of support for the protestors sticking it out in Zuccotti Park. If you're interested in donating to the movement, please click here for more info.