Occupy Wall Street demonstrators have spread their message and fervor countrywide. In 900 cities in the United States, bridges and sidewalks are shutting down. The message is clearly powerful. Hit the jump for details.

In New York, the protest is called “Occupy Wall Street” – but around the nation, where the movement is picking up steam, it’s being called “Occupy Together.”
This week, CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller reported on “The Early Show on Saturday Morning,” demonstrations were held in more than a dozen cities, from Los Angeles to Richmond, Va., to downtown Minneapolis, Minn.

In Minneapolis, one demonstrator told CBS News, “We’re here because we want the big dudes to start paying.”

More demonstrations are scheduled this weekend in cities like Indianapolis, Ind.

The website OccupyTogether.org, the unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St., claims there are online supporters in more than 900 cities.
This week, unions joined the protest, marching through New York’s Financial District during rush hour Wednesday.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, told CBS News, “They are basically sending us a message that says, ‘Don’t create a society where one percent basically has all the wealth.'”

Approximately 5,000 people marched on Foley Square in New York Wednesday. By late evening, police and protesters clashed, and 23 people were arrested.