Meet the Occupy Wall Street protesters

It's been 19 days since protesters took over a park in downtown Manhattan. Now, their message is solidifying and demonstrations are cropping up in other cities.

David Stevenson, 58
David Stevenson, 58
From: Bethel, Conn.
Occupation: Real estate sales
Yearly income: $50,000

Stevenson identifies himself as an "Eisenhower Republican," saying the GOP was more moderate and the tax rates more progressive in the 1950s.

He said economic inequality is one of the main issues that drew him to the Wall Street protest.

"The middle class in America is disappearing," he said.

His past protest experience includes participation in a march for women in Washington, D.C., in 2004.

By Steve Hargreaves and Julianne Pepitone - Last updated October 05 2011: 6:09 PM ET
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