CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – The Occupy Wall Street protest is spreading into Tennessee and Georgia.

Groups identifying themselves as "Occupy Chattanooga" and "OccupyNorth Georgia" are planning events later this week.

In the first phase of an Occupy movement, an organizational meeting – known as a General Assembly – is called to establish the goals of the protest.

After the General Assembly, the group will begin various forms of protests, including marches, rallies and sit-ins in a public arena.

Locally, General Assemblies have been planned for Friday inChattanooga, and Saturday inDalton. Protests are already being scheduled in Knoxville, Nashvilleand Atlanta.

OccupyTogether.com, clearinghouse of information for protests across the nation, lists events in237 cities around the country.

The local protests stem from the larger Occupy Wall Streetprotest.

The New York protest began September 17 with a handful of protesters camping in a park in the financial district and has expanded into hundreds protesters backed by local unions and celebrities.

The Occupy Wall Street has established a list of goals focused mostly on what they call corporate influence over politics. Those goals include: Tax the rich and corporations; End the wars, bring the troops home,cut military spending; Protect the social safety net, strengthen SocialSecurity, improve Medicare for all; End corporate welfare for oil companies and other big business interests; Transition to a clean energy economy, reverse environmental degradation; Protect worker rights including collective bargaining, create jobs, raise wages; Get money out of politics.

Protesters in New York say they are willing to remain encamped on Wall Street until their goals are reached.

Hundreds have already been arrested in the protests, including more than 700 arrested as protesters attempted to march across the Brooklyn Bridge.