Tuesday, October 25, 2011
As far as I am concerned, a revolution could not have started in a more convenient spot that this. Liberty Plaza is where I transfer from my train from New Jersey to my bus to Brooklyn. I go there almost every other day, for about 15 minutes to half an hour. On the weekends, I take my daughter to watch the drummers, before hitting a posh play ground around the Battery Park condos (or highly selective rentals, as the residents would like to call them). On Wednesdays, I interview people for an oral history project. Last night I came out of the Path train with a woman who was carrying aluminum trays which obviously contained hot food. I asked her if she was heading to the protest as well, and she said yes. As I helped her carrying the food through the crowd of tourists and downtown workers coming out of their offices, she told me she was a priest, and she had cooked something vegan for them. When we arrived at the kitchen of the protest, we exchanged contact information and good wishes, trying to quickly get out of the way, for the line of the hungry had grown long. Later I met a student from the Columbia University who was finishing her anthropology degree and looking for a job. She told me she spent most of the day at home or at school, but at night she came over to help with the information desk, and sometimes she slept at the park, although she did have an apartment at Washington Heights. This is a great place to encounter people, she said, but even a better place to see a seriously mixed crowd is the bathroom line at the Mac Donald's across the street. On Sunday, I chatted with a mother from Los Angeles who was in the city for a short period, and decided to sleep at the park in support of the protest. She did not know for how long, because she had no gear. As we spoke, another protester, a college student form New Jersey informed her that at 6 pm there will be a free sleeping bag handout. This morning when I saw her again, she told me she decided to stay until Thursday. So, who is to occupy Wall Street? Looks like everyone..
Posted by Murat Cem Menguc at 2:31 PM