Friday, October 21, 2011

Occupy Wall Street's a diverse bunch

Photo by a c o r n/Flickr

I hung around Zuccotti Park again on Thursday afternoon trying to get a handle on the direction  of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

I met so many people, there for so many different reasons.

Tracy Postert is a 40-something bio-chemist with a PhD from New York City. A former high school teacher and university professor who is well published in peer review journals. Tracy is unemployed. She was busy handing out resumes, hoping that someone might know someone who might be able to give her a job.

Postert is willing to relocate anywhere for that job, by the way. You can reach her at

I also met a man who is an unemployed banker. He says he was let go because the bank he worked for made cutbacks. Occupy Wall Street is a place where he feels he can vent his frustrations and get a sympathetic ear.

Among the others hoping to get sympathetic ears for their causes was Carl Dix, from the Revolutionary Communist Party. His group is marching on the New York State office building in Harlem Friday and he was busy imploring some of the occupyers to join him.

Dix wasn't the only representative of  an organized group attracted to the concentration of frustrated Americans in lower Manhattan. Anti-capital punishment organizations, pro-green energy groups and the Black Panthers were there too.

I also met a very articulate, interesting and engaging couple protesting the Federal Reserve, which they blame, at least in part, for the nation's current economic situation. Their low-key argument is that the Fed's policy of just printing new money whenever the government or the banks need it is counter-productive. The Fed, they say, should be eliminated.

It wasn't until we were parting company and exchanging email addresses that I learned that these two Brooklynites just recently left New York City's shelter program for the homeless.

Finally I chatted for some time with Anthony Adams, a recent college graduate from San Fransisco with two Masters degrees, one in city regional planning, the other in transportation engineering. He is - you guessed it - unemployed.

1 comment:

todd said...

My question to a reporter that covers OWS is: are the protesters informed and educated on the subject of what the banking industry did? Is this a case of OWS feels that something is wrong and the banks and Wall Street are easy target for their frustration or do the have specific reasons to defend occupying anything.
You meet nice, well intentioned people, but are they intelligent and well informed?
Just because someone “feels” something is wrong doesn’t make it so. There need to be defined reasons even if the there are no defined “demands” for OWS.
Please, as a reporter, find out if any of those folks has a clue, if it’s correct and report on the facts of what the banks and Wall Street did. What laws were broken, and when.
You know greed is what drives our country, but greedy does not mean criminal. There are many lazy criminals out there. Greed (ambition to succeed) should be encouraged to help drive our economy, and the government should be there protect us when the some greedy people are trying to cheat us. The government should also be there be sure the lazy selfish people don’t try to get something for nothing, not promoting it.