Occupy Wall Street Day 12, September 29, 2011

NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–September 29, 2011.  The protestors rolled out from under rain soaked tarps and blinked dazedly at the sky. One of the medics told us that he has never been more confused than waking up in the middle of a park to topless women telling him to get ready to march. People all look around at each other, smiling at the intensity of the bed head that comes from a combination of New York city humidity, sleeping on concrete, and taking less showers than could be considered hygienic.

While showers may lacking, determination is not. Some of the protestors have been here for over a week, watching the camp move from what one called a, “largely poorly organized, homogeneous and ineffectual” movement, to an organized movement for justice.

After the arrests on Saturday, people and supplies began pouring in. The medical station received so much attention that the team has spent a majority of their time organizing supplies, and plans to send the love on to the sixty six other occupations across the US.

We watched a woman’s eyes fill with tears of hope as she explained that this is the single greatest show of humanity she has ever seen. She has been working as a therapist for the group, helping individuals deal with the trauma of being arrested and maced. Her sentiments were echoed throughout the camp. “You just have to stay here one day to have your faith in humanity restored. ”

After twelve days of organizing, daily life consists of waking up and rolling up the bed rolls; drying anything that got wet, and reporting to the various working groups in the camp. Red crosses identify the medic team, grey ^’s identify the comfort station, and legal wears hats. There are over fifteen working groups, each addressing a different concern, and more continue to be formed. There is a march at nine am, with the opening of the stock markets. By the time the first march returns, most of the protestors are awake, and ready to eat. Breakfast, more work in working groups, discussions of ways to fix the economy, drum circles and sign painting all ensue.

Around lunch time, the population of New York seems to filter into the square. The number of food stalls that are now parked around the plaza elucidates the fact that the plaza has become a destination. Video cameras, photos and tape recorders have become so common that some protestors have likened lunch time existence to being in a zoo.

At the closing of the stock market, the protestors rally to march again. There is an understanding that marching may lead to arrest, so anyone who can not be arrested stays behind. The march returns to dinner and the General Assembly. Tonight’s Assembly was especially enormous because Michael Moore came to film a half hour piece on the movement, Russel Simmons marched with the protestors, and Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! team was in the fray as well.

Night falls and protestors head toward bed or home. Tonight close to three hundred people are sleeping in the park. It has gotten to the point that the medical team had to map out a path so they could get out of the station if crisis hit. Not everyone sleeps though. The livestream runs around the clock, the medical team always has someone on call, and while the kitchen is shut down non-official food pizza donations come in throughout the night.

Hope, determination and struggle run through the contenences of the protestors. They recognize that coming to a consensus on their list of demands is going to be a struggle, but one that they are all willing to fight for. In the meantime, art, culture and grassroots heartfelt discussions abound. The protestors vow to stand strong until all people can be treated with justice.


Reprinted with the express permission of Occupy Wall Street