On September 17, 2011, near 1 World Trade Center, a group of protesters came to Zuccotti Park to object to the fact that 1% of people in America control the income of another 40%. Since then, many people have come for different reasons. One man at a Press-Media stand said, “I’m here because I share the rage of so many of us that are here with regards to the corporate greed that has been manifested for the last 15-20 years.” The man said, “Something’s awry. Something is askew, and it needs to change.”
A lady at the “Knit for the 99%” stand said, “As long as people are staying, we will be coming on Sundays.” She has been making squares that are to be knitted together into blankets for the occupiers. She also allows people to come up to the stand and knit more squares. She said there are probably around sixty squares.
There are many health concerns because of the clusters of people sleeping there.
A doctor who was present in the park said, “People have a lot of concerns about getting the flu vaccine, so just trying to address those concerns and encourage people to think about how important it is to stay healthy…” It was his first day there, so he hadn’t given any of the vaccines he had brought yet.
An actual occupier said that he had been there for about five weeks. He also said, “It’s changed a lot since my first day I came here, and its gotten defiantly more chaotic in the park… I mean you get down some times, it’s getting colder, it’s crowded and that kind of stuff. But you gotta smile and realize that the whole thing could just fall apart… Yeah, I’ve been here for about five weeks. The first night I came here, the park was still quite busy with people.” He seemed to enjoy living there, was well dressed and said he thought he was secure.
To most people, the obvious answer to the problem would be for the protestors to get jobs, but that’s not as easy as it sounds. With the current economy, many people are finding that it is very hard to get one. Secondly, most of the people involved in the protests do have jobs. Most of the actual tents are really organized and neat. However, some of the other ones are messy and dirty. One occupier said that he felt safe and secure.
A couple weeks ago, the NYPD said that no one could sleep or have anything set up in Zuccotti Park. Now without shelter, one can only wonder how long Occupy Wall Street will stay together.