Photo Essay | A Day in the Life of a Protester

Thursday, October 13, 2011

As the Occupy Wall Street protest nears the one month mark, people who have been participating since Day 1 say they're not tired of protesting or living at Zuccotti Park, but admit it does cause some personal wear and tear.

Take 25-year-old Edward T. Hall, otherwise known as Ted, was recently released from jail after being arrested at one of the marches. The Bard College alum is in need of a shower.

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Hall (right) consults with Brian Smith (left), who is in charge of the 'comfort' area in Zuccotti Park for the day. He has a list of volunteers who've signed up to allow protesters to come into their homes and use their showers.

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Smith says it's a big responsibility to send people into private homes, so he quickly screens protesters at the comfort station before sharing addresses.

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Hall is ready with his towel and a change of clothes and is waiting for shower information.

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While Hall waits on his shower, he stops by the medical area to get a check-up from an EMT volunteer. He said he got pretty banged up when he was arrested last week when he sat down in the middle of a skirmish between protesters and cops.

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He is checked out by Tina Ruth, an EMT from Vermont who came down to volunteer at the protest.

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OWS volunteer and Lower Manhattan resident Ted Shulman offers Hall the use of his shower. They walk to his apartment a few blocks away.

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The promised land - finally, a shower.

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One of the by products of urban camping - a tangled head of hair.

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After a 40 minute shower, Hall emerges. While he believes in what he's doing, he's stays for awhile and chills out on the couch.


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Comments [6]


If these protestors put the same effort into getting a job or retraining, they would be employeed. How many of them are spending 24 hours a day for 30 days looking for work?

Oct. 18 2011 08:01 AM

Haha, people are still trying to class-bait these protestors. Did you ever think the reason "they have time to protest" is because they can't find jobs? Duh. Maybe calling people "lazy hippies" works against anti-war demonstrators but when unemployed people are protesting the lack of jobs attacking them for being unemployed is beyond moronic.

Oct. 17 2011 10:00 PM
Concerned in the Midwest from Illinois

I've been watching the livestream/globalrevolution stream on and off since September. These young people are determined, passionate and very well educated on the subject of their protest. A lot of them come from homes with 2 working parents who helped them through college and also co-signed for loans at good colleges - because these kids are BRIGHT and should be encouraged. It's what they sold us about how to achieve the American Dream. They graduate and can't get a job in their field to pay back their loans - and now it's on their parents who might lose their only real bit of the American Dream - their home - over it, if they can't repay their student homes. So....we all created this mess, we need to bail them out. Bail us out. Good luck to them. They should get all our support and love. BTW - I have a job and have worked all my life, and am comfortable. But I also can look around and see the suffering caused by the unchecked greed of the ones with the power. It's all about balance, and there isn't any at the moment. Time to tip it back to We the People.

Oct. 13 2011 10:25 AM
Jacob from Brooklyn


How pure must one be in order to protest the corporate control over contemporary social life? Why this obsession with the lifestyles of the protesters? If you are a normal person in America and want to most any ordinary thing you will end up interacting with a multinational corporation. Until citizens organize to challenge their power, this state of affairs will not change.
Of course, if this guy was some pure Thoreauvian he would be criticized as a freak too outside of the mainstream to relate to ordinary Americans.

Unfortunately, WNYC picked a guy who visually fits the hippie stereotype pretty well. I saw a lot of normal looking kids when I was at OWS, but I guess this guy with the neon pants made for a better photo essay. I saw a lot " working class" folks down there glad that those who have the ability to protest are.

Oct. 13 2011 09:50 AM
Rob B. from New Jersey

It's nice to see how organized that group has become. Protesting for this amount of time is quite the challenge, I'm glad they have talented people working out the logistics.

Oct. 13 2011 09:14 AM
UrbnRedHed from Brooklyn

I love that he has a "post-shower cigarette." Unless he picked his own tobacco, who does he think he's supporting by buying those packs?

Bard?! How much is that a year? I hope he got a scholarship--but not from a corporation or from the evil Federal government. Or did his parents pay his way to a higher education? Must be nice.

The actual working class--who can't afford a day off--don't have time to sleep in a park and protest. They don't have the comfortable middle-class life provided by capitalism to do so quite yet.

Oct. 13 2011 08:44 AM

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