It has been over one year since the eviction of Occupy Wall Street’s flagship occupation at Zuccotti Park. However, a couple hundred demonstrators still maintain homeless encampments throughout New York City.
Despite my distrust of corporate America, I have never bought into the 99% vs 1% mentality. I ended up at the Occupy encampments because I was scheduled to fly from New York to Cambodia, and since I had a few days in the city before my flight, I decided to link up with an old college friend who has been part of the movement for over a year. What I discovered was a group of articulate, well-educated, middle-class radicals embracing a homeless lifestyle alongside the Big Apple’s truly destitute.