Tags: hugs, Occupy Wall Street, reunions, Stacey Hessler, the empathy table
Back in October, we met Stacey Hessler, a woman made famous by the Post because she’d decided to leave her financial adviser husband and four kids in Florida and join Occupy Wall Street protesters camping out in Zuccotti Park. Although Hessler’s family was apparently not happy with her decision, at the time she declared, “I’m not planning on going home…I’m here indefinitely. Forever.” Forever turned out to be not as long as it sounds and Hessler, who it was reported made a special friend in “like-minded radicals, including Rami Shamir, 30, a waiter at a French bistro in Cobble Hill” returned to Florida at some point in the last several months (likely when OWS was ejected from the park). Fortunately, she made the trip up for today’s planned activities.
Stacey Hessler, 39, left her four children at home in Florida to take an 18-hour bus ride to today’s protest. “This is the focal point,” Hessler said in Bryant Park. “I want to be here to help make sure there are as many of us as possible so everyone else around the world can be inspired to stage protests.” She carried a sign saying “a woman’s place is in the revolution.”
No word on Rami’s participation but if Stacey can make it so should he.
Occupy Starts May Day Protests With Chants, Waltzes, Kayaks [Bloomberg]