Occupy Wall Street is shrouded in uncertainty. Did the NYPD lull the protestors into mass arrest on the Brooklyn Bridge, or did a small gang of OWS participants take a risk without considering its impact on the other participants? Is OWS moving towards a multiclass movement, or did its initial base of young college grads render its multiclass vision impossible? Is it Tahir Square or the left’s Tea Party? Polarized sides of the debate, from OWS’s official news source occupywallstreet.org to dismissive mainstream sources, have drawn lines in the sand on these and so many other questions related to the movement. All the paper is certain about, however, is that these questions do not have hard-and-firm answers.
To move closer toward some critical truth, paper contributor and Fordham student Rachel Dougherty has been investigating Occupy Wall Street since September 17. To cleverly engage her questions about the event and its participants, Rachel explains in an essay published in this week’s issue of the paper:
“I walked around Zuccotti Park (henceforth referred to as Liberty Plaza) and gave each person a note card and a single instruction: write the words ‘I want’ followed by one thing that brought you to the occupation. Once people finished their note cards, I photographed them, and we chatted about what sort of society they envisioned.”
This photoessay is the result of her work. Visually gripping and provocative, it contains around 100 completed notecards.View them individually and check out interviews and audio recordings from Zuccotti Park after the jump