Joseph the unemployed father of two looks forward to finding an honest job. Priscilla the librarian’s assistant hands out raincoats in the rain and wants to stay as long as it takes. John the banker wants to bring about an era of ethical practice in Washington. Greg works Zuccotti Park’s food station, and thinks that those in search of the Occupy movement’s specific demands might be missing the point.
As politicians and pundits continue to agonize over what Occupy Wall Street really wants, those at Zuccotti Park are busy actually working toward their visions of what victory for the movement would look like. From reforms limiting corporate influence in politics to the simple success of having created the less hierarchical space itself, the radical imagination of the occupiers has been the driving force behind the movement’s growth.
—Jin Zhao and Teresa Cotsirilos