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Flores moved to Bushwick from Oklahoma about a year ago. He interns for a fashion designer and has been coming to Zuccotti for over a month. He doesn’t usually sleep in the park, but once, he told us, “I didn’t want to go home and I just stayed.” They didn’t have enough blankets for him that evening, but Flores said, “Somehow when I was laying on the ground somebody had put a blanket over me during the night.”
Flores had expressed surprise at how “very patient and very respectful,” demonstrators have been. “This is a mirror of the new society we want to create,” he said. “Awareness is the first step and people in government are noticing.”
He added: “Occupy Wall Street has nothing to do with judging people. It has nothing to do with hippies and crazies. It’s not about pride. It’s about right and wrong.”
Freelancer former Marine
“I’ve been waiting for something like this to happen for a very long time,” said Mediadilla. “When I came here on the first day, the 17th, I saw so many people here. It was crowded, I was here to stay.” Mediadilla, who served seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps, moved into the park “officially,” around October 24.
Many ask what the demands of the movement are. Mediadilla said, “We don’t have one demand. The goal is to wake people up as much as possible to see that things are upside down. This is America trying to give a sense of community back to the people.” They want corporate interests out of government he said, “because it’s currently being run like a corporation, for profit.”