By Krystian von Speidel
4:26 PM EST, December 7, 2011
occupation: special education professional
found at: Turning Point Park (Hartford)
Why did you decide to become involved with Occupy Hartford?
From the beginning I saw Occupy Hartford as being in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and as being a part of a greater movement that was capturing the hopes and aspirations of people globally, and calling attention to the inequity and economic and social injustices that exist. Those are very important to me so it was a no-brainer to get involved.
Would you count yourself among the 99 percent?
For the purposes of Occupy Hartford, I'm for certain among the 99 percent. At the same time I recognize that to live in the U.S. I am better off than most people who have ever lived on the globe. I consider myself very fortunate but I am clearly among those who have marginal incomes. I have to struggle for power and a voice. I'm always rooting for underdog causes.
Are you currently employed?
I'm not working as a special educator right now. I work as an artist's agent and I'm also an artist and a poet.
Editors' Note: On Tuesday morning, before presstime, protesters at Turning Point Park were given an eviction notice from Mayor Pedro Segarra. On its Facebook page, Occupy Hartford wrote, “EVICTION NOTICE CONFIRMED: Let's be peaceful in our actions. The police are the 99% as well.”
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