Postcards from OCCUPY DC

They are called Occupiers. But the name hardly captures the unique personal stories of the denizens of McPherson Square.

Timothy McFallon, 21

On leave from his job as an EMT in New York City, originally from Boston.

There are some people who don’t necessarily want to be out here because of the cold… but as soon as it warms up we might have a reinvigoration of people.

~Timothy

Panorama location: Medic tent

Length of stay at Occupy D.C.: Arrived on Nov. 5

Mike Golash, 68

Retired bus driver and union officer from Washington, D.C.

We will look for new places to occupy if we are restricted in this or that geographic location.

~Mike

Panorama location: Library tent. Golash is on the left wearing the brown jacket.

Length of stay at Occupy D.C.: Volunteers at library from morning until evening each day since October.

“Turtle,” 21, and Jacques, 25

Turtle is from Alabama and is a former restaurant worker. Jacques is from Arizona and a former theater stage designer.

My dream honestly would be just to completely destroy the industrial world.

~"Turtle"

My hope with Occupy is to create a conscious movement of people who are dropping out of society and refusing to participate in commerce.

~Jacques

Panorama location: Art tent

Length of stay at Occupy D.C.: 1 1/2 months

Anthony Sluder, “late 40s”

Metro bus driver, union stagehand from Washington, D.C.

We will stay as long as they’ll let us. There’s no reason to move.

~Anthony

Panorama location: Information tent

Length of stay at Occupy D.C.: Camping in square since Oct. 10

David Lorig, 50

Unpaid volunteer on a yoga ashram in California for most of the past 20 years.

There is a way that people can stand against injustice and do it outside the normal political process.

~David

Panorama location: The tent was formerly used to meet with media. On this night, it will serve as Lorig’s sleeping quarters.

Length of stay at Occupy D.C.: A few nights

Will

From Washington, D.C.

I ain’t going nowhere…until they stop all the bloodshed and war.

~Will

Panorama location: Southwest corner of McPherson Square

Yoel Perez, 49

Moved from Puerto Rico to New York City four years ago before moving to D.C. in June 2011, currently unemployed

The government is not something that should be for sale, and they all are for sale.

~Yoel

Panorama location: Perez, right, stirs a bowl of pasta in the kitchen tent.

Length of stay at Occupy D.C.: 1 1/2 months

Soren Powell, 33

From Maryland suburbs outside Washington, D.C., and works as a service technician and manager at a water treatment company.

It’s really about the people taking control of the country back from the corporations.

~Soren

Panorama location: Powell, left of center and wearing dreadlocks, plays chess near the information tent.

Length of stay at Occupy D.C.: Six weeks, but doesn’t sleep in McPherson Square every night

Caiti, 19

Is a “world citizen” and calls “Occupier” as her job.

We are a nonviolent, transformative, informative, social movement.

~Caiti

Panorama location: Caiti, wearing yellow police tape around her head, sits with friends in the center of McPherson Square.

Length of stay at Occupy D.C.: Living at Freedom Plaza for two months

NOTE: The panoramic composites were made over six weeks starting in late November.
Panoramic composites and interviews: Ben de la Cruz; Design and development: Grace Koerber; Production assistance: Alexandra Garcia; Additional development: Kat Downs

Postcards from OCCUPY DC

They are called Occupiers. But the name hardly captures the unique personal stories of the denizens of McPherson Square.

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Timothy McFallon, 21

On leave from his job as an EMT in New York City, originally from Boston.

There are some people who don’t necessarily want to be out here because of the cold… but as soon as it warms up we might have a reinvigoration of people.

~Timothy

Panorama location: Medic tent

Length of stay at Occupy D.C.: Arrived on Nov. 5

Mike Golash, 68

Retired bus driver and union officer from Washington, D.C.

We will look for new places to occupy if we are restricted in this or that geographic location.

~Mike

Panorama location: Library tent. Golash is on the left wearing the brown jacket.

Length of stay at Occupy D.C.: Volunteers at library from morning until evening each day since October.

“Turtle,” 21, and Jacques, 25

Turtle is from Alabama and is a former restaurant worker. Jacques is from Arizona and a former theater stage designer.

My dream honestly would be just to completely destroy the industrial world.

~"Turtle"

My hope with Occupy is to create a conscious movement of people who are dropping out of society and refusing to participate in commerce.

~Jacques

Panorama location: Art tent

Length of stay at Occupy D.C.: 1 1/2 months

Anthony Sluder, late 40s

Metro bus driver, union stagehand from Washington, D.C.

We will stay as long as they’ll let us. There’s no reason to move.

~Anthony

Panorama location: Information tent

Length of stay at Occupy D.C.: Camping in square since Oct. 10

David Lorig, 50

Unpaid volunteer on a yoga ashram in California for most of the past 20 years.

There is a way that people can stand against injustice and do it outside the normal political process.

~David

Panorama location: The tent was formerly used to meet with media. On this night, it will serve as Lorig’s sleeping quarters.

Length of stay at Occupy D.C.: A few nights

Will

From Washington, D.C.

I ain’t going nowhere…until they stop all the bloodshed and war.

~Will

Panorama location: Southwest corner of McPherson Square

Yoel Perez, 49

Moved from Puerto Rico to New York City four years ago before moving to D.C. in June 2011, currently unemployed

The government is not something that should be for sale, and they all are for sale.

~Yoel

Panorama location: Perez, right, stirs a bowl of pasta in the kitchen tent.

Length of stay at Occupy D.C.: 1 1/2 months

Soren Powell, 33

From Maryland suburbs outside Washington, D.C., and works as a service technician and manager at a water treatment company.

It’s really about the people taking control of the country back from the corporations.

~Soren

Panorama location: Powell, left of center and wearing dreadlocks, plays chess near the information tent.

Length of stay at Occupy D.C.: Six weeks, but doesn’t sleep in McPherson Square every night

Caiti, 19

Is a “world citizen” and calls “Occupier” as her job.

We are a nonviolent, transformative, informative, social movement.

~Caiti

Panorama location: Caiti, wearing yellow police tape around her head, sits with friends in the center of McPherson Square.

Length of stay at Occupy D.C.: Living at Freedom Plaza for two months

NOTE: The panoramic composites were made over six weeks starting in late November.
Panoramic composites and interviews: Ben de la Cruz; Design and development: Grace Koerber; Production assistance: Alexandra Garcia; Additional development: Kat Downs

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A look at life for the Occupy D.C. protesters living in McPherson Square.