(captions to come) Semesters done, good final grades- amazing semester. I’ll have to say more on that, but I’m going on a Road Trip down to Nashville in 4 hours, at 5am.
Until then, the last bit of my day shooting in Central Park, Nov. 19.
Part three of my series of Occupy Wall St Nov. 17 Global Day of Action:
After protesters broke free of the standoff with police over getting in or out of Zuccotti, the occupiers marched 2.4 mi to Union Sq for the student protest rally. The NYPD marched beside the protesters in the street kicking most on the sidewalk. At Union Sq a hundreds met in solidarity for students and educators. After The students took to the streets and completely stopped traffic. Look outs ran ahead to see what streets the police had barricaded to control the direction of the protesters.
(we waited for the crowd to move along, then got onto the subway to Foley Sq)
An estimated 30,000 people convened in Foley Sq. A sea of protesters each with different signs and reasons to participate in OWS’s Global Day of Action. A long police barricaded-off path was created for protesters marching to the Brooklyn Bridge. This time OWS community supporters helped with NYPD to keep protesters on the legal foot path bridge.
There unexpectedly, a slide of projections appeared on the Verizon Wireless building overlooking the Bridge. 99% flashed on the building, along with a mic check, in which the projection had the occupiers on the Brooklyn Bridge sing Happy Birthday to the two-month old Occupy Wall St movement.
Some protesters, tired with miles in their soles took the subway home, many- in true fashion- attended the General Assembly.
Nov. 15’s eviction was just a step in the evolution of this movement, as many sign read “you can’t evict an idea.”
Images from the early afternoon on Occupy Wall St’s Nov. 17 Global Day of Action. From Zuccotti Park to the fight to march down Wall St and back to the park where a cat and mouse game ensued with the NYPD barricades and the Occupiers. It was a game of strategies before the thousands of occupiers left Zuccotti and marched 2.4 miles to Union Sq.
Mo’ Life Transitions
David Slater, or better known to his friends as Mo, moved back into his tent in a legal homeless tent community in Ann Arbor in late November. Mo, originally from Montana, plans to weather out his first winter in “Camp Take Care.” The camp is a drug and alcohol free encampment allowed by the city of Ann Arbor to take up occupation next to I-94 and US-23.
Mo was kicked out of his home at 15 for using hard drugs. His uncle introduced him to meth at a young age. Mo hasn’t used meth in over 4 years. He is a daily pot smoker though, his name came from a shirt his uncle gave him which said “Mo’Bud”; a reference to the fact that Mo always had some pot on him. People would ask is he had ‘anymo’ bud?’. The name stuck.
Mo has also stayed at a similar tent city in Seattle. Although his life is constantly in transition, Mo always wears a smile on his face. “My goal is to make at least five people smile everyday,” said Mo the self-defined optimist. He is currently selling community newspapers in downtown Ann Arbor, selling plasma in Ypsilanti and looking into buying an RV trailer with a friend.
Ruth Scherer: a female jockey’s race out of the gates
“It’s tough to be a girl in this sport- you just got to work extra hard,” said Ruth Scherer a female jockey at Mount Pleasant Meadows race track, Mount Pleasant, MI.
Ruth has wanted to be a jockey since she was 15-years-old, when she was put on her first race horse. For years, Ruth competed in show horse competitions and won many world medals, but she felt like she needed something more challenging. So Ruth made the transition into a different type of horse-related sport, horse racing.
Ruth is currently in her jockey apprenticeship stage, which means she must complete 40 wins before earning her jockey license. Since she has just begun it is hard to get mounts on the best horses, she must earn the owners trust. However, it is hard getting mounts just being a woman jockey- even though this is one of the only sports where men and women can compete evenly.
In training to become a jockey Ruth has sustained many injuries including, pulled tendons in her arm and leg, a broken foot that was shattered in 5 different places and a torn ligemate. “Everyone thinks it’s such a glamorous sport,” said Ruth who was covered in mud from nose down after one particularly muddy race.
The competition standards at Mount Pleasant Meadows, where she is currently spending the summer/fall season, are not as strict as other tracks. Ruth will be traveling to race at either a track in Miami or West Virginia for the winter season where she will have to begin intense work out regiments and dieting to meet weight.
Six days a week Ruth arrives at the track before sunrise to exercise and train the horses for various owners. On average she rides over 15 horses a day. “I used to ride up to 30 before Tommy got here.”
Ruth’s boyfriend of 8 years, Tommy, is also a jockey and rides multiple horses each morning. They begin their morning around 7am and end around 11am or later. “I used to end at 5pm, shower, go straight to bed and then wake up at 4am.”
Ruth has loved horses since she was young and knew she always wanted to be involved in some sort of horse sport. Now that she is finally out of the starting gate, it doesn’t seem like she’ll be slowing down anytime soon.
Update: a couple weeks after this, Ruth injured her knee in a morning training session and has since has surgery. She is now taking some time to heal before she rides again.