NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Occupy Wall Street and its like-minded protests around the world are in their fifth week, following a quiet start in downtown Manhattan on Sept. 17.The protesters' camp site here in the Financial District has provided a kaleidoscopic blend of issues and humanity. Here is some of what TheStreet has observed.
Anna Marie Rockwell was at the protest offering free shoe shines. She then collected the rags she used with the signatures of her clients, as part of an art project.
|Shoeshining artist Anna Marie Rockwell|
A Wall Street trader talked to a pizzeria owner in the area who says he's selling an unusual number of pizzas at night, and they're bought with "one guy's credit card. Some guy out of Europe. Same card every night for hundreds of dollars of pizza."
One instructor of a university finance class recognized several of his students from that Wall Street-focused class over at the protest. Apparently these youths are rather privileged, with one having a fancy Manhattan address. They see no disconnect between going to business school and protesting against business, says the teacher.
"A couple of months after moving from London, I saw on TV a bus on fire at my old bus stop during protests that were really riots. Last week, I read about the rector at St. Paul's Cathedral, down the street from where I used to work, declining police protection and speaking with the Occupy protesters. At least gives me some hope for the nature of protest." -- Kamal Khan, RealMoney deputy managing editor