OccupyDC: As I See It — We Are Family

You can’t make this cast of characters up.  If you tried, no one would believe you.

There’s Mo.  A Palestinian that has been in America for five years.  He looks like Klinger from M*A*S*H.  Mo’s favorite color?  Neon.  Anything neon.  The brighter, the better.

There’s Chloe.  Each day about 4 o’clock, she takes an imaginary phone into her tent and talks to — wait for it — Bob Villa.

There’s Leon.  A homeless guy that sits on one of the park benches each day and greets everyone — protestors and people going to work — with a loud “GOOD MORNING!” that can be heard to the Capital.

And we’ve got Elijah, aka “Nature Boy”.  A head full of silvery white dreadlocks and a ragged pair of shorts is all he wears — all day, everyday, in all kinds of weather.

We can’t forget “Gecko”.  An activist from way back.  Gecko is either planing the next ‘action’ or talking about the one just finished.

And the list goes on.  Here’s a brief slide show of some of the characters that make up the community of OccupyDC.  Enjoy.


Jerry Nelson is a nationally recognized photojournalist and adventure photographer. His work has appeared in many national, regional and local publications including CNN, USAToday, Upsurge, Earthwalkers and Associated Content and he is a regular contributor to Huffington Post as well as OpEdNews. Nelson travels the country seeking out the people, places and things that make America unique and great. Nelson currently is in Washington D.C. pointing his camera at OccupyDC and freelancing for The Washington Times the second largest paper in the nation’s capital.
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