An Occupier Leaves Wall Street

Joe Vaupotic, 22, sits on the ground with his legs crossed and a guitar in his lap in Zuccotti Park.  Next to him is his guitar case with a sign inside that states: “Been here since day one, need $ $ $ to go home.  Much love!”

Vaupotic, who is originally from New Jersey, has been at the park since the Occupy Wall Street movement began on September 13.  The 99 percent continues to gain strength, sparking other Occupy Wall Street movements in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston.  Yet for protestors like Vaupotic, the occupation has gone on for too long.

At first, Vaupotic was enamored by the cause against corporate greed that brought thousands of protestors to the park.  After a month spent camping out and playing his guitar, Vaupotic now realizes that it might be time to get back to his own reality.  He plans to get a job and move to Rochester. NY.

Why Vaupotic joined Occupy Wall Street by Jeanie Ba
Vaupotic says that it was his uncertainty about life and his frustration with the American system that lead him to Occupy Wall Street.

Vaupotic explains how he got into music by Jeanie Ba
Vaupotic sits on the ground with his legs crossed and his guitar resting on his knee. He says he taught himself how to play when he was in college.

Why Vaupotic is leaving Occupy Wall Street by Jeanie Ba
Vaupotic has been at Zuccotti Park since the movement began on September 17. Now, however, he believes it’s time for him to move on.

Vaupotic plays the guitar by Jeanie Ba
Ambi: Vaupotic plays his guitar in Zuccotti Park.

by Oulimata Ba