With four children and a banker husband back home in Florida, Stacey Hessler is spending her days occupying. Lately, she's been cleaning Zuccotti Park, meditating, and giving hugs at the "empathy" table. "I have no idea what the future holds," she said, "but I'm here indefinitely. Forever." In the life she left behind, her kids range in age from 7 to 17, and her husband, formerly a financial adviser at Bank of America, works for a local bank. He is not pleased about this newfound radicalism: "He says he’s working for ‘the Man,' and I’m fighting against him," Hessler said. But she's a soldier:
"Military people leave their families all the time, so why should I feel bad?" a defiant Hessler said. "I’m fighting for a better world."
Her mother called her "selfish." With her dreadlocks and disregard for traditional family values, the New York Post thinks she's perfect.