Stacey Hessler, Protesting Zuccotti Mom, Colorfully Described by Media


Stacey Hessler is a 38-year-old mother of four from Florida who was so inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement she moved to Zuccotti to join the protestors. Hessler made the trip almost two weeks ago and has been living in the park ever since. The New York Post reports she “ditched her banker husband and four kids,” but would the paper turn Hessler into some sort of caricature? Why, they would never do that to the “Flower-power flake,” as she is described in the headline that graces the top band of the Post‘s website when you open the story.

The most incredible part of all of this, according to people who find all of this incredible, is that her husband is a banker. The odds! Fox News, who picked up the Post‘s story, says that Hessler is “keeping herself warm at night with the help of a young waiter from Brooklyn.”

The following are a series of colorful terms and adjectives from the Post article used to describe Hessler, who will clearly inspire your wife to leave you and live in a park with a Brooklyn waiter:

  • “Hippie homemaker”
  • “Self-described ‘vegan freak'”
  • “Into dreadlocks, roller derby and ‘unschooling’ her kids”
  • “Acts like a self-obsessed college sophomore”
  • “Middle-aged flower child”
  • Boasted of “California-style beliefs.”

California-style beliefs, we assume, are beliefs about cucumber, crabmeat, and avocado.

The Post reports that Hessler describes herself on her Facebook page as a “radical unschooling mom of four, midwives assistant, roller-derby queen, rock-star musician, activist, dreadlock princess, African-bee keeper, organic vegan freak and a surrogate for the second time.”

“I’m not disgusted she took off [to protest] — because I’m not surprised,” a neighbor apparently “seethed” to the Post. “She’s very bizarre,” another unnamed neighbor added.

Should you have sympathy for Stacey Hessler, this roller-derby freak who “ditched” her kids to, as Fox News says, “become part of the raggedy mob in Zuccotti Park?”

Lauren Napoli, Hessler’s friend, told the Post that Hessler and her family are “one of the most amazing and beautiful and loving families that I’ve ever encountered.”

“She had been following this movement on her own through Facebook and YouTube and whatever, and she decided she wanted to come up to New York. And her family said, ‘Go, mom, go. This is what you want to do,'” Napoli said. “From what she said to me, she said, yeah, her family supports her.”

Hessler’s aforementioned Facebook page also features a post from her on her wall dated October 15th:

I have a plea for my friends. I need your help and support. I want to stay occupying wall st. I feel my presence is very important in the support of non-violent communication and sanitation(keeping the park clean) I am willing to work tirelessly on these efforts. I need help with getting my kids to activities and stepping up with the things I help lead, such as one small village, jr roller derby, …

Friends responded to her request and offered help and assistance. She appears to have a network of support and, according to Napoli, Hessler’s husband and kids are fully behind her.

And that Brooklyn waiter who is supposedly “keeping her warm” at night? “It’s not like that,” Napoli says, “everyone who’s there, we’re trying to support each other, and when it rains you need to be under a structure.”

Typical ditch-prone hippie flake.

Neighbors ‘not surprised’ ‘hippie’ left family to join Wall Street protesters [NYP]

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