Stacey Hessler, Protesting Zuccotti Mom, Colorfully Described by Media

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via the "Support Stacey Hessler" Facebook Page
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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Rudi Stettner
Rudi Stettner

No Agenda, no program. If they had a slogan it would be "I don't know what I want, but I want it now.!

Obamalover
Obamalover

wonder if she does anal on the first tent out?

Guest
Guest

I'll bet the sex is great, i mean since we're all in the sharing mood.

Alice H.
Alice H.

Exactly who is unschooling her kids while the father works & the mother is playing in New York? Are they getting any education for real?

Jean Teeter
Jean Teeter

Idiots are allowed to "unschool" their kids?! Good luck to those kids. What is it about Deland, Florida, is there something in the water? Stacy, drop the pot, leave the lover, go home & smarten up. You are no hero & it is insulting to our troops for you to compare yourself to them.You could be the poster girl for the fact that long term pot use causes brain damage. Get your face off T.V., get your ass home to your kids where you belong.

Jean Teeter
Jean Teeter

try walking by her florida house when the family "parties." You can get high on the pot smell coming from there. "Unschooling?" Her 7 year old is way behind. Go home, Stacey. Put your kids in school, & straighten your act out.

Iguana Keeper
Iguana Keeper

Good Job Stacy, you are a hero!

"A man  [The Person] who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. "John Stuart Mill

billyjoe
billyjoe

Note that this story appeared right at the same time Rupert Murdoch's company, News Corp, agreed to pay 2 million pounds ($3.2 million) to the family of a murdered schoolgirl whose phone was hacked by the tabloid News of the World.

tuffy
tuffy

Good for you Stacey Hessler!Hard to believe that this wife and mother, all the way from Fl. got involved with the OWS cause.  What a gal!Strategy Works!

Ilikeliberty
Ilikeliberty

She dumped her kids off on friends and family so she can be a dirty hippie??  Where do these entitled bitches come from??

john philpot
john philpot

So, did I just not see the part where they quoted an acctual familly member?  Cause All I saw was one of her adult freinds making the claim that she has her famillies support.  Why did no one atempt to get an answer from one of the children directly?

Or did you and not get the answer that would have supported this story

Bob
Bob

Dumb ass hippie. "I want to sit around and do nothing, can someone take my kids to soccer practice?"

Pug
Pug

I guess I don't have tell anyone The New York Post is a rag.

This woman is a lot more ethical than Rupert Murdoch and his disgusting, lying whelp.

leanne h
leanne h

Wait a second, I'm confused.  The republicans have been telling their drones that these occupations have been anti-Semitic.  I guess this lady hasn't heard yet.

Ian_Smith
Ian_Smith

typical irresponsible libtard

Jennifer
Jennifer

Thank You for writing the truth! I know her and feel compelled to try to show some people that might be open to seeing that these media outlets are creating fiction stories about real people to promote their political beliefs with no regards for who they really are or how it could affect their family. She is a very dedicated mother and valuable member to her community.

Bigbankhank
Bigbankhank

Come on, the school system in Deland Florida is just as good as Greenwich Connecticut isn't it???She's a confused person who's priorities are seriously askew. if her chubby hubby wasn't pulling down some big bank she wouldn't be able to run off in search of equality. Just keep paying your taxes an move on.

Chalcedonygal
Chalcedonygal

If you dont like DeLand then leave. I know the family and they are an awesome bunch.

Chalcedonygal
Chalcedonygal

Just because you are some uptight individual that does not agree with they way someone lives does not give you the right to write such deflamatory comments. If you do not living next to them then sell the house and move somewhere else. This is Amwerica lady (loosely used here) get over it. I know the kids as well my daughter is friends with her 7 year old that to you is way behind. Bullarkey they are great kids and have more smarts than you I am sure. At least they are taught respect and do not tell lies about people like you.  

Jack
Jack

"Life is hard. It's harder when you're stupid."

John Wayne

Jack
Jack

Absolutely! As long as you have a working husband willing to pay your way so you can screw a waiter in a park! Yay strategy!

Jack
Jack

No one takes the poorly educated fool seriously. You should try to put that moral outrage into a correctly spelled coherent sentence. "She has put herself before her children." See? Easy!

marinmaven
marinmaven

Bob, it is you on the computer offering your feelings instead of facts that is sitting around doing nothing while your fellow citizens are trying to save their country. What they are doing is courageous -- standing up to those who have power and facing the onslaught of backlash from a media owned by only 6 owners. These occupiers have cleaning crews, feed people, lend books, and are giving people who do not have a voice -- a platform. It is you sir who appear not to care that this economy, this country is in serious unsustainable imbalance. There may be hippies there, but there are also Marines there, construction workers, mothers, grandmothers, teachers, and people from all walks of life who understand what is at stake. You sir are welcome too, because you are being effected too by this system we all live under. You are our fellow citizen and we want you to feel empowered. The sense of resentment you have towards people braving the elements to create change, means you are unhappy and you do not know how to direct your anger. You are the 99% no matter how much you hate being part of it. You will most likely never ever be allowed in the 1% no matter how much you work, or vote to protect them. This movement is to remind the one percent if they are Americans, they need to act like Americans and roll up their sleeves and help the country that made them spectacularly rich.

Jack
Jack

Well, I'm sure her children will turn out better with her absenteeism.

Jack
Jack

Not true. They'll take any moron, Jewish or not. Never you mind the armed white supremacists that are guarding them.

jmsbois
jmsbois

Libtard? You sound like a typical clueless foxtard harumpher. "...them thahr hippies is durty...gak gak gak".

Jteeter
Jteeter

Why don't you leave? You do not deny the pot use, I see. And it is the truth. I often see those kids running wild. Who's providing their education & care while mother plays in New York? And by your writing, your education is obviously lacking.

Jack
Jack

They are doing nothing to try and save their country. Nothing. They've made no gains, had no demands met. They are, to a person, clowns.

Jack
Jack

Whereas you, on the other hand, are the picture of eloquence.

Guest
Guest

Bunch of what? useless under achievers? I bet your mom didn't run off with a waiter.

Jmsboisclair
Jmsboisclair

Yes. I thank you for recognizing that fact.

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