Occupy Wall Street: Housing Stories From the Front Lines

By Stefanos Chen and Teke Wiggin

A few blocks away from the youth-led drum circles and costumed theatrics of Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street protests, some 15,000 activists, labor supporters and all-around rabble-rousers were preparing to march on the canyons of Lower Manhattan.

"They just called it," said Amanda Devecka-Rinear, an exuberant, redheaded member of National People's Action, a grassroots protest network. She gestured toward the heaving mass of union workers and like-minded allies who seemingly planned the gathering overnight.