Local Occupy Wall Street leaders visit Lynn

“The organizers are young people,” said Robert Watson. “Our students can relate to this movement and may find this to be their version of Civil Rights marches.”

Published Oct. 31, 2011

Robert Watson

Four leaders (Ryan Isabel, Lisa Epsteen, Michael Redman and Roberto Hernandez) of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement will be visiting American Studies professor, Robert Watson’s class on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m., in the de Hoernle Lecture Hall in the Green Center on Lynn University’s campus.

“These local organizers are young people,” said Watson. “Our students might relate and find this to be their version of the Civil Rights marches or anti-Vietnam War protests. It is a hot topic, and it might help our students to understand the role – good and bad – of activism.”

Isabel, Epsteen, Redman and Hernandez have organized Occupy Together meetups and sit-ins in Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach. They work with local mayors and police departments to comply with the law and ensure peaceful events.

About the organizers:

  • Isabel, the main organizer of the local movement, is a writer, nature activist and blogger.  Formerly a student at Palm Beach State College, Isabel lost his job and, subsequently, had to drop out of school. He would like to go back to school to pursue a career as a computer analyst.
  • Epsteen is an activist. Involved in foreclosure and housing issues and runs Foreclosure Hamlet, a group that exposes foreclosure fraud.
  • Redman is the founder of 4closureFraud.org.
  • Hernandez is a musician, author and student studying philosophy.

“There is a long history of social justice movements including free speech, civil rights and anti-Vietnam war protests,” said Watson. “Many of these movements are (or were) leaderless – which is the case with Occupy.”