Written By: Elizabeth Krupka
An object at rest, stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced force
-Sir Issac Newton
As regimes were over thown by Arab Spring revolutions, young adults around the world began gathering to voice demands for change.
During fall 2011, protesters in the United States formed their own push against economic, political and social structures. They began establishing tent cities called Occupy movements.
Major American cities (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Oakland…etc) became long-term home to Occupy movements. Citizens in each city began mirroring the organization of Tahrir Square in Cairo – sleeping in the streets to push for systems that work for everyone.
The Occupy communities organizes classes, peaceful protests, kitchen facilities, technology support and medical treatment areas. Beginning with Occupy Wall Street, the gatherings were organized through social media and went viral within days.
“I think the spirit of revolution in the Arab Spring is what helped to get people in the spirit of reform in the U.S. Also talks about the revolts in Spain and how that along with the Arab Spring may have had an affect on the Occupy movement in the U.S.,” Pat Farnach, Occupy D.C. protestor, said.