From Tent City to Tiny House Village | Luca Clemente | TEDxGullLake
In the Fall of 2011, the Occupy Wall Street camp in Zuccotti Park inspired activists around the country to set up their own encampments in solidarity. As in other cities, it wasn’t long before the Occupy camp in Madison, Wisconsin attracted waves of homeless people, drawn in by the camp’s resources. Clemente talks of the tensions and relationships to form during that period and how something unbelievable came of it.
Luca is a PhD candidate in endocrinology at the University of Wisconsin. While medical research is his specialty, social justice is his passion. “As people drop down a rung on the social ladder, ever increasing numbers fall off that last rung into homelessness,” he says. “If the Occupy Movement showed us anything, it’s that an equitable and sustainable world can only be created by direct action.”