Occupy Madison, part of the global Occupy movement, is building tiny homes in the city of Madison, Wisconsin, for the homeless people who live there.
Indeed. Each home resembles a rather cute garden shed and contains a bed, a kitchen, a microwave, a refrigerator, a compost toilet and heating.
Each home costs about $4,000 to make. Funding for the materials is being provided by donations, whilst activists are giving their time and energy freely to build them. You can find out more about the intricacies of their building efforts here.
The Occupy movement now exists in various forms in over 1,500 participating cities all over the world. Occupy Madison says the movement is fundamentally about democracy. “We want people to be the deciders, not corporations,” Occupy Madison says.
The Occupy movement is driven by individuals of different backgrounds and political beliefs coming together to create real change. “We can no longer trust our elected officials to represent anyone other than their wealthiest donors,” Occupy Together says.