Story by Autumn Allison
Tents in varying shades of green and blue line the walls of War Memorial Plaza. Each tent has been strategically tied, zip-tied and bungee corded to with stand even the roughest winds. Duct-taped peace symbols and spray-paint decals give a little bit of personality to the normally bleak abode.
For a nearly four months, those tents have been home to the Occupy Nashville movement but following the seemingly inevitable passage of HB 2638, the tents are coming down and along with it, possibly the entire movement.
For roughly 30 people, the death of the movement signals more than just the end of Occupy. It means a separation from a dream and from the group they call family.