OAKLAND, California – Her name is Felicity Nicole Sunshine. She has just died her hair pink to match the rosy dots on her army-style black boots. It is her 31st day of camping in a tent city in front of the city hall in Oakland, one of the most famous and violent offshoots of Occupy Wall Street movement that protests against corporate influence on democracy and a growing disparity in wealth.
Felicity is a 23-year-old artist and she is homeless. It was a combination of her sincerity, two dozen multicolored tents and the spirit of a mini-revolution that endeared me to the whole gathering and evoked memories of the 2004 Orange Revolution in Ukraine.
Its seventh anniversary is just around the corner and if November tantalizes taste buds with Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., in Ukraine, this month is associated with freezing crowds dressed in orange on Independence Square.