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Occupy DC Q&A: What's Life Like After The Demise Of McPherson Square's Tent City? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post  
First Posted: 02/24/2012 4:32 pm Updated: 02/25/2012 10:10 am

WASHINGTON -- Does Occupy DC romance last once the tents of McPherson Square have come down? And does Occupy DC itself last once the tents have come down, for that matter?

Occupy DC's four-month old tent city in McPherson Square was largely dismantled on Feb. 5 after a day-long standoff with U.S. Park Police that resulted in 11 arrests. While there's nobody living in the tents that remain in the park, that doesn't mean the movement is dead. Members of the demonstration have vowed to continue their movement.

The Huffington Post went back to McPherson Square recently to catch up with two of Occupy DC's most visible demonstrators -- their Occupy-sparked relationship was detailed in The Washington Post -- to find out what is happening with the movement and if their relationship has changed with the end of the tent city.

Sam Jewler, 23, one of the original D.C. statehood hunger strikers, and Sara Shaw, 24, who has been cited in hundreds of reports about the McPherson Square demonstration, told HuffPost that Occupy DC is changing, focusing more on local issues -- like trying to prevent the foreclosure of a Bowie, Md., woman's home and stopping Walmart's plan to open six stores in the District of Columbia.

The pair also said that moving a relationship from McPherson Square to the real world -- at least the real world of Jewler's parents' house -- hasn't been that hard.

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Sam Jewler: My parents' house, in D.C.

Sara Shaw: I was lucky enough to be able to stay at his parents' house, because I didn't have anywhere else to go. There's a significant population of people that didn't have anywhere else to go. Occupy Faith has helped out a lot in coordinating with churches. Obviously a church can't house people forever, but they're working on trying to work out a schedule, rotations.

HuffPost: What do your parents think of your involvement with Occupy DC?

Sam Jewler: They want me to get a job. And I'm working on it. But they definitely support what I'm doing. So they're willing to be patient. I'm very lucky to have that.

Sara Shaw: My parents are back in California. At this point they know I don't have a job. Of course they want me to be able to support myself and encourage me to get a job...They trust that I'm going to make smart decisions.

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