On Saturday, Nov. 19, Matt and Nate Anton will commence a 30-day expedition from Occupy Los Angeles to Occupy Wall Street. The so-called Occupy Tour will take the brothers to nearly 20 cities and put them in touch with countless members of the 99 percent.
A Missouri native, Nate Anton moved to San Diego this fall and quickly found himself swept up in the Occupy movement.
I was still in the interview process to get a job when the Occupy movement began, Nate told IBTimes. I've been following it from the beginning and knew this wasn't something to take lightly. As the movement grew, I became involved with Occupy San Diego, and I officially turned down my job offer.
Nate curates a page called Occupy Education that follows the history that has led us to this Global Revolution.
Education is crucial, especially during times like these, Nate said. If you look for some historical context, you'll have a fuller picture of what's going on.
The Occupy Tour is an extension of this effort. The Anton brothers will focus on the movement from the beginning, its current state and projections for the future. The subsequent documentary of their trip is intended to help unify the movement and give a voice to the 99 percent.
I want to meet Occupy, and reflect the movement as a whole in our film, Nate said. I still have friends and family back home that don't really know much about the movement or what's really going on. I want this documentary to educate the world on what this movement is all about, who is involved, why people are involved and how they can become involved.
Yet, one of the biggest problems the Occupy movement faces is its lack of unity. The protests on Wall Street are very different from the protests in Las Vegas.
Nate's well aware of the issue:
We've experienced different protests and types of protesters here in San Diego alone, but that's one of the challenges Occupy is facing. One city may handle it differently than another, but we want to shed light on those differences. We want to get the voices of the people and show our audience what techniques have been successful and what techniques have been unsuccessful.
That's a big task for two young men with a car, a camera, and 30 days.
Nate said he's met many people who work full-time jobs or two jobs and still make time to support the cause. This inspired him, and he wants to make the Occupy Tour in 30 days to reflect that things can be accomplished with hard work and persistence.
We'll spend a lot of time on the road, Nate said, but we're confident we will successfully capture our story. We could spend years on the road traveling to every city and capturing everything. Trying to capture our story in 30 days is a challenge we accept that will actually be a part of our story.
Their route is based on a collection of salient events that took place over the past two months like the Scott Olsen incident in Oakland and the Brooklyn Bridge arrests. They've strategically mapped a course that will allow them to participate in as many occupations as they can.
I feel most people are familiar with the concept of a tour, and once they see our title, it can trigger an automatic response of what we're doing, Nate said. We wanted to set a tentative route with dates so cities know when to expect us in order to efficiently manage our time.
One of the most exciting aspects of this trip is the ambiguity we face, he added. They plan to drive Nate's first car - the one he got when he was 16 - and just go with the flow.
The Anton brothers are currently fundraising for the tour and they need at least $10,000 before Dec. 18.
We've been overwhelmed with help and support we've received. We've been offered sleeping gear and places to stay.
We're open to the adventure this trip offers, and I think it will end up reflecting a part of our message as well. I've always asked myself, 'if money wasn't an issue, what would I want to do in life,' and the answer was always to travel and make documentaries to educate people.
This will be the Anton brothers' first film, though they have experience behind the camera.
When they first discussed doing the documentary, they were a bit apprehensive. Would it be too big of a project? Could they raise enough resources to be successful?
They quickly changed their minds.
We have the 99% on our side, Nate bragged.
He said the movement already changed his life, and the Occupy Tour is just the next part of the journey.
We can all learn something from one another if we just take the time to listen - and that's what we plan to do, listen.