Scott Olsen is an Iraq War veteran who was severely injured at an Occupy Oakland demonstration on October 25, 2011. Since being thrown into the spotlight resulting from this incident, Olsen has continued to support the right to demonstrate without fear of police violence.
After two difficult tours in Iraq, Olsen separated from the Marine Corps at the end of 2009, but did not forget his oath to defend the U.S. Constitution. He has been an active member of Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace. Participation in these groups led him to become more aware of the effect our country's militaristic mindset has on our well-being.
Joined by tens of thousands of upset Wisconsin citizens, Olsen occupied the state's capitol in early 2011. Experiencing this endeavor helped him capture the true spirit of community and the power of "us." After moving to the San Francisco Bay area, Olsen's face was commonly seen at Occupy San Francisco and its related events because these activities celebrated the same spirit that was displayed at the Wisconsin event.