The New American Revolution was a time of protest and riots around Canada and the United States of America from early 2005 until early 2006. The major reason for the protests was economic failures do to low taxing and major deregulation of both country's economies and high unemployment. Major movements which started protests were the California Unemployment Protests where unemployment in some areas was around 45%, the average being 38.9%. Other protests including the Vancouver/Canadian Radicals and the Polar Alliance which stood to make a new northern, Arctic country.
California Unemployment ProtestsThe first California Unemployment Protests or CUPs started around March of 2005 in major cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Protesters quickly grew in numbers, and on the first organized day of action on March 28th, 2005 over 10,000 people showed up to take over the San Francisco City Hall. About one week later the "Day of Hell" as it is labeled became the most destructive day in the history of the Revolution were over 200,000 people came to Los Angeles and reportedly destroyed or vandalized about 2.1 billion dollars worth of items.
Federal troops were sent into combat the people but at that point several other protests sparked across the country. The New England, New York and Florida Unemployment Protests also ended up in destroying collectively about 5.1 billion dollars worth of items. At one point the protestors of Burlington, Vermont took over the city and enacted that the "people had won the city" and were no longer a part of the United States.
Vancouver Radicals/Canadian Radicals/Polar Alliance
The same situation occurred in Vancouver in protest to the Liberal government policies. The Vancouver radicals pushed for more public funding for education and the public offered health care, they started protesting in late 2005 and more so after the 2006 elections. The Radical's biggest protest on January 27th, 2006 brought the city under the Radicals control after 4,000 citizens took over city hall. In solidarity other protests occurred in Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg.
An offshoot of the protest was the Polar Alliance a group of first nations and arctic citizens who felt ignored by the federal government. The leader, and current First Minister Abedabun Istu headed the group and joined together different groups, starting to gather and protest in major cities like Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Anchorage.
Results and Legacy
The revolution and growing sectionalism led to the revolution's major goal: new countries with new governments. Besides the Polar Alliance, most major protests were leaderless and only had some major organizers. The Legacy of the revolution still is greatly discussed. First the debt the countries had were relinquised, and led to the American Union which kept the countries closer through political, trade and peace talks. The legacy of the protests also may have led to the so called 'progressive' movement. After the countries were drawn in the North American Treaty and the AU Parliament elections were held, as well as other elections in other countries for the new governments, more liberal and progressive leaders were elected than would be expected, in areas like Pacifica, West Canada, and West America.