Amanda Joy is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Carleton University, and has been organizing for social justice since 1999 with groups and networks such as the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and Food Not Bombs. Her activism focuses on economic justice, health, democracy, gender and decolonization. She is currently an active member of Occupy Ottawa and is also conducting ethnographic research with the Occupy movement, writing about the reworking of democratic practices, the role of social media and prefigurative politics. Her previous academic work examined the transnational movement for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, particularly HIV-positive activism in Southeast Asia. She believes that a better world is possible.