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Occupied Berkeley

Occupy Berkeley

Occupy Berkeley is now occupying the field where I’ve been meeting people to play soccer once a week. It’s only about twenty tents right now so we’re still able to play, and I’d support the protest even if it did get in the way of our game. There wasn’t much action happening; the camp was quiet and clean, and our group of clumsy soccer players was probably the greatest danger to the public. I heard that most of the city council supports the protest and that the camp is partly used as a place to recuperate from the tensions over in Oakland. But I was glad to see the camp, because of course Berkeley should be participating in the occupy movement. The protest scene here is quite a bit diminished from its heyday and doesn’t really match the popular image in a lot of people’s minds, but protest is still a part of the landscape. For years I played hacky sack at the same spot in Sproul Plaza that was the center of the Free Speech Movement, I used to play basketball in People’s Park, another iconic protest spot, and I know several buildings in town specifically because of the protests I stumbled across in front of them. Now the occupy movement is a part of my soccer experience. I guess I am the 99%.

— Update 11/10 — Yesterday the Occupy Berkeley got more heated when protesters had a violent altercation with campus police in Sproul Plaza.

3 Responses to “Occupied Berkeley”

  1. October 30th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Gayle Madwin says:

    “I guess I am the 99%.”

    Unless landscape design pays a lot better than I had realized!

  2. October 30th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Randy says:

    Glad to see Berkeley being Occupied! And it was no interference with your ‘game’. We are the 99% as well.

  3. November 6th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    ryan says:

    Alas, you’re not mistaken about the pay for landscape design. Squarely in the 99%. Which should maybe feature in our marketing somehow.

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