“It’s Like ‘Days of our Lives,’ the Hippie Version”

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 at 8:00 am

They’re broken and disillusioned in the Bay Area.  These smelly “occupiers” aren’t even welcome in in the heart of progressive politics, both in San Francisco and Oakland, and now it appears they’re ready to pack it in.

They won’t be missed.

About 100 protesters gathered for a general assembly meeting at Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of Oakland’s City Hall on Sunday evening – a smaller turnout than normal – and discussed a plan to attempt to shut down the port Dec. 12. There was very little discussion of establishing another encampment.

Some Oakland protesters seemed disillusioned. Cyd Chrystos, 55, of Oakland said she’s seen the tone of the movement change over the last week since the original camp was shut down.

“It’s like ‘Days of our Lives,’ the hippie version,” she said at Frank Ogawa Plaza, referring to protest organizers arguing with each other and lacking a focus. “This week was just extremely virulent.”

But others said the movement has legs.

“It’s like a whack-a-mole,” said James Armstrong, 42, a Snow Park camper who came to Oakland from Redding. “We’ll just pop up somewhere else.”

And then you’ll just get whacked again.  With some of them, it’s more like the daze of their lives.

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