Safe to say the folks in Oakland have had enough of these maniacs.
A lot of people in Oakland support the different causes that Occupy Oakland says it is fighting for. A more equitable distribution of wealth, holding financial institutions and Wall Street accountable for their role in the economic collapse, an end to police brutality.
What many don’t support are the tent camp’s negative effects on the city. Businesses downtown are complaining about the vandalism and lost customers. According to city officials, some businesses have dropped plans to move to Oakland, resulting in the loss of hundreds of jobs. How does that improve life for the 99 percent?
Enough is enough.
On Wednesday, five council members — Larry Reid, Libby Schaaf, Desley Brooks, Patricia Kernighan and Ignacio de la Fuente — held a news conference to demand that the city remove the tent camp.
They said Occupy Oakland had already cost the financially strapped city more than $1 million.
Occupy protesters’ showed up and attempted to shout them down. Just as they attempted to bully people who tried to speak about the encampment’s negative consequences at the council meeting last week. Pretty ironic from people who claim to be such free speech advocates.
Mayor Jean Quan, who also now says the protesters must leave, has been getting nowhere trying to reason with them.
A reader who has attended several of the general assembly meetings sent an email in response to a recent column. She identified herself as “Caucasian.”
“Someone needs to point out that these are mostly nonresident white males and females tearing up our city,” she wrote. “Imagine Black males and Latino males together storming Concord or Alamo to draw attention to the excessive proliferation of automatic weapons in East and West Oakland neighborhoods. There’d be National Guard everywhere.”
She’s right. They wouldn’t tolerate it. Why should we?