by liberal japonicus
Some interesting things about the Oakland OWS protests and the events at UC-Davis that many of you may have already read.
This article, about Jean Quan, mayor of Oakland, via Erik Loomis at LGM, is quite interesting, and gives some other links (here, here and here) about the renaming of Frank Ogawa plaza to Oscar Grant plaza. Oscar Grant was shot and killed by a BART police officer while Frank Ogawa is a name that was familiar to me, but I couldn't figure out why until I read the last link, and saw that he was responsible for the Oakland-Fukuoka sister city relationship.
The Edge of the American West blog, recently revived, has two professors from UC Davis and has several posts about the situation there. One post in particular picks up a video that is out there, where Chancellor Katehi leaves her office though a large number of silent students and also has the letter from the person who walked Katehi to her car, Reverend Kristin Stoneking, describing what led up to the video. I found this paragraph one that sticks in my mind:
What was clear to me was that once again, the students’ willingness to show restraint kept us from spiraling into a cycle of violence upon violence. There was no credible threat to the Chancellor, only a perceived one. The situation was not hostile. And what was also clear to me is that whether they admit it or not, the administrators that were inside the building are afraid. And exhausted. And human. And the suffering that has been inflicted is real. The pain present as the three of us watched the video of students being pepper sprayed was palpable. A society is only truly free when all persons take responsibility for their actions; it is only upon taking responsibility that healing can come.
"There was no credible threat, only a perceived one." That seems to describe a lot of has been happening recently.
(corrected the misspelling of Erik, thx,b is b!)