Why ask such a divisive question all the time- "Is the courthouse protest ruining the local Occupy movement?" The only reason people ask that question is because they can't stand people who aren't like them. "Image"? Seriously, The people that can be there everyday are the people that are either self-employed, work part-time, don't have a job, or are disabled. Are you going to judge someone for their appearance even as they lay down their life for you? This is the same attitude among some of the Occupiers, it's ridiculous! We are going to have to look past superficial things and COME TOGETHER if we are to get anything done. I remember when Lois brought this the the County GA as a sort of working group for Alternative Economy because she was passionate about it, and I certainly appreciate it. But there are other working groups that meet and get things done as well, this is not the only success of Occupy (yet you point out every alternative economy has failed in the beginning of the article, way to be). If people would GET INVOLVED, they would find that there is more to it than the courthouse demonstration. That demonstration is important because IT WON'T LET YOU FORGET THIS IS A REVOLUTION! And that you too could wind up on the streets, or without health care. And the fact that everyone just keeps running toward the edge of the cliff with our consumption and aggression and intolerance. A hoard of insatiable lemmings.
It's time to stop bickering and belittling one each other and agree that we love our home and value our lifestyle. This isn't the Bay Area, nor do I want to see it become anything like it. I sat next to Judy Bari on the police bus when we were arrested for direct action down at Stafford Road after the big slide demolished homes and ruined the community. You know, she taught me to never give up, no matter what. Especially if we want to keep the integrity of our beautiful county intact for our children and their children. We have the beauty and pure nature that everyone wants. We cannot allow ANYONE exploit it or us. We will have to act and fight if we want to keep it. If it's not Caltrans, it will be some other corporation or private interest. Wider roads are NOT what we need here. In fact, we need more roadless areas.
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In Print This Week:
Jan 12, 2017
vol XXVIII issue 2
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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