Occupying the Air, Because the Grass Is Closed

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Abby Zimet

Occupy Cal is busy and endlessly creative, as befits the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement. When police trashed and banned tents at Berkeley, landscape architecture students took to the defiant air with tents and banners chanting "Whose Space? Our Space!" as others made book tents on the ground. Great video. A former poet laureate of the U.S. described the "low cunning" of police as they beat him, his wife and many others with truncheons just hard enough to hurt but not to leave evidence - raising a new crop of signs declaring, "Beat Poets, not beat poets." And a blogger with a philosophical bent wrote a terrific piece on power, civil disobedience, and the  University's Orwellian position that it has the authority to do whatever it has to do to exert its authority, in this case beating students to keep them "safe."

 

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