Spring break is finally here (a shining beacon of light comes down from the heavens and a chorus sings “Hallelujah!”). The only thing separating us from the friends, family and sleep at the end of the tunnel is the San Francisco International Airport. Here is our report from the field:
7:00 p.m: Arrive at the BART station. Dragging our suitcases down the stairs at the station causes a lot of eyes to land on us. The embarrassment finally ends when we get to the bottom, but then we notice that the train has just arrived! Is this the one we want? Where do we transfer? We don’t have time to worry because we either get on here or wait for the next one, and we hate waiting, so we jump on.
7:15 p.m: We have the right train and we are on our way! Just transferred at MacArthur station and there are so many people on the train that a certain black suitcase keeps getting in people’s way, falling and causing them to trip (ok, it was our suitcase but the BART is shaky!). The world seems to move so fast when you are on BART. From the window, SF looks like an Impressionist painting, as we only catch a glimpse of the blurred city landscape. Looking at our watch, we see that we still have about 45 minutes till we reach the airport and our plane leaves at 9:25 p.m. We are not following the parent’s advise of getting there at LEAST two hours early. Hope there are no bumps along the way!
8:00 p.m: We have made it to the airport! Now we find our way to the futuristic tram with the soothing robot voice that takes us to our terminal. Maybe we have read too many science-fiction novels, but that’s how we see it.
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Ahh, December. Finals are over, students are heading home with Christmas cheer … and Occupy Berkeley protesters are still filming clashes with the police. If you thought the initial baton or pepper spray incidents were dramatic, you’ll probably want to see this. The video was taken a little after midnight on Thursday morning as police tried to keep protesters clear of a public works truck.
Protesters had been trying to jump onto the public works truck in order to retrieve their previously confiscated materials. They managed to pull out a duffle bag and traffic cone among other small things from the truck before the authorities got to them. The police then allegedly took severe means to keep the protesters at bay with their batons as several people could be seen with small cuts and bruises. read more »
The Clog tramped out to the Sproul steps in one of its daily checkups on the Occupy movement. We entered from inside Sproul, and nearly stumbled onto someone’s sleeping quarters.
As glamorous as protesting the status quo looks, the life of an Occupier – the actual part of camping out and living in the wide open – seems quite uncomfortable to us.
Here are some essential ingredients to occupying: read more »
The Clog left for home this past Thanksgiving weekend with thoughts of escape from general Berkeley chaos. We returned rested and full, and ventured to Sproul Plaza today to check up on the dear old Occupy movement.
Imagine our surprise when we saw almost no one out there.
Is the movement finally dying down? read more »
Not too long ago, the Clog traveled to Durham, N. Car., home to Duke University. We must say that we were extremely underwhelmed with their Occupy movement. And by their Occupy movement we mean their (essentially) lack thereof.
But that’s no surprise to anyone here. After all, if Duke students turned out to Occupy, they’d really be occupying themselves. The 1 percent preppies protesting the 1 percent would be equivalent to Jay-Z’s attempt to profit from the populist movement.
And for those Blue Devils who are part of the 99 percent, we really mean no offense. Perhaps all this Occupy Duke patronization is stemming from a deeper antagonism towards your basketball team.
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What happens when occupiers’ attempts at putting up tents is thwarted by brutal police action?
They come back stronger, louder and angrier, uniting across different movements. How? That’s right, you guessed it.
They put up even more tents.
Sproul Plaza, 10 p.m. — As the Clog surveys the excited and ecstatic scene post-Robert Reich lecture, we can’t help but wonder if this is the most charged atmosphere the school has seen in recents years. read more »
As an observer, one of the most entertaining part of a protest are the signs, whether they are clever or just hilariously misspelled. Indeed, one of the signs at today’s protests read, “Politians are dipers.” Excuse me, what are politians, and what are dipers? Oh, you meant to say politicians are diapers … oh. Anyway, here are a few more signs after last week’s onslaught for your enjoyment:
We love our octopuses and all, but what the hell? read more »
Today’s strike, in large part a response to last week’s brutal police action and the state’s funding cuts to higher education, was, dare we say, even better than last week’s Day of Action?
Better in what way, you wonder?
Gone were the cries of outrage and guilt — the campus atmosphere had metamorphosed from one revolved around hate for the 1 percent to love for fellow occupiers. Rather than being divided in how to proceed with the movement, the Cal community had united to celebrate the fight for income equality and social justice.
Instead of devoting a day to voicing grievances, Cal dedicated this strike to appreciating the individuals of the university, literally embodying the word “community.”
Sound cheesy? Here’s how today’s protest demonstrated what a public and “open” university looks like:
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As with last week’s protest signs, the Clog was equally impressed with the artwork dispersed around Sproul today. Vote for your favorites below by leaving a comment in the comments section at the bottom of the page! (Disclaimer: Not all artists were available for interview)
We are the 99 percent, hear us roar!
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After Wednesday’s law enforcement debacle and night-time rally, the Occupy Cal community might need to start looking for clear direction and compelling leadership. Unfortunately, when heading a movement involving more than one thousand participants, reaching a consensus can be quite tiresome and time-consuming.
The Clog takes a look at the various protest formations that have taken place over the past few days, and which ones tend to be more effective than others: read more »