The Occupy Oakland Protests

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Registered: 01-03-2001
The Occupy Oakland Protests
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 8:38am

Wow-over 400 arrests from the Occupy Oakland protests. What are your thoughts about these protests: Are they justified? Is it a bunch of whiners? Will it get worse? Should they just go home and get jobs?


iVillage Member
Registered: 10-21-2011
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 11:00am

Not to say that everyone in the city of Oakland is obnoxious but...Oakland isn't exactly known for their calm/reasonable citizens (look at their football fans - just sayin!).

Police said a group of protesters burned an American flag in front of City Hall, then entered the building and destroyed a vending machine, light fixtures and a historic scale model of the edifice. The city's 911 emergency system was overwhelmed during the disturbances.

IMO, burning an American flag is totally and completely disrespectful, ridiculous and out of line.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 11:50am

I think the original "focus" of Occupy was meaningful and needed to be heard but... As in many "popular" large-scale demonstrations, a combination of infiltration of "the wrong element" (I.e. people there for the heck of it) AND over-reaction of city officials and (GASP!) police... Well, the entire movement has degenerated into a mess. Crying' shame, if you ask me...

As for going home and getting jobs, a lack of jobs was part of the original reason for being there...

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-23-2012
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 1:31pm

While I'm all for our citizens having the right to hold peaceful protests, it looks like this one really got out of hand. I was put off by the burning of the flag for one; just hacks me off when someone shows that kind of disrespect. I think of the thousands of service men and women who gave their lives for what our flag symbolizes and it makes me fume. Protest all you want, but don't tread on the sacrifices of others. And when a group starts damaging and destroying, breaking laws acting as if this will somehow get their point across, it leaves a very bad taste in my mouth.

I think the original occupy protesters served a purpose; people who wanted to voice their concerns publicly, using a means protected by our laws. In this case, it looks like some used the protest as a means to justify wreaking havoc...

If it was as simple as "just go home and get jobs"... but, sadly, it's not that easy.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-02-2003
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 1:55pm
CArol I couldn't agree with you more. While there was good reason to protest to begin with, so many of these occupy protests attracted people who were really just in it to instigate problems, or in our case in our city - an organized campsite which provided shelter for those who are out of hte street for any number of reasons. My problem with the occupy protest is that up here there ARE jobs, but some of them are undesirable, and some people have an expectation of wealth without work.

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Registered: 03-18-2011
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 2:33pm
I fully support the Occupy movement, but not the way these folks are doing it. It gives the whole movement a bad name and those who have done it peacefully, to make a point, are then lumped in with the crazies and it discredits the whole movement. I hate that, and I feel bad for those who really wanted their (peaceful) voices to be heard.