Save the Memorial Oak Grove.
Maybe you've heard about the year-long protest by now, but I hadn't been paying too much attention myself until one of the tree-sitters fell and broke his arm and leg.
First, they've been up there, sometimes rotating, for a year - officially, Dec 2, 2007.
Second, the situation is much more tense than you would otherwise believe, given the news coverage - or non-news coverage.
The picture is a snapshot from when all hell broke loose. Someone was trying to hand some food and water over the fence, because UC-Berkeley is trying to starve the protestors, and that person was arrested.
The people supporting the tree-sitters from outside the fence weren't too amused.
For my part, I can't imagine why this grove of trees has to be leveled. It's like they want to turn the Berkeley campus - a beautiful campus - into a concrete strip mall. It's appalling.
And there is no good reason to do it, other than the fact that the UC Regents - the people who run Berkeley, apparently, thought they could get away with it.
Fortunately, they're finding some resistance.
If you are skeptical, I'd ask you to consider that this is but one protest of thousands being fought across the U.S. every day, and maybe one is going on in your backyard - or will be soon. For this reason, at least, you should support the tree-sitters.
You wouldn't want some outside interest to come into your town and start leveling shit - these Berkeley folks don't want that, either. The difference between Berkeley and most other towns in America is that some Berkeleyites are organized, and they're willing to make gigantic sacrifices to stop outsiders from wrecking their town.
Click through to the whole YouTube video to catch a glimpse of how crazy shit is over at the Berkeley Oaks.
Here is my own video of the situation. It's a short clip showing how UC Berkeley is using loud generators and spotlights to terrorize the tree-sitters. It's pretty similar to what our CIA and military does to prisoners in Guantanamo Bay Cuba - human rights violations galore.
Other than that, the video is just a bit spooky. With all the barbed wire, it immediately reminds you of a concentration camp.