Skip to comments.Protest Fatigue
Posted on 11/13/2011 6:53:55 AM PST by Kaslin
The Bay Area has come down with a serious case of Protest Fatigue. The 99 percent of Northern Californians who want to go about their business are being jammed with protests and forced to pay for shutdowns imposed by the 1 percent of activists who don't know the difference between free speech and free camping. There are so many protests here that the group No Justice No BART had to call off a planned demonstration on Nov. 2 in order to accommodate activists planning to take public transit to the Occupy Oakland general strike.
When President Obama came to San Francisco last month, activists had two venues for protest: anti-Obama action at Third and Howard streets or Occupy SF at Justin Herman Plaza. On Wednesday, students and activists tried to set up the Occupy Cal camp at Sproul Plaza, but campus police seized their tents.
Protesters have framed themselves as the victims of authoritarian law-enforcement actions. Everyone knows that if they really wanted to protest a police state, Syria would be a more deserving target. But protest in the bosom of the free speech movement is a lot safer and easier.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan finally found the backbone to allow police to evict the Occupy Oakland encampment last month. Unfortunately, the howls of outrage that followed were so intense that Quan invited the tent-sitters to return to Frank Ogawa Plaza.
A funny thing happened after her capitulation. The howls of outrage got louder. Area businesses let City Hall know that the demonstrations were starving their cash registers, voters complained that law-breaking Occupiers were fouling their public square, and taxpayers voiced alarm at the rising cost of police overtime and cleanup efforts.
By Nov. 3, as the Oakland City Council was set to vote on a resolution in support of Occupy Oakland's "rights to free speech and peaceful assembly 24 hours a day, seven days a week," author Nancy Nadel was forced to admit she didn't have the votes.
Protest Fatigue has come to San Francisco, too. Yes, supervisors passed a resolution supporting Occupy SF, but they watered it down with language that allows police to use force in the interests of public safety.
Protest Fatigue also has come to Berkeley. This is not a university that wants to squelch protest, especially left-leaning movement activists who want to elbow Washington and Sacramento to fork more money onto higher education's plate.
In 2006, when activists decided to occupy oak trees the university wanted to cut down, they were able to trespass in the trees for 20 months. An Alameda Superior Court judge issued an injunction that barred UC from putting chain saw to timber. But rules that constrained UC administrators did not interfere with tree-sitters, who foolishly equated Berkeley with Guantanamo Bay and lobbed feces at authorities, who nonetheless served them water and energy bars.
The cause was frivolous, the trees are now sawdust, but Berkeley's reputation for appeasing scofflaw protests has lived on. Until perhaps last week, when campus police removed all the tents and arrested protesters.
Finally, university toffs had sent a message to self-aggrandizing lefties: No more Mr. Nice Guy. Chancellor Robert Birgeneau had warned activists on their "Day of Action." In a statement, he explained, "We simply cannot afford to spend our precious resources and, in particular, student tuition, on costly and avoidable expenses associated with violence or vandalism."
The word is out after Oakland. Let the tents stay and the cost to taxpayers mount while public safety becomes increasingly difficult to maintain.
"We don't want to arrest our students," said UC Berkeley spokesperson Claire Holmes on Thursday. No lie. Unfortunately, some Berkeley students and professors are happy to squander university resources for an amorphous protest that won't help the university or their cause. If anything, Occupy Cal, like Occupy Oakland, is likely to alienate good liberals, who believe that rules should apply to everyone.
Berkeley administrators lived through the tree-sitter fiasco. They know the hell of an entrenched protest. They know Protest Fatigue. And they see the wisdom in not letting chaos take hold. As Holmes acknowledged, "We looked to the situation in Oakland."
More like the .00001%.
Governor Brown will have to do both: guv and Oakland mayor. No one else wants it.
by definition rules apply to everyone else but liberals
Sometimes these jokes just write themselves.
In 2013 the America’s cup will be sailed in San Francisco.
I plan to take my R.V. and go and I’m hoping this little protest camping wave is still in progress.
A little camping say at Marina Green???
>> “A little camping say at Marina Green???” <<
Pretty cold place, usually.
Soon Oakland will look like Detroit.
Three heaters in the R.V.
FRee Camping man???
Why did the liberal mayors oust the Occupier/scumbags this week?
self | 15 November 2011 | self
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:35:12 AM by Grampa Dave
Why have so many major cities turned on the Occupiers?
The liberal mayors/leaders of Oakland, Portland, New York City and other cities, this week have decided that the Occupier/scumbags are not welcome. Across the nation liberal mayors have sent in cops in their cities , to move the scumbags out of their encampments and tear down their encampments.
So what has happened and why this week?
Did the mayors finally wake and realized that these scumbags were not the 99% of he/she/its in white hats?
Did the merchants in the impacted areas finally convince the mayors that their businesses were being devastated and would not have a lot of sales tax $s to give to the cities due to their lost business?
Did the mayors finally listen to Public Health Doctors/Nurses and others that these encampments were huge germ/virus pools that could threaten large sections of the citys population not involved?
Did the daily rapes/murders/robberies/fights in the encampments finally wake up the mayors?
Did the mayors fear a massive backlash from independent and working democrat voters in their cities or even recalls?
There was probably a lot of the above and other factors that influenced the mayors.
How about another factor. Did the DNC run focus groups of working voters in those cities and find out that the Occupier scumbags in each city were probably costing the Democrats votes across the nation?
Well, something happened, and it probably was not a coincidence, that this week, the left wing mayors of these liberal cities across America, decided to take out the Occupier Garbage, human and infectious garbage.
It is amazing what we can learn from our fellow freepers even when we post, re their insights like the negative impact of the Occupiers on Black Friday and Holiday shopping.
You’re welcome. Yeah it seem we can learn a lot from other freepers
When we see real freepers making real replies and analysis of our posts and others, we often learn more about what we posted about.
My simple post is a prime example of that re the great replies and comments.
“Soon Oakland will look like Detroit.”
I don’t even go to the Oakland airport any more and it has been over a decade since we even passed through Oakland.
Oakland really went downhill, when Moonbeam was mayor, re crime and inner city rot. Oakland’s current mayor makes Moonbeam look halfway good.
Got news for you, soon EVERY city will look like Detroit.
Actually, Dellums was the real destroyer in Oakland, and the next worst was Elihu Harris.
Compared to that pair, Moonbeam is a conservative.
No winners as mayor of Oakland!
No winners in Oakland, period.
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