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> The move certainly isn’t one that has gone without criticism, but it also shows that the GA is able to self-correct itself.
You say that this shows the GA is able to correct itself. But this was more of an over-correction. The GA announced an "emergency" where there was none, and then proceeded to push forward a badly thought out, rushed "fix", which more than anything else just created more division and hostility.
Rather than dealing with the particular problem, or the individuals involved in the conflict, the GA lashed out and destroyed an entire team which had done a bunch of good work.
There were almost 20 members of the team. Some of them had absolutely no role in the drama whatsoever, but they were forced off the Media Team through an act by the GA which can only be described as "collective punishment".
I find it extremely depressing when Occupy Oakland engages in "solutions" that mirror, or are even worse than, the problems within the system they are supposed to be working against.
Tim was not a member of the Media Committee. He resigned his long standing post within Occupy Oakland's Finance Committee in disgust:
The part of the story which you are not telling is that people felt so verbally abused by you and that you had been so destructive and abusive in team meetings, that these three team members were under the assumption that you could only have been some sort of saboteur. Their conclusions seem like they are surely false, but when someone is verbally abusive to others, it can cause them to act irrationally.
They sincerely believed that you potentially posed a risk to the community and to Occupy Oakland as a whole, and simply wished to warn others of potential risk. That was their "crime".
You are the one who is dodging responsibility by failing to acknowledge how your own ongoing verbal abuse of people (along with Occupy Oakland's inability to handle it) caused this situation to explode.
The camp cannot be removed with force. The protesters are not going to leave willingly.
The solution is going to have to be one which allows for at least something of a camp to remain in place, while addressing the concerns some businesses and citizen have.
Homelessness is _not_ an Occupy Oakland problem, it's an Oakland problem. And yet, it's the occupiers who are in the process of bringing in mental health counselors to try to help with this problem.
Fights are _not_ an Occupy Oakland problem, it's an Oakland problem. Police would probably be a lot more welcome at the camp to deal with such issues, if these same police (under city authorization) were not threatening to violently attack peaceful protesters on any random night.
Some local businesses are suffering because of Occupy Oakland. But other businesses are doing better than ever. And, Occupy Oakland is bringing hundreds or thousands of people into downtown Oakland a couple of nights a week. There could be a big business potential here, if businesses change their hours, offerings, and advertising to the large crowds coming to General Assemblies.
And, yes, there are things like improperly secured extension cords and a lack of fire extinguishers which are indeed a safety hazard at Occupy Oakland, but it does not take a great stretch of imagination to realize that a few fire extinguishers and a safe way to make hot food is a heck of a lot cheaper than spending millions on police overtime.
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