8/04/2007

Orange in Downtown Berkeley

Remember John the Nurse, the activist I ran into at Shattuck Square on Thursday? He wasn't there yesterday when I left work. In his place was this group. This group believes that George Bush and Dick Cheney must be impeached. They invite everyone to show their solidarity for this idea by wearing orange. They believe that as more and more people wear orange clothing, especially on Fridays, they will show their determination to get George Bush out of the office. They were selling orange articles on the side, too. (I believe none of my words were required here. If you click on it, the picture is so telling of where and what and how and who and why. Don't you think?)

10 comments:

Assal said...

I was actually in Berkeley today...wish I could have seen it close-up and watched people's reactions....

Good for them for standing up for what they believe and actually "doing something"!

serendip said...

Hee Hee!!!

parsa said...

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Nazy said...

Salam Assal Jan. They were some interesting characters, all right. The entire BART Plaza area was full of political activists yesterday, each saying something. You know how when you walk into the Sproul Plaza on campus at noon, you get all the different people who come say their piece? It felt like that in downtown Berkeley yesterday. I guess everyone is getting ready for the new semester, and the students are slowly returning. I kept looking at the guy impersonating George Bush behind the bars, who was such an energetic young man who kept talking to everyone from behind his "mask!" I was thinking how easy it is for Americans to express their opinions publicly, and whether they know just how lucky they are for the opportunity which is denied billions of others in this world. Be happy Assal Jan.

programmer craig said...

In Berkeley and San Francisco, it's always something, isn't it? :)

Nazy said...

Serendip, it WAS funny! They were selling orange T shirts, caps, bandanas, and for the fashion-conscious, they had small ribbons to attach to their lapels! Though it is hard to imagine how they conceive this "orange wave" to be able to do anything, the young guys seemed really committed! Be good Serendip.

Nazy said...

Salam Bar Parsa: Thanks for coming and thanks for your explanation. You are welcome my young friend. Take care and be good.

Nazy said...

Pro Craig: Greetings and thanks for coming! Yes, there is something all the time! I suppose as one of the "colorful" people who has been welcomed to this area, I should say that it is fabulous to live here and to witness the diversity and the passion. I know it freaks out a lot of people, especially when occasionally several of the homeless living on these same streets at nights, join the crowds of protestors and spectators, creating a fascinating collage of "different-ness." I am grateful for being included, though I could really read volumes to Berkeley City Council for their upkeep of the streets here. Be good Pro Craig.

programmer craig said...

Hi Nazy,

I wasn't criticizing. At least, I didn't mean to. I'm very glad that the entire United States isn't like Northern California (we'd never get anything done, would we?) but on the other hand, I'm a bit jealous we don't have very many people with the same kind of civic passion here in Los Angeles. It seems we are lacking something.

Nazy said...

Pro Craig: I didn't feel criticized! My reply then may have sounded defensive, though it wasn't intended that way. It was actually my "optimistic" expression of what I consider a valued opportunity--to live in these parts. Most people pass through Berkeley, Craig. It is in the very nature of a university town for people to stay for a few years and leave. They go and take their ideas and their activities to other parts of the world after graduation. I'm afraid the political passion might not have too much to do with people's geographic location, but with aging and becoming more reflective and conservative as time goes by. You must have the newer versions of the same guys who were causing havoc in Berkeley a few years ago, somewhere in your neighborhood right now, acting as responsible upstanding citizens! Among all the transients and those in transition, some hapless ones come in as bright-eyed students, and stay longer, or go away and return, making Berkeley their home. I'm one of those species Craig! Be good and happy Sunday.