Susie Cagle is a journalist and illustrator based in Oakland, California.
“Hi Just an update on “Occupy Oakland”. They had an information/organization meeting at 7:30 pm tonight. I sat in for part of it. I thought you might be interested in knowing what’s going on…and who was there. The air was perfumed with pot. About 300 people in attendance at the amphitheater They warned about preventing the spread of tuberculosis throughout “The Camp” [what they’re calling it] They also asked for donations of (Ladies, close your eyes.) condoms and —- (Close them tighter.) —— dental dams. They are actively and publicly working on building “text trees”, phone trees, and email trees to build a large mobile communication network. Friday night they have a vigil for Troy Davis (The cop killer executed earlier this month.) They’re expecting 1,500 for a “Labor march” this Saturday. Danny Glover is to speak before them on Saturday afternoon David Hilliard (sp?) Chief of Staff of the Black Panthers, speaks on Monday. Berkeley Liberation Radio 104.1 FM will be airing live coverage beginning next Tuesday. One of the take-aways I have from this is that they are surprisingly organized. I’m not sure opposition has anything like text, phone, or email trees. The “tree” approach makes communication a bit more intimate than broad cast approaches. Many (most?) of the “occupiers” appear to be living so close to the edge…that getting arrested would be an improvement in their condition—and an expansion of their social network. “Occupy Hollister” starts on Thursday 10/13.”