Divinity students from Graduate Theological Union add a moral element to Saturday's Occupy Berkeley rally and march
Ted Friedman
Divinity students from Graduate Theological Union add a moral element to Saturday's Occupy Berkeley rally and march

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Occupy Berkeley: The Video

By Paul Kealoha Blake
Sunday October 16, 2011 - 09:49:00 PM

Scenes from Saturday's march in downtown Berkeley: -more-

We Too. Berkeley Piles onto International $$$ Protests

By Ted Friedman
Saturday October 15, 2011 - 10:53:00 PM
John, a facilitator, gives rousing call to action Saturday before Occupy Berkeley marches to Civic Center Park

Piling onto the international movement against alleged financial oppression proved irresistible to more than 200 Berkeleyans Saturday, as they joined fellow protesters from New Zealand, Alaska, London, Frankfurt, Washington, New York, and even timid Tokyo in an international day of rage against financial institutions.

Sometimes it's not all about Berkeley and this was a day for international solidarity. -more-


Occupying Berkeley and Oakland on a Fine Saturday in October

By Becky O'Malley
Sunday October 16, 2011 - 08:16:00 PM

Both Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland for generations have celebrated what’s called “the marching season”, a time of the year beginning around Easter when various groups stage parades to commemorate dates and causes that they consider significant. Here in the United States, October has often been our “marching season”—some of the best protests decrying the first (or was it the second?) Gulf War were in October, as I recall.

This year is no exception. Yesterday’s various Occupy events in Berkeley and the rest of the East Bay, though serious in purpose, had an almost festive air consistent with the fine weather and earnest camaraderie of the participants. If you kept moving, it was possible to enjoy a good cross section of the available color at various locales. -more-


On Mental Illness: Stereotypes and Stigma

By Jack Bragen
Sunday October 16, 2011 - 05:51:00 PM

Society has an unfriendly perception of persons with mental illnesses. Persons with mental illness are thought to be murderers, sociopaths, and wild people who are out of control. This is usually not accurate. Television news does a good job of making people believe that persons with mental illness do most of the violent crimes in society; but this is not so. Only a small percentage of violent acts are perpetrated by persons with mental illness, and most mentally ill people are not violent. Most violence in society is probably due to domestic issues, the narcotics trade, and also gang activity. Most criminals aren’t mentally ill; they are criminals, a fairly distinct category of people. Most persons with mental illness are gentler than the average person, and many would choose death for themselves long before hurting another person. -more-

Back Stories



Occupying Berkeley and Oakland on a Fine Saturday in October 10-16-2011

Planning More of Those Robot Apartments for Berkeley 10-12-2011

The Editor's Back Fence

Local Business in the News 10-13-2011

Make Your Voice Heard Again in the Sierra Club--Join Now to Vote in December Election 10-13-2011


Cartoon Page: BOUNCE: By Joseph Young 10-12-2011

Cartoon Page: Odd Bodkins: Perfect Happiness Dan O'Neill 10-12-2011

Public Comment

Press Release: March and Rally for "Jobs Not Cuts" in Oakland Today From the Wellstone Democratic Club 10-15-2011

Letters to the Editor 10-13-2011

Letters to the Editor 10-12-2011

AB 292 and SB 900: Both Bad for the Environment;
Why Did Skinner and Hancock Vote for Them?
By Antonio Rossmann 10-11-2011

Local Activists Join New National Movement to “Take Back the American Dream” By Ken A. Epstein 10-11-2011


Occupy Berkeley: The Video By Paul Kealoha Blake 10-16-2011

We Too. Berkeley Piles onto International $$$ Protests By Ted Friedman 10-15-2011

New: Berkeley has Long term Chronic Problems with its Storm Drain System --and Lacks Funds to Fix Them By Thomas Lord 10-15-2011

Day 6: Will Saturday's Demo Put Berkeley 0n U.S. Map of Anti-Wall Street Protests? By Ted Friedman 10-14-2011

Occupy Richmond Launched By Laura Dixon (BCN) 10-14-2011

Press Release: 86 Year Old Woman With Dementia Located From Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, BPD 10-14-2011

Press Release: Community Help Needed to Find 86 Year Old with Dementia (Press Release) From Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, BPD 10-14-2011

Plans for Berkeley's West Campus to be Presented Tuesday: City Council Chambers, Charter High School, BUSD Offices (News Analysis) By Kristin Leimkuhler, West Campus Neighbors and Merchants Alliance (WestNEMA)westnema@yahoo.com 10-13-2011

Day 5: Occupy Berkeley Prepares for Big Action Downtown Saturday by Ted Friedman 10-13-2011

Hundreds of Protesters "Occupy Walnut Creek" By Laura Dixon (BCN) 10-13-2011

Day 4:As Berkeley Anti-Wall Street Protest Aligns With National Occupation Movement, Some Locals Feeling Squeezed By Ted Friedman 10-12-2011

Why No Demands? Occupy Wall Street is a Rebellion, Not a Protest. (News Analysis) By Michael Levitin (New America Media) 10-12-2011

Bon Appetit By Dorothy Snodgrass 10-12-2011

Flash: Power Outage Closes Downtown Berkeley BART Station By Bay City News 10-11-2011

Day 3: "Occupy Berkeley" Emerging as Berkeley Version of Anti-Wall Street Movement By Ted Friedman 10-11-2011

Protestors Begin Day Two of "Occupy Oakland" Demonstration By Hannah Albarazi (BCN) 10-11-2011

Glover, Mayors of Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond to Speak at "Jobs not Cuts" Rally on Saturday By Zipporah Collins 10-11-2011

Day Two: As Occupy Wall Street Movement Builds in Berkeley, How Berkeley Will it Be? By Ted Friedman 10-10-2011

Occupy Oakland Starts Today at 4 at Oakland City Hall By Scott Morris (BCN) 10-10-2011

Berkeley Meeting Introduces Ashby Village By Dorothy Snodgrass 10-10-2011


On Mental Illness: Stereotypes and Stigma By Jack Bragen 10-16-2011

The Public Eye: Who Killed the US Economy? Accounting Parasites By Bob Burnett 10-14-2011

Dispatches From the Edge: Libya & Afghanistan: The Price of Getting it Wrong By Conn Hallinan 10-13-2011

Senior Power: Happy Birthday, Betty Dukes By Helen Rippier Wheeler 10-13-2011

The Poetry of Money: a New Irregular Personal Column By R.M. Ryan 10-12-2011

My Commonplace Book (a diary of excerpts copied from printed books, with comments added by the reader.) by Dorothy Bryant 10-11-2011

Arts & Events

Around & About Theater: Ragged Wing Ensemble--Innana's Descent--free performances & celebration By Ken Bullock 10-12-2011