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Occupy movement comes to Moraga

By Jonathan Morales
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 at 5:44 pm in Uncategorized.

A private college in one of the Bay Area’s wealthiest town’s may not be the first location that comes to mind to join the Occupy Wall Street movement, but dozens gathered on the chapel lawn at Saint Mary’s College today to hear speeches from students and professors showing solidarity with protestors in Oakland and across the country.

Billed as a teach-in, the event definitely had the feel of a rally, albeit a relatively laid-back one. Students relaxed in the sun on picnic tables and blankets. Professors of history and politics shared their insights on the occupy movement, but also implored students to enact changes to what they see as an unjust political and economic system.

One staff member told me the event was very appropriate given the college’s traditional emphasis on social justice.

In one interesting moment, one professor took the stage while on a cell phone with another professor who was traveling from the Oakland protests. The professor on stage relayed the other professor’s speech to students and asked them to repeat it line by line. My favorite: “Please think for yourself,” which just reminded me of this.

Several students traveled to Oakland to join the rally in that city. Another teach-in is scheduled for tomorrow.

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