Chalkupy in the Plaza, 2011, https://si0.twimg.com/profile_images/1959523422/chalkupy.jpg
by Naomi Pitcairn
How were you involved in Occupy Oakland during this time last year? (Sept/October 2011-Dec 2011)
I went to protests and started Chalkupy.
What impact did the movement have on you?
For about 15 minutes, I saw hope for a better world where there was enough for everybody.
What impact do you think it had on Oakland?
It galvanized Oakland in some ways. It got Oakland press coverage but Oakland is still hurting like the rest of the country.
How do you feel about Occupy in Oakland looking back?
Wish it was back.
Are you involved in political activism right now? If yes, in what way?
Yes, still go to protests and still do Chalkupy.
Naomi Pitcairn is an Oakland resident, a founder of the Fresh Juice Party, and a Chalkupier. See Chalkupy Oakland photos here: http://www.freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery/?show=slide
Reflect on a major focus this past year in our city-- take a look at Eric
Arnold's essay "Occupy Oakland: One Year Later (Analysis)" at http://bit.ly/UDv0G7. We also share with you some new Community Voices pieces that look back at the Occupy movement:
Pamela Drake: Look back at Occupy Oakland, 2011 (Community Voices) - http://bit.ly/Qk6Hab
Glenn Turner: A look back at Occupy Oakland (Community Voices) - http://bit.ly/UKjvN7
Needa Bee: Look back at Occupy Oakland 2011 (Community Voices) - http://bit.ly/W4E7xC
Naomi Pitcairn, Chalkupy/Fresh Juice Park: Look Back at Occupy Oakland 2011 - http://bit.ly/RynGpf
T Thorn Coyle: A look back at Occupy 2011 (Community Voices) http://bit.ly/W4J09T