The story in a nutshell: four tree-sitters protesting the removal of an 80-foot redwood tree for the construction of a sports complex on the campus of UC-Berkeley finally came down, after 21 months up there, and only because scaffolding had been constructed that allowed police to physically remove them. They were prompted arrested and the tree was taken down.
So what was accomplished in those 21 months? The tree-sitters claim that they accomplished an agreement by the university to form a Land Use Committee to give students and the community a voice in university land use decisions. University spokespeople deny the existence of any such agreement or committee.
So was this just a media event? And to what end, exactly? Help me out here, coz this Easterner is totally not getting it.
Here’s my source, and the link there to the original newspaper article may or may not work and I don’t know why (it worked the first two times I used it but not thereafter). If it works you’ll see dramatic photos and a video of the tree-sitter-removal.
Photo: yours truly outside my childhood home in Bon Air, Virginia.Posted by Susan Harris on October 18, 2008 at 12:27 pm, in the category What's Happening.