KQED’s Caitlin Esch was in Oakland today, capping this week’s Occupy Oakland developments. In the wake of last night’s fatal shooting near the encampment, the tent camp — and how to deal with it — was the focus of a prayer breakfast this morning with religious and community leaders.

Dozens of interfaith religious leaders joined Mayor Jean Quan at the Cathedral of Christ the Light Church this morning. Quan asked the attendees to help her bring about a peaceful resolution by going to the camp and asking people to leave peacefully.

Esch then went to the encampment, where one camper named Ali told her “We can’t stay here forever but we’re not leaving.”

  • stan chaz

    There will always be people that try to deny the right of American Citizens to have their say, and to demand change. This does not alter the basic facts: America USED to work. The people had work. The system worked. Hey, EVEN the Congress used to work (sometimes). God knows, it was far, far, far from perfect -but at least we all had some share in the struggles AND the rewards. But somewhere along the way, we lost our way. Because now we have an economy and a political system that seems to work only for the rich. What they call “trickle down economics”….leaves most of us out in the cold cold rain. We need to get back to what America was, and what it should be, and what it can be. Occupy Wall Street is no longer just a place called Zuccotti Park – Zuccotti Park is everywhere. You can beat us and arrest us and tear-gas us, you can try to “permit” us to death….but you can’t kill an idea. You can’t keep down a people’s hopes and dreams for a better life…..a life with dignity and freedom….for us, and for our kids. More power to Occupy Wall Street, as it spreads to every town and city – because OWS is us, and for us, and by us. It comes up from the grassroots, and it lifts us up in turn. With OWS America has found it’s voice, and that voice demands fairness and justice -for ALL. This land IS our land! AND WE WANT IT BACK! We want our LIVES back! We want our FUTURE back! But it’s more than just words…. it’s more than just politics…. it’s your LIFE, and how you want to live it. So why not take some time, find a quiet place somewhere, and consider this: Each of us has only one brief life….one chance….one roll of the dice….and many choices. It’s time to choose….to risk…and to act. If not now…then when? If not you, then….who? You DO have the power my friend….and the choice is yours. Don’t let your dreams die.

  • http://ksfs.sfsu.edu DISK DOKTOR

    Wow, that headline maybe should’ve been CLERGY URGES PROTESTERS TO ACCEPT DEFEAT. This is as laughable as David Brooks’ comment on the PBS Newshour. He said something to the effect that the Occupy movement lacks any legitimacy due to its lack of visible leadership. On the contrary, I believe that the Occupy movement’s lack of visible leadership is a shrewd tactical decision. Leaders that aren’t visible can’t be targeted by police or local government.


Kelly Wilkinson

Kelly Wilkinson is a radio journalist living in San Francisco. You can hear her reporting frequently on KQED FM and The California Report. In addition to covering California and Bay Area news, Kelly writes the (mostly) crafty blog Make Grow Gather. There she chronicles her love of making things like lemon curd from foraged fruit, spray-painted lampshades and cut felt placemats. The projects she creates are regularly picked up by national websites and magazines. Kelly grew up in a renovated barn in Virginia and is constantly trying to bring a little bit of her rural upbringing to her now-urban life. By day, she catches the N-Judah out the front door. By weekend, she tends bees and grows vegetables in the backyard.

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