Here's what I saw when I walked and stood with OA on that day. There was a lot going on. But it was no lynch mob. Some folks were being rowdy even provocative. Others were in a circle of prayer. Which group do most people enjoy talking about?
And on whose side were the most provocative demonstrators really? Who were they working for? OA? APD? FBI? Tea Party?
That OA is leaderless is easily seen in this single thread of a blog. Read over it and you see all the abuse thrown at Tim Franzen. Tim, I feel for you man.
The Pitts probably followed the old plantation route to their undoing. They probably had bills to pay. They borrowed money. It's a cycle as old as history. They sold their souls to a leglalized ponzi scheme.
A lot of what's going on with many of us is that we know something is terribly wrong and we don't quite know what to do about. All previous efforts to address the underlying problems have failed. something must be done. Let's meet together and talk about and try to articulate what to do.
In this shelter, like in other humanitarian efforts in so many places, efforts to promote and expand its services are naturally vulnerable to misrepresentation by the 1%. What OA is doing in my mind is similar to trying to get an alcoholic to talk about his drinking problem.
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