If anyone wants to see the new power in Oakland, just look at the incredible production of media driven by the amazing activity of protestors involved in the Occupy Oakland / Occupy Wall Street movement.
While mainstream media reporters unfairly focus on the actions of a few Occupy Oakland / Occupy Wall Street people, what they miss – as usual – is the rise of Oakland’s new young political demographic. It’s generally between 21 and 31, more white, but well-mixed, college educated, and a fascinating mix of the liberal and libertarian at the same time. Obama supporters who can stand Ron Paul, mixed with Ron Paul supporters who can stand President Obama.
What all of these activist have in common is the idea that something is very wrong with the World, and this is their chance to be known and seen.
And Oakland, from elected officials, to older hands, finds it all fascinating.