East Bay Clergyman Helps Launch Occupy Fremont

FREMONT (KCBS)— More than 100 people took part in the launch Occupy Fremont on Saturday after a group of local clergy members started the latest branch of the movement.

The Reverend Jeremy Nickel from Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation said he was part of the organizing group after he was inspired and arrested in the latest Occupy Oakland raid.

After his arrest in the November 14 eviction of the camp at Frank Ogawa Plaza; Nickel, a Hayward resident, decided it was time to bring the movement closer to home.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

Nickel said he initially got involved when he was on jury duty in Oakland when he walked by their Occupy encampment on a lunch break. Then he began participating in their general assemblies.

“It blew me away. It was the first time I ever got involved in a truly democratic process. It was really empowering,” Nickel said.

Protestors paid visits to the City Center and four banks that received bailouts, yet continued to foreclose on homes. Nickel said the Occupy movement was the “antidote”.

He said Occupy Fremont’s goal does not involve an encampment, but instead would opt to involve more people.

“A lot of people are on the sidelines even though their ideals match because they can’t find a safe way to get involved,” he said.

Nickels claimed his group would be a safe entry point for those wanting to get involved.

Saturday’s event ended with speeches and music at the veterans’ monument at Paseo Padre Parkway.

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  • Tours Martel

    I deeply doubt that Jesus would have demonstrated for Caesar to take more taxes to pay for people’s tuition. Charity comes from the heart, taxes are taken by force. If you don’t believe that, try not paying your taxes!

  • Barry Manifold

    Oh, occupy THIS!
    Give it a rest already.


      Are these people for real,maybe to much wacky tabacy

  • PeepsRepublik

    It is amazing how people loose their way in life. It is particularly disturbing that a member of the clergy is so misguided in his beliefs and so weak in his understand of his espoused faith that he is easily drawn into the midst of the jumbled caldron of aimless minds of the Occupy demons-trators.

  • Ray

    I’ll agree with the funny how people lose their way part of your comment.

    Apparently many people have lost their way off the path of human compassion and the defense of the right to free speech and the right to non-violent protest.
    but political ideology and the radicalized spewing of faith as a party wedge has in fact made the reasonable become dogmatic goons.

    FACT: wall street and banks in fact did rip off pensions and tax dollars by faked crisis and the invention of financial products intended to take investment monies.
    This crash is the result of bad wars, bad policies, purchased elected officials and the greed and lack of humanity being intriduced to our citizens in the name of profits and “productivity” which leaves out the humanity, but does include the profits and the lack of inclusion of the middle class.
    Greed is not a virtue, unless you are basing the success of life on the value of money over basic human dignity?

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