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Meditators arrested in Occupy Oakland protest



Protestors meditate as police move in to arrest them at the Occupy Oakland encampment.

At least a dozen spiritual leaders were arrested in the evacuation of Occupy Oakland on Monday morning as they sat in a candlelit circle in front of the camp’s interfaith tent, according to Salon.com‘s Emily Loftis. They were among 32 people arrested by riot police.

“They wanted to hold the sacred space and be a peaceful presence,” said Jon Jackson, deacon at the First Congregational Church of Oakland, a camp participant who chose not to be arrested. According to witnesses, the arrested included Kurt Khuwald, a professor at the Starr King seminary in Berkeley, Father Joseph Vitale, who has been arrested many times before, and Marcus Leifert, a seminary student at Starr King.


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Comment from Ryan Graves
Time: November 15, 2011, 2:26 pm

In other photos there is a young woman with the two men in these photos. That woman is my little sister. I am very proud of her for getting arrested willingly for what she believes in.


Comment from Bodhipaksa
Time: November 16, 2011, 9:35 am

I’m proud of your sister, too. It’s a shame your sister wasn’t in the photos I found. Can you link me to one she’s in?

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