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"Veteran activists join tree protest
Article Last Updated: 01/23/2007 02:36:19 AM PST
BERKELEY — Two of the three women are older than the tree itself, but that didn't stop them Monday from climbing into a historic oak they are desperately trying to save.
Wearing sensible shoes and ear-to-ear smiles, Berkeley City Councilmember Betty Olds, 86; Save the Bay founder Sylvia McLaughlin, 90, and former Berkeley Mayor Shirley Dean, 71, climbed a metal ladder into an 80-year-old coast live oak Monday morning.
"Together we have nearly 250 years of political experience ... nobody's going to cut us down and nobody is going to cut the oaks down," said Dean, standing on a wooden platform that had been secured between tree branches.
A group of protesters took to the trees in early December when the University of California, Berkeley, announced it would raze more than three dozen trees to make room for a new $125 million sports training facility, parking lot and offices next to Memorial Stadium. "
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There's something to be said for waking up and just acting on what you think is right in the face of a culture that has a lot of "wrongs" in it. I feel better knowing that the world still has lots and lots of people just like these ladies in it.
I hope I can, and will still WANT, drag myself up a tree to fight the good fight when I'm 90! Rock on grandma's!
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