No, not in Oakland. But I've been gripped by the Occupy demonstrations.
Last Tuesday, when Scott Olsen was brutalized by police for doing nothing, I got a bit emotional. Maybe even maternal. I care so much for this young man, who still can't talk and possibly faces brain surgery. It shut me down.
Today, Occupy Oakland called for a general strike, and I couldn't get reliable news on it until about noon. I was worried.
It was going well! There are some idiot Anarchists who want to smash and vandalize things, but the rest of the demonstrators have kept them at bay.
I'm just fascinated by the OWS point of view, and their viral success in getting international attention and... results. I wish them well. Please donate to them; it's going to be a cold winter.
As for Oakland, the city of my birth. Very badly done last week. Perhaps you can let these young people show you how it's done.
Best wishes for a full recovery to Scott.