My mother, who participated in the People's Park riot while pregnant with me*, tells the following story:

The National Guard were trying to quell the crowd at one point. Through the bullhorns, they declaimed, "IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA..."

They got no further, as the crowd shouted back, "We ARE the people of California."

In 1969, she was so worked up about the Park that she wrote an entire essay on it for an American revolutionary history class. Her professor was so worked up about the issue that he gave her an A.

In 1990, she said, "They should have paved over the damn park."

Boomers. Go figure.

*this makes me the youngest People's Park rioter, a fact I kept very quiet about when I went to Berkeley in the 1980's.