Berkeley's New Plan to Fight Left-Wing Violence: "Laughter Yoga"


Berkeley is planning to set up areas for people to fence with sponge noodles or practice laughter yoga in an effort to stop outbreaks of violence.

In the past few months the UC has been the epicenter of free speech wars. 

In February, the campus erupted into bloody fights when protesters fought each other and destroyed property during Milo Yiannopoulos' visit. 

After that, multiple demonstrations ended with clashes between differing political groups.

To stop these fights, it was proposed by Downtown Berkeley Association CEO John Cainer to have "quiet conversations" with the anarchists and ask them to stop committing acts of violence.

He said this in an email to Mayor Jesse Arreguin and chief of staff Brandi Campbell.

“Do you think there is a possibility of having quiet conversations with leftist activist groups to see is they would be willing to stand down and not show up for May 2 and/or other events?"

City volunteer commissioner Phoebe Sorgen suggested they organize a "peace force".

“Envision Wavy Gravy, bubbles, singing, laughter yoga! Occupella. Buddhist Peace Meditators. Fencing with sponge noodles...will Edwin set up the Empathy tent? How about a volleyball game in the middle of the park and/or a square dance? Will Code Pink pls bring peace symbol cookies to pass out, and daisies.”


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