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YMCA, Autism, & Why Mental Health IS an Issue for Occupy
by Nate Pitts (Autism Liberation Now)
Robert Wilkes, the YMCA East Bay President and CEO is attempting to say that those including myself, an Autistic person, are felons who aided in a burglary of the YMCA, as part of a plan to use the center and its staff as "a human shield". His explanation of events is untrue. I am not ashamed to say that I was scared of being kettled by the Oakland Police. I was in a trapped situation and had a panic attack. The police gave no dispersal order, and no way out of their blockade, nor was any dispersal order given. I asked the YMCA to please let me in because I was scared. The YMCA staff unlocked the doors, and opened them on their own accord.

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