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By Lauren Paulson, Guest Columnist 

You could see it in her eyes. She is a beautiful young woman. How could I know that when she had a surgical pandemic mask on? I could see it in her eyes. 

It was early afternoon in Brookings, on a Sunday. For that reason and due to the health scare, few were in the square. There isn’t much of an intersection at the main one in Brookings looking north on Highway 101. It didn’t take much to swallow up four gals with Black Lives Matter signs at this vacant intersection. Yet this stallion in his diesel pick-up had the accelerator pedal to the point where it made maximum black smoke to engulf any and all protesters at this sidewalk shelf.   

I looked at her knowingly. “He did that on purpose, didn't he?" She nodded. “There are plenty of the far-right here,” said she. I smiled.  

A week earlier there were a few more here and a bigger organized effort. A gallant young woman was in charge of both efforts. Organized on Facebook, apparently. 

Just now, Michael Moore appeared on the radio being interviewed by Cornel West. They agreed women are the linchpin of more activism at the Street Roots. Not long ago, the author of "The Big Short," Michael Lewis, said the same thing adamantly in an interview about his famous book on the meltdown. We need more women in charge of things was the clear clarion call by these two notable authors.  

The harbinger of Occupy Wall Street started the same way with the same savory flavor. You can just tell when things are different. If you care to notice, there are Occupy mavens near and far. They are slowly oozing back onto the small stage. I look for more there soon. Hello, Brian Willson!! 

Look for these young women with the straight backs and you will be onto something. I am sure. It is in their eyes.  

LAUREN PAULSON of Brookings is the son of an immigrant from Sweden whose father became a logger in the Tillamook forest. He's also a U.S. Army veteran and graduate of University of Oregon. He serves as a Commissioner of the Coos-Curry Housing Authority and can be found reading his poetry at the Chetco Community Library. 

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