At the University of California-Berkeley, Save a Tree and Stop an Earthquake?

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Yesterday, an Alameda County judge's ruling protected 26 live oak trees from removal by the University of California-Berkeley (which wants to build an athletic center in their place) until at least June, the Daily Californian reports. The removal had to be delayed, because the judge accepted a case arguing that construction of the center would violate state environmental and seismic safety laws.

Students and activists--including one the Daily Cal photographed yesterday who called herself Compost--had been sitting by the trees since early December.

So, who are these tree-sitters, really? Check out this video documentary, in which a small girl says the trees can talk and an older man admits he is reliving his Free Speech Movement glory days.