Berkeley’s People’s Park Activists Remember
by Steed Dropout
May 25, 2014
“I’M SURE IT WOULDN’T INTEREST ANYBODY OUTSIDE A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS” —PHIL OCHS
A small, but dedicated, circle of friends remembered Gina Sasso, 49 at the time of her death three years ago. They met, Saturday, at Berkeley’s historic Caffe Mediterraneum, a Sasso haunt.
As police and EMTs rallied to the assistance of a disabled homeless man outside the cafe, Saturday, Sasso was honored for her dedication to Berkeley’s disabled and her dedication to nearby People’s Park.
The event was sponsored by Sasso’s husband, Michael Delacour and her stepson Dusk Delacour.
After Michael Delacour’s intimate recounting of his life with his wife, Sasso, and a viewing of related photographs, park activists held an ad hoc meeting of the park steering committee.
Led by B.O.S.S.’ Michael Diehl, celebrants suggested improvements in the park. B.O.S.S. is a Berkeley community outreach agency.
Diehl told me Sasso was, at the time of her death, on her way to becoming a homeless advocate (with Diehl) at B.O.S.S. Berkeley’s homeless crisis has, if possible worsened. “Gina could have made a difference,” Diehl said.
I’m sure it wouldn’t interest anybody outside a small circle of friends.