Felix Omai: The Size of a Kitten, The Soul of Thirty Tigers
Passionate, fierce, and sharp.
Felix Omai, Southern Humboldt resident walked from our world yesterday. Or, rather, in my mind, she swaggered off with the collar of her black leather jacket turned up and a camera ready in her hands.
Probably the most important thing you need to know about Felix is that she was the size of kitten and had the soul of thirty tigers. Back in 2011, during the Occupy Movement, she and an officer had a verbal difference of opinion that ended with her being charged with resisting arrest and going to the hospital with broken ribs. (More on the story here.) Needless to say she fought the charges.
Seeing her swagger through a crowd at a Southern Humboldt gathering in my early twenties, I think I fell a little in love. Through the years, she moved into the heart of the community–KMUD, human rights, animal rights, women’s rights. She cared deeply, passionately about justice.
Cool and somewhat caustic on the outside, somehow, her rough voice conveyed her warm heart.
Goodbye, Felix. SoHum won’t be the same without you.