THE OSCAR GRANT PLAZA GAZETTE
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Day 10.
“the commons is back”
FROM A COMRADE
Via Twitter: “The occupiers should not be trying to build a constituency;
they should be reorganizing social relations. Oakland seems to get this.”
(a small sampling of) Today’s Events/Workshops
8AM Yoga (every day!)
1PM Race, Class, Gender
1-3 PM Occupation Movement Meeting
3–5 PM Surviving Radical Demos Training
Come out to Oscar Grant Plaza for a direct action training focused on staying safe in
the face of police violence.
4-5 PM Black Panther Party Member Speaks
5-6 PM Black Panther Commemorator Editor Speaks
7 PM General Assembly
THIS IS A MODEL OF THE SOCIETY WE WANT
Late last night there was an impromptu meeting called at the amphitheatre, around creating a system for handling/providing care for individuals who might be constantly disruptive in the camp. Also discussed was the need for a direct plan to defend the camp against police violence. Some individuals expressed that a plan was already in place, but as we change & grow every day, there seems to be a need for this to be repeated, clarified. Come to today’s General Assembly and participate in decision-making!
Anyone else feeling urgency for mass meditation in the space, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Yin Yoga?
A grounding practice that will help us STAY in place when we need to support one another and STAY when we need to resist the police? The energy is getting hot, and anyone who feels like they have a resource, this might be the time to bring it up. Let’s love and protect one another!
**The Oscar Grant Plaza Gazette aims to be a voice & record of the historic Occupy Oakland movement, part of a national & international movement of resistance. Please consider writing your thoughts, reflections, opinions, and what you’ve seen — you are part of this movement & we want to get your words out there !
“As for cooption, there will indeed be many attempts to take over or manipulate the movement. But I don’t think they’ll have a very easy time of it. From the beginning the occupation movement has been resolutely antihierarchical and participatory. General assembly decisions are scrupulously democratic and most decisions are taken by consensus —
a process which can sometimes be unwieldy, but which has the merit of making any manipulation practically impossible. In fact, the real threat is the other way around: The example of participatory democracy ultimately threatens all hierarchies and social divisions, including those between rank-and-file workers and their union bureaucracies, and between political parties and their constituents. Which is why so many politicians and union bureaucrats are trying to jump on the bandwagon. That is a reflection of our strength, not of our weakness. (Cooption happens when we are tricked into riding in their wagons.) “
~~~ HIGHEST PRIORITY LISTED
AT TOP / IN CAPITAL LETTERS
~~~ NO NEED TO CONTACT
US FIRST, JUST BRING IT ON DOWN TO THE SUPPLY TENT AT OSCAR GRANT PLAZA,
14TH AND BROADWAY
** buy used goods wherever possible!!!!! and be
thoughtful about who/ what businesses you patronize…
HOT LIST : PLEASE BRING ALL SUPPLIES TO THE SUPPLY TENT FIRST
First aid: bottled water, hand sanitizer, pain killers, single serving Neosporin. If you know what medical chucks are, we need them.
Camping: tents, tarps, warm clothes, clean socks, blankets, sleeping bags.
Gen purpose/ multiple needs. Tables and chairs for outdoor use, Rechargeable batteries and chargers, harpies, easy up/ shade tents, duct tape, masking tape, walkie talkies, 3 generators for medic, media and food tents.
Kitchen: fresh fruit, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries. already prepared/ready to serve foods, pb and jelly, condiments – mayo, ketchup, mustard. Ice in the morning.
Arts and crafts: signmaking materials — poster board and markers, brushes, (we do have paint). Lanterns, tables. Kids zone: healthy snacks, water bottles with sports top, juice boxes, sunscreen, walkie talkies, emergency c’s, handwashing station, actual metal cutlery
Media/tech/communications: mac with finalcut pro, laptops, cell phones, terrabyte firewire drive, for storage, mobile power units.
Raheim Brown Free School: outdoor-friendly bookshelves, book racks, books on Oakland history, ex-large whiteboard, label maker, clipboards, pens, stamp for book
Need a volunteer to pick up & deliver hay bales. Hay bales can be got from Golden Gate Race Track, $8/bale, go before 3pm to get them, tell the guard that’s what you’re there for.
PRINTING AND COPYING
Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop a hard copy by the information tent at Oscar Grant Plaza. We will endeavor to publish all materials received. For the purposes of collective self-defense we will reserve the right to decline to run materials which would render us legally liable.