• Early Monday morning the encampment at Snow Park was successfully evicted by Police, no arrests reported
• Early Sunday morning the new encampment at 19th & Telegraph was cleared by Police, no arrests reported
Here is a video that includes the initial occupation of the empty lot on Saturday evening as well as a report the next morning following the raid:
• On Sunday afternoon, Police, private security & DPW workers destroyed the garden planted in Oscar Grant Plaza during the Saturday Day of Action
More info regarding the attack on Occupy Oakland’s new community garden from the gardening working group:
We wanted to thank every person for their support and presence yesterday at the garden party. It felt so amazing to see all of your faces and to see the motivation! We wanted to write an email to you this evening telling you the garden was still up. A member went to the plaza around 2pm this afternoon and the garden was still looking beautiful! We were very excited to send out the email tonight with that in mind, however, we returned to the garden at 4pm this afternoon to find city workers and police throwing all the veggie starts, dirt and planter boxes into a dump truck.
There were members of the community already present who moved all the potted plants away from the scene, so those were saved. A few members sat next to the remaining box, so we saved those starts too. Some people tried to talk to the police during and after the truck left, and NO officer was willing to speak on behalf of the disrespectful decisions the city made.
The day before, Sat the 19th a member spoke to an officer who took our contact information, they expressed we were more than happy to open up a dialogue with the city/public works to work out garden plans in the plaza. That in fact, those plans were already in process; we had potential plans to meet with public works next tues or wed. The member told him to please contact us so we could all talk before any physical decisions were made regarding our community garden. At the very least to contact us so we would have a chance to remove or relocate our garden before it was taken. We were not contacted by anyone, they destroyed our personal property with out fair warning, and there was no accountable rep. on site to speak with the community about this action.
We are deciding the next move right now and would love your input or suggestions. We are proposing to reestablish a new garden and have an organized “sit in” to protect it. Anyone is welcome to come and show support. We will confirm this decision within next day, after we receive your feedback and or possible garden meeting. Currently, plan of action is to get the word out. Please contact your city and express your views on this issue, file a complaint with the city of oakland police and Public Works. Video link below, please show public, better video will be sent soon. contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public works #615-5566
Oakland city hall
city attorney office
citizen review board
PIO media relations, for police dep.
Thanks again, we will continue to touch base with everyone. we love you!