1. Last Saturday, an offensive, irresponsible and dangerous article titled
“Occupational Awareness” was posted on the OO Media web site. Occupy
Oakland denounces the article. The article contains personal attacks on an
individual in Occupy Oakland that are untrue and unsubstantiated, and that
are extremely dangerous to him and to the movement. The article appeals
and legitimates a fantasy of “terrorist threat” that has consistently been
used by the state to repress and silence protest, and to create false
“enemies,” and uses classic racist tactics of racial profiling to do so.
This article is not only a serious danger to the person attacked, it is a
danger to our movement and it requires immediate action.
2. As the authors of the article used their position within the Media
committee to prominently feature and promote the article, and continue to
defend the article, this committee should be immediately disbanded and a
new committee formed.
3. All resources from the OO Media committee will be shut down and/or
control handed over to the new committee. This includes all email lists
and Facebook discussion groups, OO Media phone number, the OO Media
Twitter account and the OO Media web site at hellaoccupyoakland.org. The
new Media committee will work with the web committee and others to
resurrect the articles from the OO Media web site and make them available
in some form, excluding the “Occupational Awareness“ article and the
“Clarification” article which furthered the accusations.
4. The new Media committee will only be responsible for responding to
outside media inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org and helping other
committees send out press releases and setup press conferences. The Media
committee will no longer have an official public web site, Twitter, or
public Facebook separate from the official Occupy Oakland versions of
these. Nobody who is currently in the Media committee will be allowed to
be a member of the new committee for the time being. Members of the media committee will adhere to the resolutions of the General Assembly.