The day before yesterday, the finance committee posted here on OO’s website that there was a meeting, yesterday, October 17th, at Awaken Cafe at 6pm. Curious about the rumors that have been circulating, I decided to go because I really want the finance committee to have a chance to counter those rumors, to explain their side of the story.
I have never asked for money from Occupy Oakland but do feel myself to be a part of it as I have participated in many protests, paid bail, put money on commissaries, donated food, gone to court support and maintained Chalkupy at OO plaza where we have fed people and disseminated information. I am only taking an interest now, because truth is very important to me and because I feel a certain responsibility.
If money that could be going to good causes isn’t, then that’s a problem. If people are being unfairly accused of mismanaging money, that’s a problem. I don’t know that what is the case, but that’s the problem. I don’t KNOW anything. Nobody seems to know WHO the finance committee is.
We need a transparency. 99% of OO was not at the meeting. In fact, what was going on was a fundraiser for an anti-plastics initiative that seemed really great but wasn’t what I was there for. I checked SF Pizza twice. Nobody was there. I also went to the plaza. No Finance Committee.
I have nothing against any of my comrades. But this is weird and we need to get to the bottom of it. No?