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First Friday, Occupy, and the fucking pigs

What a thriving local economy looks like

First Friday/Art Murmer has grown over the course of years, from a small subculture gathering to an internationally renowned event. Living a stone’s throw from it’s epicenter I had an intimate familiarity with the monthly event from its earliest days, but no personal interest. It was an exhibition of what many call Hipster Gentrification, and found myself culturally disinclined. I’m grateful for any activity on that stretch of Telegraph, which was dangerously dark and inactive before a building owner, Haig Mardikian, implemented a strategy to improve the area by cultivating … Continued

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Hundreds Hear Angela Davis, Elaine Brown, Barbara Becnel, and Kevin Cooper at Occupy4Prisoner Benefit

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What a night!  A benefit fundraiser for Occupy4Prisoners on March 1st brought in a crowd of between 300-350 people. In addition to the screening of the newly released documentary, Broken On All Sides, the program consisted of music, an introduction by the Truth Mob, and a line up of eloquent speakers, including Barbara Becnel, Elaine Brown, and Angela Davis.   Statements from incarcerated individuals, giving voice to those behind walls,  included a call-in from Kevin Cooper on San Quentin’s death row. It was an triumphant night that exceeded  expectations, and left … Continued

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Angela Davis to Speak at Occupy4Prisoners Benefit – Grand Lake Theater, Oakland – Thursday, March 1, 2012 – 7:00 PM

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Angela Davis, Elaine Brown, and Barbara Becnel will speak about the prison industrial complex during the program accompanying the showing of the evening’s film. Statements of incarcerated people will also be be featured, and will be read aloud by others. Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration, and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S. is a recently released documentary that takes us inside the prison system, exposing the racism and brutality at its core.  The film features Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in … Continued

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Occupy4Prisoners Fundraiser – Grand Lake Theater, Oakland – Thursday, March 1, 2012 – 7:00 PM

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On March 1st, 2012, the Grand Lake Theater is showing  the newly released documentary Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration, and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S. This revealing film takes us inside the broken prison system and features Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. “Broken On All Sides is a compelling documentary addressing racial inequities within our criminal justice system and its devastating collateral consequences.” – James E. Williams, Jr. When: Thursday, March 1, 2012, 7:00 PM … Continued

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[Passed at 1/13/2012 GA] Buy Local Proposal

The Occupy Oakland TAC, Media Committee and LBL (Local Business Liaison) Committee propose a boycott of corporate shopping and credit card use, and a show of solidarity with local, independent businesses.  Money that is spent locally, especially when using cash, check, or Oakland Gift Card, keeps more money in our own community and out of the hands of corporate elite. Most local indie business owners are the 99%, our proven allies.   Many of them support the goals of Occupy Oakland.  Some are active supporters, donating food, infrastructure, services, and space … Continued

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Grand Lake Theater’s #OO Fundraiser a Great Success

Thanks to the Grand Lake Theater and the fun and lively crowd that came out on Tuesday night, the # OO benefit was a great success, raising over $6,200 for Occupy Oakland on Tuesday, December 13, 2011.   Attendees enjoyed two special screenings of the 2006 film, “V for Vendetta.” Still energized by the Port Shutdown success of the previous day, the crowd was animated.  Cheers went up in the audience in response to classic lines like, “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of … Continued

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Local Businesses Publicly Supporting Occupy Oakland

LOCAL BUSINESSES PUBLICLY SUPPORTING OCCUPY OAKLAND When you’re deciding which businesses to support with your spending dollars, please consider whether they are operating in a way that helps the community, and if they are supporting Occupy Oakland.  The following local, independent Oakland businesses stand with Occupy Oakland.  They have signed a petition that states: “We support Occupy Oakland in its pursuit of social and economic justice for the 99%”   Rising Loafer Cafe     130 Ogawa/Grant Plaza     510-836-8712 Sankofa     120 Ogawa/Grant Plaza     510-444-0149 Everett & Jones … Continued

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Survey finds Occupy Oakland has had positive or neutral Impact on 80% of Small Businesses near Plaza with 20% reporting a negative impact. Local Business Liaison seeking to help.

Survey Finds Occupy Oakland Has Had Positive or neutral Impact on 80% of Small Businesses near Plaza with 20% reporting a negative impact. Local Business Liaison Seeking to Help. (Click here to see the write up in the Oakland by Eric Arnold about this survey released on December 8, 2011.  Feel free to leave a comment of support in response to the “Trolls” who have been making some negative comments.) Oakland, California – 12/7/11 – Occupy Oakland’s Local Business Liaison (LBL) is a group composed of small business owners, organizers, … Continued

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Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater to hold special benefit film night for Occupy Oakland on December 13.

Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater announced today that it will hold a special benefit film night for Occupy Oakland on December 13.  This is the first time that a local business has hosted a major fundraiser for the Occupy Oakland movement. The movie “V for Vendetta” will be shown at 7:35 p.m. and 10:00 p.m on Tuesday, December 13.  The film is a 2006 sci-fi thriller depicting freedom fighters battling a totalitarian state.  There will be free popcorn and the organ will be played before this special benefit event.  All ticket proceeds will be given … Continued

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