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Explanation of the Spoof Mayor’s Letter

On Friday, October 28, 2011, a letter from the mayor of Oakland was circulated that apologized for police repression of Occupy Oakland and declared support for the upcoming general strike.  And much more. A website that was an exact replica of the official Oakland city site went up and had the prank as the top story.  This website has now been forced down, so the text of the prank is provided below. This prank was done to provide a strong focus on the most important questions about the general strike, … Continued


Mayor says sorry, comes out in support of general strike.

Check out the top story at Jean Quan Honorable Mayor of Oakland To the Citizens of Oakland As mayor of Oakland it is my great relief to make this announcement to the public. First of all, I offer my sincere apology for ordering the violent repression of the Occupy Oakland encampment in front of city hall in the morning of Tuesday, October 25, 2011. It reached the height of absurdity to use the rationale of public health and safety to justify this, and I have had a change of … Continued