Everyone is encouraged to come to People’s Park Friday, March 27th, beginning at 6:00 AM throughout the entire day, as the scheduled tree cutting will last until 3.
At 6AM Thursday morning, the Professional Tree Care Company arrived at People’s Park accompanied by the Berkeley Police Department. They surrounded the area with orange fencing and brought their wood chippers in. Over the course of the day, the work crew proceeded to begin chopping down three oak trees and a few other trees including a plum sapling. A UC landscape architect named David A. Johnson watched over the whole affair pointing out which trees should be cut down.
At noon several defenders arrived at the park. They watched as limbs were severed from a perfectly healthy tree. We yelled at David Johnson as he directed the workers and handed out fliers explaining why they were cutting down the trees. Soon after he was confronted and tried to excuse himself saying “I was defending people’s park pulling up concrete in 1969.” We told him plainly that he sold out and there should at least have been a meeting with the community about the trees. He went back and forth about how many trees were scheduled to be cut down but we confirmed with other sources that the total was 29 over the weekend.
As workers used their cherry picker to begin cutting down branches one of the defenders stood under the branch being cut and the worker yelled for them to get out but the defender refused. The worker stopped and came down to tell management to call over the nearby police. Soon the cops biked over and told the activists to move from under the tree but the defender refused while saying it was their legal right to be on the side walk. The arborist went to cut down a different tree but the same thing happened there as well. We mournfully watch as a plum sapling was uprooted by a tow rope pulling the whole tree straight into the chipper. As more people began to show up in opposition to the project, management decided to call it a day and pack up. After the landscaper David Johnson told the cops to make sure no homeless people slept within the fence line saying that the bedding of mulch was for the trees not the people.
People will be meeting at the People’s Park stage at 9 PM Thursday evening to discuss possible next steps. We strongly encourage everyone to come by People’s Park tomorrow at 6 AM to prevent further damage to the park. Everyone is encouraged to come to People’s Park tomorrow throughout the entire day, as the scheduled tree cutting will last until 3.
In the meantime, here are some numbers to call and ask that the park not be desecrated:
David A. Johnson (Assistant Director, Project Management)
Christine Shaff (UC Berkeley Real Estate)
A Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA) employee (now fired) attacked a homeless person some days ago. The DBA has essentially declared war on the homeless in downtown Berkeley, pushing the City Council to enact and enforce ordinances meant to criminalize the homeless.
A call has gone out to protest the DBA as a result of the incident caught on video below (trigger warning):
police killing is a problem…. and we are starting to realize it. but we need to come out and show that realization, show our frustration…. I don’t know were we’re marching exactly, something like the millions march, I just hope people show up and we take it from there.
theres too many names to list here of all the dead but here are a few. RIP DAVID BREMER RIP OSCAR GRANT RIP ERIC GARNER AND ERIC DORNER, RIP THE WHITE N TRANSGENDER KILLED RIP THE MENTALLY DISABLED WHO ARE KILLED RIP KELLY THOMAS RIP THE MISSING 43, REMEMBER MR PATEL THE INDIAN MAN BEATEN IN MADISON, RIP SHAIMAA AL-SABBAGH!RIP TO ALL AROUND THE WORLD.
I don’t care for looting or destruction of property, were coming for the police… not anybody else… nobodys mom and pop OR whole foods has done shit to us… so lets not break their stuff.
all I have left to say is this poem I wrote about police brutality…I hope it means something to somebody…
Im sick of people dying
Im sick of people dying as you can guess just from the title,
I hope that people hit the streets and attempts iv made are vital,
I try to hit the heart say “its your boy were fighting for”, n people say they’ll come today but never come I scorn, I really hold resentment about the way that people talk, cause then when it comes down to it they don’t fuckin walk the walk….to me its really simple as I look around the world, Bahrain and Gaza/Israel the CAR abroad, Remember Ali Baddah, n FREE Nabeel Rajab and watch for things to escalate the Kurds just want auton, the shits short for autonomy, we want it all the same, so viva Kurdistan and all resistance to the state, resistance to oppression, and resistance to ideas, that land kids just walking home in mourges with grieving peoples, im talking bout the boy, 14 and walking home, n Turkish Special Forces shot him n no not in the dome, they shot him in the heart, and it went out through his spine, n what he did was nothing, he didn’t do a crime, he just really didn’t know that there were soldiers on the line, n that on his way from work hed turn that corner n a dime, it seems it was the wrong corner n BOOM the rifle shot, and now I sit here as a mourner my moral begins to rot, but I remember that the struggle cant be brought down by the evil, the shit we struggle hard against so please bring out the people, Im sick of people dying as you can tell just from the title, so FUCK THE PEOPLE KILLING US ill say it with a smile….
I hope ALL types show up wear black for the fallen, this IS everybodys problem…lets show them we get that. power to the people VIVA LA REVOLUCION!
- March to OUSD HQ at 1000 Broadway.
- Better Contracts for Students and Teachers.
- Keep Public Schools Public.
- Hard Caps for Special Eduction.
- Money for School Sites not Upper Administration.
- Counselors not Cops.
Since April 10th 2012, Oakland and Stockton have become one in the fight against police brutality. Donnie Smith-Downs has gone coast to coast in support of victims of police killing. She has shown us that solidarity is an action word by her presence in the fight against police brutality and the militarization of local police departments. Her son James Rivera was shot with an AR-15, piercing his body leaving holes the size of tennis balls.
Since 4/10 /12 Stockton has had a number of police killings, and momma Dionne has become a source of strength for those families in her community. The justice for James Rivera coalition over the past few years have been able to spread the word about the racism in Stockton police department that the department of justice is giving 6 cities funding to combat racism in, and Stockton is one of them. Show your solidarity with Dionne Smith-Downs as she fights for others in her community. Let’s imitate what her and Cyndi Mitchell have shown us.
Rally and March will begin at 12:30 PM at Eden Park, Stockton.
Stop Business as Usual.
No School! No Work!
Say No More! To The System Giving a Green Light to Killer Cops!
On April 15, join the Fight for $15 and be part of the largest low-wage worker protests in modern American history.
There is a crisis in America. Working families have endured decades of stagnant incomes. We are increasingly forced to choose between keeping a roof over our heads, paying our bills or feeding our kids.
Meanwhile, the corporations we work for have record profits and their executives earn ever-increasing salaries.
On April 15, here in the Bay Area, families, workers, people of faith, students, artists, leaders, and community supporters will be taking to the streets to say that “We won’t stand for this.”
A more detailed master outline to come. The master outline will include detailed agendas that will breakdown; time, addresses, speakers, and logistics of each location.
In the wake of the recent unjust murders of Dontre Hamilton, Corey Stingley, Derek Williams, Brandon Johnson, Larry Jenkins, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and so many more at the hands of police officers and racist vigilantes, people in cities across the nation have risen up to demand Justice in their communities. For every individual killed, there is a mother who has suffered a loss greater than any one person should have to bear. We, the mothers of this movement, are calling on all concerned community members to join us in our fight. Together we unite to stand against police brutality and racial injustice and to demonstrate our love and determination to protect our children and our country. On May 9th, 2015, Mother’s Day Weekend, The Mothers for Justice United will march on the US Department of Justice in our nation’s capitol, Washington DC. Will you stand with us?
“My name is Maria Hamilton and I am Dontre Hamilton’s mother. I am overwhelmed bearing the loss of my son to police brutality. I ask with a humble heart – Join us in Washington on Mother’s Day as we take this fight directly to our elected officials. We need you.” – Maria Hamilton, Founder of Mothers for Justice United.
Mothers for Justice United is an organization of mothers whose unarmed children have been killed by police officers and white vigilantes. It is also comprised of concerned mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends, clergy, and other citizens nationwide who care about the loss of these valuable lives cut short unnecessarily. We are committed to halting the epidemic of the killing of unarmed people of color by police and white vigilantes in this country through direct action, legislation, and community building.
If you know of any mothers in your own community who have lost loved ones to police brutality and racist violence and you think they may be interested in joining us on Mother’s Day, please let us know. We are working to raise funds and to secure transportation and housing for the moms to be able to make this trip. We are also in search of people to help us in our endeavor by organizing and spreading the word in your own communities
Global Unity for a Sustainable Future.
Come dressed as your favorite pollinator (Bees, Butterflies, Etc)
During the early hours of October 25, 2011, hundreds of violent police officers stormed into Occupy Oakland’s home base at Oscar Grant Plaza, near city hall, to evict protesters & to remove their belongings. 96 of our comrades were arrested after the cops used tear gas, flash-bang grenades and less-than-lethal munitions to subdue the crowd.
Occupy Oakland’s spirit was not damaged, we were emboldened and radicalized as thousands returned that afternoon to stand up and fight back. Unforgettably, so did the p…olice. The battle for the plaza went on into the night, turning downtown Oakland into what looked like a war zone. Hot canisters of tear gas flew through the air, rubber bullets crashed into the bodies of our fellow occupiers, one hitting an Iraq war veteran in the head, putting his life in serious danger.
This year we say, FIGHT BACK! Let’s re-converge and re-claim our home!
Meet at Oscar Grant Plaza at 3PM for an open forum to discuss how to effectively combat state and police oppression before the 7PM FTP march on OPD. Let’s show these pigs we will never back down in the face of violent oppression!
After the march, let’s hold down the plaza all night and continue our conversations on how to better serve our community and how to empower each other to stand up and fight back against the OPD street gang who puts so many Oaklanders in danger.
Please join us for a day of discussion on how to effectively combat
state and police oppression on October 25th at Oscar Grant Plaza (City Hall) at 3PM.
Schedule of events:
- Converge on OGP at 3 PM to begin the open forum
- Dinner/break out groups at 5 PM
- FTP March at 7 PM
- Occupy OGP and continue conversations all night.
Please bring: Tents, warm clothes, shields, a defensive attitude and hella friends!
Added 10/16/12 –
Roughly 10 organizers for this event have been meeting regularly to make sure this night is a success, meaning no arrests or casualties. Knowing that we cannot and will not control autonomous actions & respecting the various forms of anger within those who will be participating, we would like to make it clear that un-targeted property damage is not part of the plan and is discouraged in the interest of extending our presence past the march. This is not to say that a second autonomous march later in the night is out of the question.
Rather than the tactic of smashing, this night would be a great time to exercise our defensive tactics. (Bring shields, “tools of violence,” work together and act smart!)
There are multiple goals to achieve through this action including, holding space through out the night, calling out OPD violence in a very public way & celebrating our unity against oppression.
The march will make stops at various downtown locations where the OPD has shown their ugly side against dissenters. We would like to stop at each location and project video and images of what the police have done to us there, on the walls of a near by building or on our mobile slide show screen. Calling out OPD is such a public way will be a huge win for the Occupy Oakland community by showing the general public what true violence is.
The march will then end at one of three undisclosed locations where we will hold that space through out the night. Remember to bring items that will help you accomplish this goal: Warm clothes, blankets, tents… (For those bringing small easy to erect tents, it would be awesome to see them go up on the return end of the march, and held high above our heads as we zero in on our target.)
See you all on the 25th & seriously, FUCK THE POLICE!