General Assembly

Open Letter to the Smashy Community,

Dear assorted hooligans, vandals, and other such free associating ruckus types, Understanding this is being read by police, especially Sean Whent (aka Top Cop!), pardon the length. When we say “Diversity Of Tactics” we’re not talking about voting, boycotting, marching, or writing firmly worded letters to the editor. When anyone says diversity of tactics, they are talking about you, you spray painting, wheat pasting, window smashing, cop car stomping, tear gas huffing, rubber bullet chewing, brick chucking, police fucking, champions of liberation through chaos… or is it chaos through liberation? … Continued


Open Letter To The Business Community


Dear comrades, First, for the plebs in room, let us specify who we are. We are Oakland Grown, NoBAWC, retailers, street vendors, weed merchants, sex workers, entrepreneurs, artists, and proles of every collar. We are anarchists, communists, feminists, radicals, queer, PoC, and we are from here. As a community, we are proven allies, even after getting smashed and looted in the chaos of the movement. Those of us who have been able to survive the impact of vandalism, looting, and riotous cops who fill our streets and stores with poison … Continued


Open letter to police chief Sean Whent

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Dear Sean Whent, I realize you’re a busy man, so I’ve hidden truffles all through this communiqué, to help you keep up your stamina. I realize it probably takes a lot to get a rise out of a “Top Cop” like yourself, but I assure you, you’ll be doing barrel rolls all the way back to Walnut Creek. As well, given the high rates of cuckoldry in your profession, and the prettiness of your wife, let’s keep this short. Top Cop, you have upset the most transformative and influential economic … Continued


Open Letter to Schaaf and Company

Dear Elizabeth Schaaf, Chamber of Commerce, et al…, Liz… Lizzy, your attempts to destroy Oakland’s business community have not gone unnoticed, so consider yourself, henceforth, on notice. As you proceed lockstep with your predecessor realize, we dealt with her too. I do wish we had a chance for a proper introduction. Perhaps your recently greased FBI associates will be kind enough to share their files with you, but as you’ve no security clearance of any importance, and as you may be neither willing nor able to perform the “favors” necessary … Continued


“Black People Had War Declared on Them By Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.”

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On Thursday, May 21st, 2015, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, in response to window breaking during protests the evening of May 1st, promulgated, secretly, new edits prohibiting night time street protests. These were enforced by Oakland Police that night when Black Lives Matter protesters attempted to take to the streets after a #SayHerName rally remembering Black women killed by police terror. Forced back onto the sidewalk under threat of arrest, Black Lives Matter organizer Cat Brooks spoke out, saying then and there “We Gonna Take Back These MotherFuckin’ Streets!” Inevitably, the … Continued


A Body Camera Won’t Bring a Dead Boy to Life Nor Revoke a License to Kill.


Police pull up suddenly on some young black men. One of them runs. A cops gives chase. “Shots fired.” One more dead. “I feared for my life.” This is a script that is running on loopback in cities large and small across America. But it’s a script that some say might become less popular if there was an unimpeachable witness to the play – video as it happened. The Oakland Police have had body video cameras for some years now. Three years ago to this day, late into the night … Continued


From Baltimore to Oakland: Solidarity March for Freddie Gray.


Some one hundred people gathered across from the Oakland Federal Building last evening, April 27th, 2015 at 6:00 PM, participating in a short rally and preparing to march. March they did, into West Oakland, looping back through Oscar Grant Plaza, marching uptown, then downtown to the police station on 7th, and uptown again before dispersing around 10:30 PM. At its high point, the march may have been more than two hundred strong. Called before Baltimore erupted, the protest took on additional significance as reports of police terror came out of … Continued




That’s really all you have to know. Oh, and be there, May 1st, 2015 at 9:00 AM to march from the APL Terminal to OGP. Oh, and the significance of May Day across the world. #BlackLivesMatter activists and allies have shut down freeways and BART here in Oakland and around the country, speaking out, marching and protesting. They’ve made it clear that enough is far too much. That something needs to be done yesterday. Instead, all of us have watched, every day, as more black lives become #hashtags. A policeman … Continued


From Oakland to Cal: March for $15 on 4/15

From Oakland to Cal: March for $15 on April 15 MEDIA ADVISORY – For immediate release  April 14, 2015 When: Rally at 1:00PM, Wednesday April 15, 2015 Where:Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th St. and Broadway, Oakland, CA March to Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley On April 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm, the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly (OLWA) will hold a short rally in Oakland, followed by a march to the UC Berkeley campus in support of $15 and a union statewide. It will begin at Oscar Grant Plaza / Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th … Continued


Mumia Abu-Jamal’s life is in danger; only the people can save him.


(excerpted from BayView) A Message From the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition We are going to the headquarters of the Department of Corrections Monday morning, April 6th, to follow up on our demand of John Wetzel last Friday that Mumia be provided with independent doctors of his choosing to address his medical crisis. We need to show unequivocally that he is accountable for what happens to Mumia. That is our agenda for the meeting. There will be the usual tug of war as to whether they will even allow us in, … Continued