Local Business Liaison Committee

The Local Business Liaison outreaches to local Oakland businesses.


A Brief History Of Techquity

Kudos to Elizabeth Schaaf, for bringing into the world yet another ham-fisted buzzword, one which not only embraces and mingles the bleak connotations of “tech” and White Supremacy, but more importantly where these things intersect. It is well apparent, her inner entrepreneurial bureaucrat is unhinged, unchained, and best of all, unchecked! Lizzy modestly describes techquity as mere trickle-down economics, but it is so much more than that. To appreciate what is meant by techquity, one must appreciate the deep historicity of the term, especially as relates to Oakland. To understand … Continued


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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