Committees

To Occupy. Perchance to Occupy Oakland.

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Laleh Behbehanian, one of Occupy Oakland’s finest, spoke at the 2nd Anniversary Party on 10/10/23 commemorating the beginning of the encampment at Oscar Grant Plaza. Here is the video of her talk, recorded by Mindy, and below, a few excerpts from the prepared text. Her theme was What is this thing we call Occupy Oakland? What is this thing we call Occupy Oakland? We know that it isn’t simply some group, or organization- it’s more than that. It is isn’t merely some space – it’s so much more than the … Continued

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Massive Police Presence At OO 2nd Anniversary Party. Because. Stupidity.

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Eighteen Police cars, vans and even a mini-tank lined 14th St. as Occupy Oakland peeps came together on October 10th to do such nefarious activities as Chalking! (aka vandalism) Catching up with old friends! (aka conspiracy) Eating! (aka feeding without a permit) Listening to awesome speakers! (aka talking without a permit) Watching cartoons, documentaries and movies! (aka creating a public nuisiance) thereby terrorizing downtown Oakland’s usual residents who had to endure vast quantities of nutritious food prepared by OO Kitchen peeps and Food Not Bombs instead of their usual fare. … Continued

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Proposal To Endorse BART Solidarity Rally and, if it Comes to Be, a BART Strike.

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This was a proposal presented at Sunday’s General Assembly by the Transit Workers Solidarity Committee. Insofar as the General Assembly did not have a quorum, it was not approved. However, The Occupy Oakland General Assembly in late October of 2011 passed a resolution in support of all workers and in solidarity with strikes, which will stand us in good stead in validating our support for BART workers in their current struggle against austerity and the one percent. At the 2nd Anniversary Party on Thursday the organizers of the celebration may … Continued

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Peter Byrne Speaks to Berkeley Post Office Defenders on BlumStein: The Duo Looting the Post Office and UC.

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On Saturday, September 28th, 2013, investigative reporter Peter Byrne was kind enough to come and address a rally to save the Berkeley Post Office and fight back against the privatization of our commons. Byrne recently published the e-book (soon to available in print!) Going Postal: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband sells post offices to his friends, cheap.”. Excerpts from the book were published in a recent East Bay Express. In the book he describes how Richard Blum and his wife, Senator Feinstein, claim they do not collaborate but in fact … Continued

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From the Foreclosure Defense Group

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The Occupy Oakland Foreclosure Defense Group has been meeting regularly since March of 2012. While we are all very proud of our accomplishments as a group, a number of factors–including the changing political terrain and shifting priorities for some key organizers–have led us to decide that it’s time to disband. We are keeping our hot line available and will refer callers to other local resources. We are also keeping our text alert system up and running for the foreseeable future. The relationships established and political will that we have built … Continued

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‘Going Postal’ to Fight Against Privatization and Save the Post Office from Richard Blum.

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  Peter Byrne, investigative reporter and author of an expose on Richard Blum, his corporation CBRE, his spouse Senator Diane Feinstein, and the privatization of the Post Office, will be speaking at Berkeley Post Office Defenders’ rally Saturday, September 28th at 12:00 noon on the steps of the Historic Downtown Berkeley Post Office at 2000 Allston Way. Here are some brief excerpts from his expose, Going Postal: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband sells post offices to his friends, cheap. On Richard Blum and CBRE: Real estate transactions are normally negotiated … Continued

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The Case Against Curfews

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In light of Oakland Councilperson Noel Gallo’s recent fetish with the idea of curfews, here is an article published August 11th, 2012 in the Occupied Oakland Tribune (now inaccessible), when then Chief of Police Howard Jordan was spewing the same bullshit. —– By JP Massar “Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan wants a curfew. In the widespread absence of appropriate “parental controls” Jordan says a curfew is critical to reduce the risks posed by teens and younger children hanging out late at night in some of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods. … Continued

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Solidarity with the Indigenous Struggle in Honduras and COPINH

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Solidarity with the Indigenous Struggle in Honduras and COPINH For full story please visit: Rioblancocommunity.blogspot.com There will be an action this Thursday Sep 19th in solidarity with COPINH members Berta Cáceres, Aureliano Molina and Tomas Gómez who face another trial day on Friday Sep 20th. The government and private prosecutors are asking Berta Caceres to be imprisoned and that Tomas Gomez and Aureliano Molina be given substitutive measures to imprisonment, including prohibited access to Rio Blanco and routine check-ins at the court house. If charged the community of Rio Blanco will be left more vulnerable, silenced … Continued

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Occupy Oakland: The Movie!

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OCCUPY OAKLAND: The Movie. Please join Flashpoints on Pacifica Radio & Long Memory Productions in support of the Alan Blueford Coalition with an ADVANCED SCREENING of: OCCUPY OAKLAND: The Movie. Thursday, September 12, 7:00 PM. Grand Lake Theater. This is a film in the making that highlights why the Occupy movement was different in Oakland because of Oakland’s history going back to the Black Panther Party and up to the Oscar Grant Movement. This film has a very clear anti-police brutality theme. The producer’s goal is to make this a … Continued

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Solidarity Fast Ends Successfully – Confronts Jerry Brown.

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Adopted from an email report by one of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity team members: Congratulations to our two intrepid hunger strike solidarity peeps who successfully completed their 60 hour fast at 11:59:59 Saturday night 9/7 in support of the prisoners’ 60 day hunger strike and their 5 core demands. The fast took place outside of Gov. Jerry Brown’s condo on Telegraph Ave. at 27th St. in uptown Oakland. I was present late afternoon Saturday when Jerry Brown arrived. One supporter, a lawyer, was in the lobby of the building … Continued

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