General Assembly

Oakland’s Big Brother Contractor Caught With Its Hand in the Nuclear Weapon Jar.

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Oakland has been paying big bucks to SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) to implement its own version of 1984: the Orwellian-named Domain Awareness Center (DAC). On July 30th, 2013, despite universal opposition from those attending, the Oakland City Council unanimously approved a contract with SAIC for $2,000,000 to implement “Phase 2″ of the DAC. The Awareness Center is supposed to integrate data from surveillance video, traffic cameras, vehicle license readers, drones and more to provide… security. Originally meant for the Port of Oakland, the Domain Awareness Center’s reach of purpose … Continued

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Two-Faced Quan Talks With Port Truckers. Then Sues Them.

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In a move that is right out of the playbook of Wells Fargo, Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase – promising a homeowner a loan motification then immediately instituting foreclosure procedings – Mayor Jean (Two-Quanface) Quan today approved of the City of Oakland suing two Port Truckers for “unlimited damages” in the wake of their labor action two weeks ago. That after she had agreed to help them pull together a meeting with Port of Oakland authorities and others. According to a press release issued by Port Truckers Solidarity … Continued

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Justice For Andy. Alive on the Streets of Santa Rosa. Dead in the Faces of the Silent Watchers From Above.

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At least a busload of Oakland activists traveled to Santa Rosa on Tuesday, October 29th, joining those from Santa Rosa and all over Northern California who came out to march, rally and mourn in protest against the rapid-fire execution of Andy Lopez at the hands of Erick Gelhaus, a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy. It is sad and maddening, if unsurprising, that just days before Urban Shield took place in Oakland – glorifying police violence and military-style weaponry – Andy Lopez was executed by a man whose motto might as well … Continued

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JAILHOUSE 4 GELHAUS/CARCEL PARA GELHAUS

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  Tuesday, November 5th at 1PM March from the Old Court House Square 300-304 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa Ca, 95401 to The District Attorney’s Office, 600 Administration Drive, Room 212 J Santa Rosa, CA 95403 WE HAVE ONE DEMAND, for now. We demand Erick Gelhaus be immediately fired, arrested, and Indicted for the Murder of Andy Lopez. We will march to the District Attorney’s OFFICE on this coming Tuesday, the 5th, planning to leave downtown around 1:30. We need everyone that can be there, there. Justice cannot wait! TENEMOS UNA DEMANDA, … Continued

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Sixty OPD Surround Plaza as Crowd Sings Happy Birthday, Dines on Roast Suckling Pig.

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Hundreds of people gathered at the Marriott at 5:00 PM, took to the streets at 6:00 PM and ended up at Oscar Grant Plaza by 6:30 PM – just in time for roast suckling pig and other goodies provided by Occupy Oakland peeps. In commemoration of the 2nd anniversary of O25, OGP was reoccupied, if only for an evening. See previous essays on earlier events of the day here – My Shield is Justice. Facing Down Urban Shield and here – OPD to the Left of Me, OPD to the … Continued

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OPD to the Left of Me, OPD to the Right of Me. Caught in the Middle with You All.

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Some one hundred people gathered in front of the Marriott Hotel’s Oakland Convention Center for the start of Facing Urban’s Shield’s press conference at 11:20 AM Friday, October 25th. One by one the speakers denounced the activites going on in the Marriott – the glorification of the warrior cop known as Urban Shield. Seven or eight people spoke, including Scott Olsen, “Uncle Bobby,” Oscar grant’s uncle Cephus Johnson, and Dionne Smith, mother of James Rivera, a 16 year old murdered by Stockon Police in 2012. Many made reference to the … Continued

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O25. They Are Coming.

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Two years less one week later, Scott Olsen was sitting next to me having a beer and discussing the state of his lawsuit. Hours before that he, a hundred others, and I had watched yet one more time the infamous video clip (2:20) “What’s your name! What’s your name! Shit!” It was embedded in a new documentary entitled “The Battle for Oscar Grant Plaza.” shown at a benefit at the Parkway Theatre on Saturday, October 19th. Scott Campbell, shot and severely wounded by a rubber bullet on November 2nd, 2011, … Continued

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Strike Debt Proposal for O25

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Occupy Oakland participants in Strike Debt Bay Area are requesting official recognition of the Occupy Oakland Strike Debt committee. The goal of the committee is to educate and mobilize around the issue of debt.  The committee will work with Strike Debt Bay Area and the national Strike Debt movement to develop and share information about the role of debt in 21st century capitalism.  We will help organize collective resistance to debt, which may include forming debtors’ unions, supporting free check cashing services, negotiating debt reductions with institutions, promoting alternative economies, … Continued

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Proposal to lower quorum

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Whereas the General Assembly of Occupy Oakland has continued to meet every week, Whereas the last resolution regarding quorum set quorum at 70 attendees, Whereas the General Assembly is generally attended by less than 20 people, Whereas the current quorum makes it impossible for Occupy Oakland to pass official resolutions endorsing new committees or actions, It is resolved to set quorum at 25 attendees until such time as typical attendance increases and this number can be re-evaluated. 53332

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Open letter to the community from Port Truckers

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Port Shutdown information for Monday, Oct 21st, 5:00 AM. This letter is to address the purpose of the Port of Oakland Trucker Association protest and work stoppage at the Port of Oakland on August 19 2013. On August 14, 2013, a letter was hand delivered to Mayor Jean Quan’s office notifying her of our intent to protest several work related issues. This letter went unanswered. Mayor Quan’s inaction left us no choice but to carry out our protest. We have since made contact with the Mayor’s office and established a … Continued

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