Solidarity Statements

Confronting the Many Faces of Repression

Rethinking Repression Over the past year, we have experienced many forms of overt police repression, from the camp eviction and night of tear gas on October 25th, to raids on the vigil, to snatch and grab squads on May Day.  We have come to expect the riot-clad police, with their batons and chemical weapons, although repression comes in other forms as well.  As a community, we have not been sufficiently attuned to these other faces of repression.  As the Anti-Repression Committee (ARC), we too have focused primarily on the overt … Continued

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Rising Tide North America States Solidarity with Occupy Oakland

Rising Tide North America Statement of Solidarity with Occupy Oakland See the original post here. San Francisco, CA- The climate justice group Rising Tide North America released this statement in response to the brutal attack against Occupy Oakland on Jan. 28th by the Oakland Police Department and subsequent lies and misinformation being spread by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and her administration: “Rising Tide North America stands in solidarity with Occupy Oakland and the marchers in the Jan. 28 “Move In Day” march that was brutally attacked by the Oakland police … Continued

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Occupy LA Offers “Unwavering Support” to Oakland—”An injury to one is an injury to all”

Statement of the General Assembly of Occupy Los Angeles, Feb. 1, 2012: Occupy Los Angeles has always stood in unwavering solidarity with Occupy Oakland. After Occupy Oakland’s most recent victimization by the illegal and brutal tactics of OPD, Oakland City Council and Mayor Jean Quan, we feel it necessary to restate our unequivocal support for our comrades. We consider every horizontally structured, autonomous group fighting for social and economic justice, and intent on providing services for the community that the government has failed to provide, as our brothers and sisters. … Continued

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SF National Lawyers Guild condemns Oakland Police and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) condemns Oakland Police (OPD) and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) violence, mass arrests and abuses against Occupy demonstrators at Saturday’s demonstration. Police violently attacked activists with chemical weapons, so called Less-Lethal munitions, and physical assaults. Hundreds were arrested unlawfully, without opportunity to disperse, and then detained for many hours on the street and then in buses, in stress positions, and without bathrooms, food or water. Once in jail, protesters faced inhumanely crowded conditions, abusive treatment and were denied access to … Continued

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Occupy Oakland Arrests Galvanize Movement; OWS NYC Inspired to Occupy Social Center

By ADAM KLASFELD   From Courthouse News  MANHATTAN (CN) – Mass arrests of Occupy Oakland protesters on Saturday reanimated sister protests around the country, rousing many Occupy Wall Street sympathizers out of winter hibernation the following night for “Solidarity Sunday.” More than 400 people – including six journalists – were reportedly arrested in Oakland on Saturday, as thousands tried to convert the long-vacant Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center into the movement’s new headquarters. Oakland sent hundreds of police officers in riot gear to prevent them from entering the building, which … Continued

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Free Press Condemns Ongoing Arrests of Journalists at Occupy Protests

On Saturday, six journalists, many with press credentials, were arrested when Oakland, Calif. police clashed with Occupy protesters. These arrests bring the total number of journalists detained in Occupy protests nationwide to nearly 50. Free Press has been tracking journalist arrests and press suppression related to the Occupy movement since September. The full list can be viewed here: http://storify.com/jcstearns/tracking-journalist-arrests-during-the-occupy-prot. “While most of the attention surrounding journalist arrests at Occupy protests has focused on New York City, these arrests in Oakland remind us that this is a national issue,” said Josh … Continued

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Statement of Solidarity with Oakland from Occupy Tulsa

Official Occupy Tulsa (original OT) STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH OAKLAND FROM OCCUPY TULSA (Adapted from Portland Solidarity Statement) To the City of Oakland, Oakland Police, and Mayor Quan, On January 28th, 2012, Occupy Oakland took to the streets and attempted to turn an abandoned building into a social center to converge and organize and to continue to provide the community at large with the services they had been providing before their encampment was disbanded. In response, Oakland Police used rubber bullets, bean bag shot gun rounds, chemical weapons, and kettling … Continued

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Coalition Says No to Occupy Injunctions

Oakland—During a press conference and several interviews Sunday, both Mayor Jean Quan and Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said they would seek to target protesters with civil “stay away” orders in an attempt to keep them from participating in Occupy Oakland activities. Oakland’s Stop the Injunctions Coalition (STIC) is calling the OPD Chief and Quan’s plan an overt attempt to expand the use of injunctions in Oakland despite the fact that the Oakland City Council voted to prevent the expansion of civil gang injunctions pending additional assessment. Oakland has already … Continued

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Stop the Injunctions Coalition Says No to Occupy Injunctions

For Immediate Release—January 30, 2012 Oakland—During a press conference and several interviews Sunday, both Mayor Jean Quan and Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said they would seek to target protesters with civil “stay away” orders in an attempt to keep them from participating in Occupy Oakland activities. Oakland’s Stop the Injunctions Coalition (STIC) is calling the OPD Chief and Quan’s plan an overt attempt to expand the use of injunctions in Oakland despite the fact that the Oakland City Council voted to prevent the expansion of civil gang injunctions pending … Continued

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