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Protect Public Land From Private Takeovers


Oakland’s beautiful and wild Knowland Park is under threat, and we need your help at an important City Council vote. Right now, the free public park is home to a range of wildlife, including threatened species, native grasslands, and woodlands. However, the Oakland Zoo is trying to take over the heart of the park–77 acres!–which would displace local wildlife…for an exhibit about species that are regionally extinct due to development. What?!  This would also mean privatizing our public park, and since the zoo has been working behind closed doors with … Continued


Justice 4 Rasmea! Activists Chain Themselves to Federal Building Doors. Arrests.


  Folks have chained themselves to the doors of the Federal Courthouse in Oakland! @Justice4Rasmea — Occupy Oakland (@OccupyOakland) November 12, 2014 The call went out last night for a 7:30 AM rally at the Federal Building in downtown Oakland in solidarity with Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinean freedom fighter and torture victim convicted yesterday of lying on her US citizenship application twenty years ago about a conviction in Israel forty-five years ago. In 1969, then 21-year-old Odeh was living in the West Bank city of Ramallah as a refugee … Continued


Three Years Later: Occupy Cal Lawsuit Still Proceeding.


Police terror didn’t just happen on the streets of Oakland. Three years ago Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley saw students and professors beaten and clubbed for the heinous crime of wanting a better tomorrow and an education system devoted to the public good, not private profit.   Like the lawsuit against Oakland for the January 28th kettle, the lawsuit against UC Berkeley and its police is still ongoing. There is no indication I am aware of that a settlement or a trial date is near.  Then Chancellor Birgeneau famously accused … Continued


Occupy The Farm, the Movie, Playing Now! (Nov. 7th-20th)

Occupy The Farm - The Movie

Here’s the event info: November 7th – 20th United Artists 7 Movie Theater 2274 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA  – Google Maps Directions . Tickets and showtimes are available through Fandango. . Join us for the premiere of “Occupy the Farm” a documentary by independent filmmaker, Todd Darling. The film tells the story of the 17-year struggle to protect 20 acres of public farmland (the “Gill Tract”, in Albany) from development into a supermarket, housing complex, and strip mall. . . Occupy the Farm – The Film – Official Trailer from Todd Darling The … Continued


Latest Poll: Einstein Has Two Legs Up on all Human Candidates; Leads with 38% to Schaaf’s 18%


Oakland North online poll results, as of 8:30 AM, Monday, November 3rd. Which candidate is your first choice for Oakland mayor? Einstein the dog (38%, 98 Votes) Libby Schaaf (18%, 46 Votes) Jean Quan (14%, 35 Votes) Rebecca Kaplan (12%, 31 Votes) Dan Siegel (7%, 19 Votes) Joe Tuman (3%, 7 Votes) Jason Anderson (2%, 6 Votes) Saied Karamooz (2%, 5 Votes) Peter Liu (2%, 4 Votes) Courtney Ruby (1%, 3 Votes) Bryan Parker (1%, 2 Votes) Nancy Sidebotham (0%, 1 Votes) Ken Houston (0%, 1 Votes) Patrick McCullough (0%, … Continued


The Occupy Oakland General Strike, a Brief Commemoration.


Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the largest outpouring of humanity onto the streets of Oakland in political struggle – and possibly for any reason – in at least sixty-five years. It may be that it will be another sixty-five years before such a mass outpouring happens again. On November 2nd, 2011, one week after the first Occupy Oakland encampment was destroyed that morning by Oakland Police and Scott Olsen was almost killed by one of their bean-bag rounds in the evening, downtown Oakland completely shut down and some number … Continued


The Berkeley Post Office is Again Occupied! Protesters Patrolled by Postal Police.


In anticipation of the attempted sale of the downtown Berkeley Post Office as soon as Monday, peeps from First They Came for the Homeless, who have been Occupying in front of Staples for more than 100 days, moved to 2000 Allston Way. They were joined and supported by members of Berkeley Post Office Defenders. Afternoon music was provided all afternoon by Dave Welsh and food by Ed Not Bombs. First They Came for the Homeless arrived about 12:30 PM, after a rally sponsored by Save the Berkeley Post Office which … Continued


Block the Sale! All Out Against Privatization! Rally & Action Nov 1st!


  RALLY & ACTION: 10:30 AM SAT, NOV 1 at Downtown Berkeley Post Office, 2000 Allston Way.   The Sale of Our Post Offices – A Quick Review • After a moratorium of sorts on the sale of historic Post Offices for almost a year… o The Bronx Post Office was sold in September, 2014 o The Somerville, MA Post Office was sold in early October o The Richmond, VA Post Office was put up for sale o On 10/24/14 the USPS said the Berkeley Post Office is “under contract” … Continued


How do You Block The Boat When There’s No Boat to Block?

Stop ZIM

With gusto! Hundreds of people gathered at the West Oakland BART at 3:00 PM on Sunday, ready to march to the Port of Oakland, boat or no Boat. It was “No Boat.” The Zim Ship, apparently being guided by a navigator who doesn’t know port from starboard, was and still is headed west across the Pacific to locations unknown, despite it’s “official” destination remaining listed as Oakland. At current speed, Zim couldn't arrive before late Weds night. Folks, I think Ima call this one soon. #blocktheboat — Heinous Ogre … Continued


Should Occupy Oakland Endorse a Human, a Dog, or NO ONE for Mayor? And Other GA Proposals!


The four proposals below will be on the agenda of the Occupy Oakland General Assembly for Sunday, November 2 – the third anniversary of the General Strike, one of the largest protests in Oakland’s history. The GA will be held at Oscar Grant Plaza at 4:00PM.  If a quorum of 70 people is reached, then these proposals will be voted on and could become OO resolutions.  No matter what your feelings are about these proposed endorsements, your judgment will have an effect on whatever consensus is resolved. Along with two … Continued