10th Anniversary of Occupy Oakland Takeover of OGP

Ten years past today.History was created.Whose streets? Our plaza! The occupation…Of OGP began at…4 PM. Fitting. Fucked up and bullshit.Jean Quan looked down from on high.A world upside-down. Einstein a young dog.Prepping his run for mayor.We were younger too. Inequality.Banks bailed out. People sold out.Police violence. Same old, same old same?Or on precipice of change?Relate what you think! 69398

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Oakland Privacy Announces Paid Privacy Advocacy Fellowship

Oakland Privacy is thrilled to announce that thanks to the generosity of the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment and the fiscal sponsorship of the Omni Commons, OP will be hosting paid part-time fellowships in 2021-2022 and again in 2022-2023. Fellows will be working on a variety of special projects, including functional global privacy controls, public records and rapid response structures. Application Link These fellowships will be significant opportunities for grad students (or people with a similar-level background) interested in operationalizing privacy rights work on the ground and getting … Continued

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Observations and Reflections on The History and Practice of the Occupy Oakland General Assembly In Its First Years

by Margaret Rossof As I write this in April, 2013, the General Assembly of Occupy Oakland is still meeting every Sunday afternoon.  A couple of dozen people, sometimes more, show up.  They may be in their twenties or seventies, or anywhere in between, with occasional children and teens.  There is an evident diversity of cultural heritages.  As far as I know they include people identifying as anarchists of different stripes, members of Trotskyist organizations, Green Party activists and recovering Maoists.  Many, including some of the baby boomers, were never politically … Continued

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Oakland Police Chief Fired by Police Commission

Thursday Oakland’s civilian Police Commission unanimously recommended that Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick be terminated and Mayor Libby Schaaf approved. (https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-Police-Commission-considers-firing-Police-15072601.php) This may be the first time in the United States that a Police Commission with the power to do so has fired a Police Chief. Voter-passed 2016 Measure LL allows 5 members of the volunteer police oversight commission to dismiss the police chief. (Because the Chief was fired ‘without cause’, according the the City Charter, the Mayor’s consent was necessary; with cause, five Commissioners, with or without the Mayor’s consent, … Continued

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Mike Zint, Occupier, RIP

Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 15:52:19 -0800 At approx. 11:40 AM Mike was taken off the respirator. At approx 12:35 he took his last breath. A small handful, his sister Pamela, Sarah Menefee, Stacey Hill, Marcia Poole and I were with him through the entire process. James Cartmill & Michele Lot arrived about 15 minutes after he was taken off support and stayed with the rest of us to help him transition. He is soaring now with his fallen comrades. He is survived by his kids, the lizards, who will … Continued

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