“The killing of unarmed high school Senior Alan Blueford on May 6th by Oakland Police officer Miguel Masso is both unthinkable and commonplace. When the unthinkable becomes commonplace, any decent society, any society trying to imagine or portray itself as a democracy, is forced to ask some hard questions – some questions that necessitate interrogating the nature of modern policing in American cities.” more…
The Occupy Oakland Conference Assembly is convening a major conference dedicated to developing tactics, strategy, solidarity, and vision within the Occupy movement. With electoral politics heating up and eager to coopt the energy of Occupy, it’s vital that we push the movement in a more radical direction! Come to the OO GA this Sunday to endorse this project and get the whole Occupy Oakland community working on it!
We understand Occupy to be part of a movement of movements– some of which bear the name “Occupy,” others which bear a different name, or no name at all. We find common ground in our shared rejection of capitalism and the racism, patriarchy, and other forms of oppression that are the foundations of this unjust and violent system.
In this spirit, we open the Occupy Oakland Liberate Everything Conference as a forum to come together as comrades and strengthen our collective knowledge and skills to strike back at the empire! This conference will be organized as a space for communication and intellectual exchange, where we will engage side by side, peer to peer, comrade to comrade, researchers together with boots on the ground experts, to speak to a diversity of opinions, experiences, and voices growing out of our shared struggle against the multiple and intersecting forms of violence and inequality that are perpetuated and protected by capitalism and the state.
The Occupy Oakland Conference Committee is organizing the program for this three day event, which will include panel discussions, presentations, and workshops on themes including, but not limited to: the criminalization of dissent, radical history, cooptation & the non-profit industrial complex, student movements worldwide, labor solidarity, diversity of tactics & nonviolence, organizing & the prison industrial complex, community organizing against state repression, decolonization, alternatives to capitalism, migration/immigration, and much more…
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Planned Topics Include
- Criminalization Pre-Crime and Activism
- The Crisis of Capitalism this Time
- Report Back on the West Coast Port Shut Down
- Labor and Occupy Practicing Solidarity
- Queer Theory Panel
- Feminist Theory Panel
- How Nonprofits Co-opt Social Movements
- Diversity of Tactics & Nonviolence
- Towards a Cooperative Future
- Criminalization of Black Bodies
- History of Occupations as Tactics
- Class War, Not PR War
- Prison Abolition & The Prison Industrial Complex
- Bay Area Radical History
- Zapatistas in the Bay
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