Author Archives: oscargrantplazagazette

To Occupy Oakland, from Antirep

First of all, we would like to introduce ourselves to folks who do not already know us: We are the Anti-Repression Committee. What We DO: -We provide educational materials and workshops with Occupy Legal that seek to empower people against the repressive tactics of the State and its legal system. -We work to gain political and material support for people who were arrested as part of Occupy Oakland in and out of custody through letter writing and campaigns to pack the courtroom on certain court dates. -We help facilitate rides … Continued


OGPG 4/15/12

Single Mother Falsely Accused of Endangering Her Children at Occupy Oakland by Irene The authorities apparently stop at nothing to intimidate and scare people from participating in a movement that they fear. Stayaway orders, bogus arrests, heavy charges for minor offenses, sham “lynching” laws, and, most recently, deploying the Child Protective Services to attack a single mother for participating in Occupy Oakland. Kerie Campbell is an all-star activist at Occupy Oakland. There from the very 1st planning meeting in Mosswood Park, there the night the camp struck back in October, … Continued


OGPG 4/1/12

In This From My Heart by Linda The camp was the most beautiful experience of my life. Then they tore it down. We responded by bringing tens of thousands to march on the Port of Oakland, declaring a General Strike in the city of Oakland. The night of the General Strike, everyone came back to the plaza and the police shut down the buses so I couldn’t go home. Someone let me use their tent and I didn’t mind staying out all night. It was my first time ever encountering … Continued


Cincinnati Almost Bailed Out, Please Donate – 3/28/12

Nneka and Teardrop have been bailed out, but Cincinnati is still stuck inside Glenn Dyer jail. We’re only $2,000 away from being able to post his bond. We all want Cincinnati out, including his lawyer, who believes having him on the outside could help us beat these bullshit charges. When you go down for Occupy Oakland, Occupy Oakland has your back! Please donate what you can! To donate online, please visit the Ice Cream 3’s bail fund page. To read coverage of Cincinnati’s preliminary hearing, please visit the Oscar Grant … Continued


OGPG 3/18/12

DAY 160 =================================================================================== UPDATED: DEFENSE LAWYER THREATENED WITH ARREST, POLICE REPORT DOCTORED IN PRELIMINARY HEARING OF ICE CREAM THREE by Jesse Three Occupy Oakland activists, known inside the movement as Teardrop, Cincinnati and Nneka, were arrested  on felony robbery charges aggravated by PC 422.7, the now infamous hate crime charge. Each was initially subject to $100,000 bond. The court has refused to lower the bonds on Cincinnati and Teardrop, who remain in custody since February 29th and May 1st, respectively. Last Friday, I attended a preliminary hearing in their trial. … Continued


Oscar Grant Plaza Gazette 3/7/12

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7: DAY 149 EAST BAY SOLIDARITY NETWORK AND OCCUPY OAKLAND HOUSING NETWORK FORESTALL FORECLOSURE FOR TWO OAKLAND FAMILIES by Jesse The stories of these two families run parallel to those of many Oaklanders these days: working people thrust by an economic crisis caused by the 1% have been denied loan modifications by the very same institutions bailed out by the federal government with billion dollar sums. Then these institutions did their best to foreclose and evict, “losing” reams of financial documentation that proved the families’ abilities to continue … Continued


OGPG 3/4/12

SUNDAY, MARCH 4: DAY 146 PIGS ARE NO FRIENDS OF OURS excerpted from a statement by some women and queers of Occupy Oakland Because of recent manipulations leaked by the Oakland Police Department, we felt compelled to make something unquestionably clear: The exclusive role of the police is to serve and protect the interests of the patriarchal and racist state and the rich capitalist elite. The “justice” system of the united states has one function: to protect the rulers from us, those who would want to overturn this horrible state … Continued


OGPG 2/20/2012

Capitalism and Mass Incarceration Excerpted from Are Prisons Obsolete? Angela Davis, 2003 …When the drive to produce more prisons and incarcerate ever larger numbers of people occurred in the 1980s during what is known as the Reagan era, politicians argued that tough on crime stances—including certain imprisonment and longer sentences—would keep communities free of crime. However, the practice of mass incarceration during that period had little or no effect on official crime rates. In fact, the most obvious pattern was that larger prison populations led not to safer communities, but … Continued


OGPG 2/6/2012

AN OAKLAND MEDIC’S FIRSTHAND REPORT OF THE EVENTS OF JANUARY 28 source: First of all, I was privileged to be out there with a lot of brave and beautiful people. I’d like to give my own account of what happened on Saturday, because the mainstream coverage I’ve seen has been universally laughable, not that that’s any surprise. Folks were mostly gathered up in Oscar Grant Plaza by about noon, and the march started around 1 or 1:30. There were probably between one and two thousand marchers. There was a … Continued


OGPG 2/1/2012

Six Occupiers Remain in Custody with Felony Charges (UPDATED) Today at Wiley M. Manuel courthouse, the occupiers taken into custody on J28 had their first day in court. The arraignments were split between the fourth and sixth floors, and I stayed up on six, where felonies were heard. I heard a second-hand report from the legal team that charges were not pressed against anyone arrested inside the YMCA. At the time of writing I am still waiting for confirmation from the NLG. The large number of cases (around sixty) unheard … Continued