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11.14.11 Occupy Back in Plaza

Occupy Oakland march re-entered the plaza about 5:20 pm.   Occupy Oakland has been raided for a second time. Several people with the Interfaith Tent refused to leave Oscar Grant Plaza in an act of civil disobedience and were arrested in front of their tent. Likewise, three others who refused to leave the camp and sat on the amphitheater stage meditating were also arrested. At least one other occupier who refused to leave his tent was arrested. All tents and camp facilities that were not removed by occupiers before the … Continued


East Bay Community Law Center supports Occupy Oakland & General Strike

In this time of political unrest and economic crisis, when our clients and the wider community are suffering from an economic and political system that is not serving their needs, there must be an outlet for the people’s desire to organize and express their views. We at EBCLC support the desires of the Occupy Oakland movement to express their political views as well as the General Strike called for Wednesday, November 2, 2011, in which many members of our organization plan to participate. The opportunity still remains for the City … Continued


Media meeting notes 10/29

Agenda 1. New PR/ Babysitting Comittee 2. Press Releases 3. Strike Media 4. Infrustructure 5. Livestreaming Meeting 1. New PR / Babysitting Comittee * There has been a desire expressed to have people to escort the media through the camp and being an intentional media guide. The idea isn’t fully fleshed out but this is not intended to be spokespeople for the camp. They aren’t supposed to be speaking to the media, just directing the attention to people that are good at dealing with the media. * This was already … Continued


Daily Kos: Your Bravest Children

From To the Mothers and Fathers of America: This may not be clear to you yet, but those protestors out in the streets are your bravest children. They now hold the front for all of us in the centuries-old battle against tyranny. Many are fighting the corrupting influence of money in American politics, others against a system no longer functional for a majority that will only grow. Some do not know exactly what they want–only that something has gone terribly wrong in a country in which they would like … Continued


Oakland Spends Millions in Attack on Occupy Protesters, Closes 5 Schools Next Day

On Tuesday evening at 5pm Occupy Oakland gathered at the foot of the Oakland Library on 14th Avenue before setting off on a march past the jail and onward to Frank Ogawa Plaza. The peaceful gathering swelled as it marched through downtown, growing upwards of 1,000 people strong. Along their route were police from 17 jurisdictions in California, decked out in riot gear and weaponry. Just before 8pm the police began throwing concussion grenades and tear gas directly into the crowd, injuring several nonviolent protesters. Weapons were aimed and fired … Continued


Police Brutalize, Dismantle Occupy Oakland Camp

This morning at 5am over 500 police in riot gear from cities all over central California brutally attacked the Occupy Oakland encampment at 14th & Broadway. The police attacked the peaceful protest with flash grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets after moving in with armored vehicles. Apparently the media was not allowed in to document this repression, and the police established barricades as far apart as 11th and 17th. Over 70 people were arrested and the camp gear was destroyed and/or stolen by the riot police. Contact the mayor and … Continued