New schedule and additional location!
Bi-Monthly meetings to organize and publish web content for occupyoakland.org.
We meet the first Thursday of the month at The Holdout, 2313 San Pablo Ave Oakland,CA 94612 @ 6PM
And the third Sunday of the month at 19th Street / Rashida Muhammad Street (one block away from 19th Street/Telegraph avenue) @ 2PM
If interested on helping us out, please come and join us!
“From the folks who brought you the West Coast Port Shutdown.”
The OO Labor Solidarity Committee meets weekly, with every other meeting being held at Oscar Grant Plaza weather permitting. This week’s meeting is tentatively scheduled for the amphitheater at Oscar Grant Plaza, directly in front of City Hall. PLEASE CHECK BACK BECAUSE THIS LOCATION COULD VERY WELL CHANGE!
Topics will likely include planning for the next Port Workers Assembly, a future Mi Pueblo action, a discussion of what we might do for December 12th, the one year anniversary of the West Coast Port Shutdown, along with possibly ILWU, SEIU, Airport workers, United Food Workers, Walmart and other labor activity updates.
Join members of the Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition to spread the word about Alan Blueford and his untimely death at the hands of the Oakland Police.
Center stage will be at 477 25th St., a cooperative gallery where there will be an Alan Blueford table, a display, timeline, information, flyers to pass out, petitions to gather signatures and much camaraderie. Thousands of people will likely pass through this gallery during Art Murmer., and thousands more will be out and about.
—– More about the exhibit:
Justice 4 Alan Blueford Means There Will Be No More ‘Alan Bluefords’
Local artist Nite Owl & Justice 4 Alan Blueford coalition member Mollie Costello, RN will co-present a timeline exhibit dedicated to Alan Blueford debuting on Nov. 2nd and running thru Nov. 10th.
The event is presented with the support of Art Beat Foundation http://www.artbeatfoundation.org a local organization with the mission of supporting the artist community.
Nov. 2nd is Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) as well as the 1 year anniversary of the General Strike and Port shutdown called for by Occupy Oakland and supported by tens of thousands. Nov. 2nd is also 1st Friday in Oakland where thousands of people successfully occupy and shut down parts of downtown Oakland on the 1st Friday of every month.
Mollie will be at the 25th St Collective daily from Nov. 2nd thru Nov. 10th from 11am-6pm, the doors will be open on Nov. 10th, but Mollie will be marching!
Whether not you visit the timeline exhibit, please join the Justice 4 Alan Blueford coalition and other Bay Area families affected by repressive & racist policing on our March Against Police Brutality and to End Racial Profiling! There will be a rally, followed by the march, at 14th & Broadway at noon on Nov. 10th.
This video of Alan’s family and also of Oscar Grant’s uncle is from outside Oakland Police Department’s Headquarters only 5 days after Alan’s murder.
As is this video of MC Hammer, close personal friend of the Blueford’s.
The meeting location for this week is Siegel & Yee, in City Center (the little shopping center on Broadway between 14th and 12th). It’s basically behind (on the back side) of the row of shops that includes Radio Shack. From City Hall, cross
the street at the crosswalk and just keep walking in the space between the two large buildings. The Siegel & Yee building is diagonally to the left, up a few steps.
There will be somebody to let people in at the beginning of the meeting or a phone number you can call to have somebody let you in.
We are now meeting weekly. After the release of the (redacted) police report, the (whitewashed) DA’s report and its pronouncement that Masso was justified in gunning Alan down, and our press conference denouncing same, we will be planning further steps in our search for Justice 4 Alan Blueford. Come help us out!
We are organizing a large march for November 10th, 2012 with an emphasis on opposition to Racial Profiling, particularly Oakland’s de facto Stop & Frisk policy — which led directly to Alan’s death — and the repeal of the Police Officers’ Bill of Rights, a California law which protects Officer Masso from investigation unlike ordinary citizens.
We are expecting a large turnout and we need all the help we can get with outreach and logistics. And we need people to help plan further actions!
Jodie Randolph and her possessions are about to go out onto the street, because Morgan Stanley has something better to do with her home than let her live there.
Jodie has been fighting to stay in her home for years. Companies affiliated with Morgan Stanley shuttled the loan around from one subsidiary to the other until they foreclosed on her.
When the truck comes Tuesday morning (yes, Election Day morning!) to take away her furniture and leave her on the street people we will be on that street to stop that truck.
The most important thing to do is to be there Tuesday to a) stop the eviction and b) organize to make sure the eviction continues to not happen.
The Alameda County Against Drones (ACAD) coalition, together with our supporters and allies, will introduce ourselves to the Board of Supervisors.
Please join us in letting the supervisors know that the people of our county do not want the sheriff to purchase a drone.
The Board of Supervisors is not used to having a full house. Let’s show them that the people care strongly about this important issue. You can just come to the meeting, or you can sign up to speak. (Details to come.)
We will be showing the video on the founding of Cosatu this Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Niebyl Proctor at 7:00 p.m. This will be a fund raiser for the miners and their families. The film is really worth seeing.
— South Africa Miners Solidarity Committee
Public education in California is facing a severe crisis. State budget cuts and austerity measures have accelerated administrators’ efforts to privatize our public colleges. This November, UC Regents and CSU Trustees plan to submit our universities to radical, privatizing reforms. Even if Prop. 30 passes, in the best-case scenario, it would only maintain the status quo; meaning excessive fees, under-funded programs, overcrowded classes, layoffs and pay-cuts for campus workers, and an ongoing process of priv
Through collective struggle, we can defend and sustain public education in California, and we can counter state austerity.
“From the folks who brought you the West Coast Port Shutdown.”
The OO Labor Solidarity Committee meets weekly, with every other meeting being held at Oscar Grant Plaza weather permitting. This week’s meeting
is tentatively scheduled for the amphitheater at Oscar Grant Plaza, directly in front of City Hall. PLEASE CHECK BACK BECAUSE THIS LOCATION COULD VERY WELL CHANGE! will be held at Unite Here, just a flash-bang grenade’s toss away from 14th & Broadway.
Topics will likely include planning for the next Port Workers Assembly, a future Mi Pueblo action, a discussion of what we might do for December 12th (the one year anniversary of the West Coast Port Shutdown) along with possibly ILWU, SEIU, Airport workers, United Food Workers, Walmart and other labor activity updates.
Bay Area Families March Against Police Brutality – Nov 10 @12pm 14th&Broadway, Oakland
Every 36 hours in the US, a black person is killed by law enforcement. In 2012, Bay Area Police have killed at least 12 black and brown people.
One one officer has ever been convicted in California of killing a black or brown person.
And Johannes Mehserle, who killed Oscar Grant, served only 11 months in prison and now
wants to return to a law enforcement job!
Alan Blueford, an 18-year old African-American student from Skyline High School,
was shot and killed by Oakland Police Officer Miguel Masso on May 6, 2012. The
Blueford family and the Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition (JAB) strongly condemn
the DA’s report and reject all attempts to cover up their son’s murder. We demand
Masso be fired and prosecuted, and all racial profiling practices, including stop and
frisk, be stopped immediately!
Help Organize Occupy Oakland’s 1st Open House Tabling Event: Meet at Oscar Grant Plaza
Our dear friend Syd from the Holdout was picked up recently by the Oakland Police department on some bullshit charges.
His arraignment is this Wednesday, November 14th, at 2:00 pm in Department 112 at Wiley Manuel Courthouse on 7th and Washington street.
It would mean a whole lot for as many friends that can come out and support as possible to show up!
Fire to the Prisons, Free All Prisoners!
Join us to help plan Occupy Oakland’s Community Thanks Giving Feast: Meet SF Pizza on 15th & Broadway (due to possible rain)
This project aims to leverage the debt collection system as a tool for direct action and mutual aid. We buy defaulted debt for pennies on the dollar, just as debt collectors would, but instead of attempting to collect it, we abolish it. For every dollar of defaulted debt we buy, $20 of debt will be abolished. This program launches on Thursday November 15th with a live “telethon” event in NYC – The People’s Bailout – where the goal is to raise $50,000, every penny of which will go toward abolishing $1,000,000 of defaulted medical debt. (In general, you cannot buy the debt of individuals. Rather, you have to buy categories of debt either by geography–folks in a given zip code, for example–or by category–medical debt, credit card debt, etc.)
After we have purchased and successfully abolished this $1,000,000 worth of debt, those whose debt was abolished will be notified with a letter that explains:
(1) That their debt has been abolished, and how that was done
(2) How to contact credit agencies to make sure the debt cancellation is reflected in their credit score
(3) How they can pay some of the jubilee forward, to abolish others also in debt. This is the “rolling” aspect of the jubilee.
NEXT STEPS/HOW TO HELP:
‘Like’ the StrikeDebt Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Strike-Debt/244850825627699
Share the Rolling Jubilee event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/394920527248194/
Follow @StrikeDebt on Twitter (we’re almost at 1,000 followers!)
Consider loaning your twitter or FB account to for a once-a-day blast: http://donateyouraccount.com/StrikeDebt (choose ‘Gold’ level)
Once you’ve done that, make some buzz! Try to post a few times a day about the Jubilee. Every single post counts. Here are some sample posts: http://bit.ly/RJSampleTweets. Feel free to copy and paste, or customize to your own liking. Just make sure to include the website www.rollingjubilee.org, and the hashtags #PeoplesBailout and #RollingJubilee, if you can.
Email your friends and ask them to do all of the above, too. Here are some articles you can use to get the conversation going:
The telethon starts at 8pm eastern time, so 5pm here. It will be streaming live on the internet, (probably on rollingjubilee.org)
**Also, here in Oakland I’m
hoping going to host a livestream event at the Holdout Niebel-Proctor Library on the night of the telethon. We’d watch the telethon, and I have a box of Debt Resistors Operations Manuals to distribute, so we can start talking about debt as a broad platform for resistance and direct action, and maybe get a Strike Debt working group going. Please contact me if you’d like to help organize this event!
STAY TUNE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT A LIVESTREAM PARTY!!
November 8th: Donation site goes up, promotional video is released, other announcements. We hope to use this day to test and build up our network. We will put up a site for our people to use to send targeted tweets to various celebrities during this time.
November 12th? New York Times article will be published around this day. Then the press embargo will be lifted.
November 15th: The telethon! Massive simultaneous twitter campaign to promote the live stream and our ongoing donation successes.
Israel launched "Operation Pillar of Clouds" earlier this week with a series of air strikes. More than a dozen people have been killed so far including women and children. International solidarity activists are in the streets all over the world, we have to be in SF. Please share this event with your networks, bring your banners and signs n spirit to the action! Day 1: Thursday Nov 15th at 5:15pm at Israeli Consulate Day 2: Friday Nov 16th at 4:00pm at Israeli Consulate