Oscar Grant Plaza

Documentaries:THE BATTLE FOR OSCAR GRANT PLAZA & MANUFACTURING GUILT. Sat. Oct. 19, 2013 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The National Lawyers Guild and Prison Radio present two films on repression and resistance: THE BATTLE FOR OSCAR GRANT PLAZA is a short documentary by Jacob Crawford about how the City of Oakland and its Police tried to shut down the budding “Occupy Wall Street” movement, turning downtown Oakland into a teargas filled war zone and injuring numerous people. Police video obtained in discovery in the National Lawyers Guild’s successful lawsuit and interviews with activists and journalists about their experiences, tell the real story of the disastrous Fall, 2011, police … Continued


A Hole in #OO’s History

As part of my research for an independent history of Occupy Oakland, I recently Googled “Occupy Oakland” site:youtube.com/ looking for interviews with campers during the occupation of Oscar Grant Plaza. After sampling hundreds of videos, I’m frankly stumped. What puzzles me most is the similarity between the YouTube archives and mainstream media. Occupiers have of course slammed MSM for focusing on fracas and vandalism to the exclusion of #OO’s positive achievements. Yet a large proportion of YouTube clips devoted to Occupy Oakland show street skirmishes and smashy just like MSM—indeed, … Continued


Where the name Oscar Grant Plaza comes from

Not alot of people were a part of Occupy Oakland at the very beginning, and some may be wondering why people call the plaza outside of city hall Oscar Grant Plaza, rather than the city given name which is Frank Ogawa Plaza First, a quick background. Frank Ogawa was a victim of the US injustice system and spent many years in a Japanese internment camp during WWII, and was elected to Oakland city Council in 1966, and was the first Japanese American elected to hold a city council seat in … Continued