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Saving Our Funky Shops and Flamboyant Political Theaters

February 5, 2014

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A recent New York Times piece on Google Bus and Anti-Google actions in the SF Bay Area holds some unlikely insights for those seeking to fight gentrification in San Francisco and Oakland. “Demonstrators regularly block the shuttles. Last week, a group of activists stalked a Google engineer at his East Bay house, urging the masses […]

The Other Domain: Oakland’s Parallel Public/Private Worlds. Update

January 29, 2014

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Halfway through the public comments on Tuesday’s Domain Awareness Center vote at the Public Safety Committee meeting, an older African American woman took the podium, the first and only Black person to speak on the issue that night. In her comments, she concretized the vague unease which many might have felt watching one after another […]

Earning the Ticket: An Interview with Tarcilo Caldera, Oakland Port Trucker and POTA activist

November 22, 2013

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Tarcilo Caldera is a thirty year old member of the Port Trucker’s Association [POTA]. He moved to the US from Nicaragua with his family at the age of five—his father has been a Port trucker since 1989 and his mother is a janitor in San Francisco. Trucking is in Tarcilo’s blood. He spent summers with […]

Scraper Bike Heroes and Other Gloriously Chaotic Casualties of the “Outside Agitator” Narrative

July 24, 2013

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Volumes have already been written about the protests in Oakland that exploded after the Zimmerman verdict on Saturday, July 13. I won’t delve deeply into some of the so-called “controversies”, because they are political constructs created by city officials and OPD. Trying to camouflage their own complicity in maintaining the system of police and systemic […]

Racist and Deracinated: Towards a More Inclusive White Supremacy

July 15, 2013

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One of the public sphere alleyways that keeps cropping up around the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman is the issue of the “race” of Zimmerman. The main current holds that Zimmerman is ‘white’, with a pushback from those that counter he is mixed race and/or Latino, because of his Latin American heritage. The […]

Banner Drops Against Adult School Cuts in East Oakland

May 22, 2013

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We went to two former adult schools in East Oakland today to do some support outreach and visibility for tonight’s action at OUSD–The Bond Street Adult School Annex in Fruitvale, and Edward Shands Adult School right next to Eastmont Mall. We set up our materials and painted our banners and did chalk messages on the […]

The Last Cut for Adult Ed in Oakland

May 21, 2013

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A few years ago, OUSD cut 90% of its adult education budget. Annexes and buildings that were once free centers of learning for the families of young adults and children struggling in OUSD’s classrooms, became encaged useless husks. Adult ed teachers lost their jobs and many of them were never able to return to teaching. […]

The Triumph of Activism

May 19, 2013

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 The last several decades have represented an extended period of decline for the idea of “activism”. Protest, which in its golden hey-days of pre-institutional labor, anti-war, and civil rights, was an organic powerhouse, using a flexible diversity of tactics. Movements were not tied to a single form of protest, but it was clear that the […]

DA’s Frivolous Prosecution of Black Activist Comes on the Heels of Back to Back Exonerations of Black Oaklanders

March 20, 2013

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Last year on May Day, a boisterous but mostly peaceful demonstration promoted by Occupy Oakland and other groups, was aggressively attacked by an OPD assault force. There really is no other way to describe the events [I wrote about that day here, and that attack in "Part 2"]. As the march, which had surged around […]

Distracted by Dorner, Updated: Expert Opinion on Use of “Burner” gas; update on number of rounds fired at false ID pickup

February 13, 2013

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After a week of round the clock Dorner coverage, one thing remains clear: the generations-old criticisms about LAPD are as true as ever. LAPD  nurses a culture of corruption, racism and violence and it deliberately protects its brood from the prying eyes of the public or accountability. From beginning to end of this fiasco, LAPD […]

Biblioteca Popular at the Crossroads: an uncertain future for the six month old ad hoc people’s library

February 3, 2013

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After over five months of unbelievable transformation–from dark blighted encaged dumping ground to accessible garden and outdoor library—Biblioteca Popular is once again in crisis as the city has moved to shut down the space. On Wednesday, city workers abruptly arrived and removed our “Biblioteca Popular” sign, and the next day they put a lock on […]

The Chronicles of Ted Friedman, aka, the World’s Worst Reporter

January 24, 2013

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Last year, on Febuary 18 at around 9pm, Berkeley resident Peter Cukor was murdered by a mentally ill intruder in front of his home. That same night, Occupy Oakland activists staged a ‘fuck the police’ march, which was to march from the Uptown area of Oakland to UC Berkeley to support activists there who’d faced […]

Better Ways to Throw Away a Quarter of a Million Dollars

January 23, 2013

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Last night, I planned to give a statement before the city council concerning the continued outlay of money for police consulting–250k after an initial 100k in less than 6 months for consultant Wasserman and now his new crony Bratton. My goal was to demonstrate just how much good a piddling amount–in the world of city […]

Archive of My Occupy Oakland Writing

January 16, 2013

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When I became immersed in writing and reporting about Occupy Oakland, I told myself that I would give myself 3 months of full throttle involvement, to really carve out a detailed and granular narrative of what I was seeing. Given the sacrifices in health and finance that I was making for those three months, I […]

Mordor, Orcs, Pigs and Capitalism

October 25, 2012

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 Its been a long painful and hopeful year for activists around the country. The Occupy Movement that began in New York was a bright light in an otherwise dreary and demoralizing decade of failures of activism and direct action. What began as unprecedented demonstrations that aggregated tens of thousands to what had once been manifestations […]

Biblioteca Popular Victor Martinez Update: Occupy Tactics Meet Community Organizing in the Murder Dubs: Updated

August 27, 2012

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Whatever happens in the coming days and weeks of the Biblioteca Popular Victor Martinez, the action has so far brought together an unprecedented union of local activism with Occupy tactics and community organizing. Though bottomliners began with humble expectations—filling the library with books, dropping the banner, inspiring communities to oppose austerity by taking issues into […]

Update on the People’s Library in Fruitvale

August 16, 2012

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On Monday morning, in the first recent action of its kind, anti-austerity, Occupy activists and radical librarians converged on a newly opened derelict building in the Fruitvale district and began to stock it with books. The building at 15th and Miller Avenue had been a library for over six decades, then an alternative continuation school […]

An Argument for Unsound Acts and Unrealistic Expectations: The Lakeview School Occupation’s End Run Around Conventional Wisdom

July 18, 2012

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On June 15, an Oakland coalition of educators, parents and activists moved forward with a plan to occupy a recently closed elementary school as a protest against a recent wave of closures. They had little chance of lasting the night; their funds were non existent, they lacked active public support and had few bodies. Against […]

Otherwise Occupied, but lots more soon…

June 20, 2012

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Otherwise Occupied, but lots more soon...

The lakeviewsitin is beginning to seem like a game-changer, and I'm uncautiously over-archingly and somewhat deliriously excited about the implications and possibilities. After the Occupy the Tract action, I wrote about the synergistic possibilities of Occupy movements and their societal and ideological building-blocks moving to ephemeral issue-driven actions, uniting with community groups to create new actions with unprecedented popular power. Take a read, I think I managed to capture the possible--and now actualized--way forward quite well. As for the lakeviewsitin, I'd rather wait for a more appropriate vantage point to write about it, so stay tuned. 

Reverse-Raptures, Magical Murder Maps, and Other Things That, at a Distance, Resemble Justice

June 11, 2012

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Biking home last night on Foothill Avenue, I happened upon Oakland’s 50th homicide. This isn’t the first time that I’ve biked past a murder scene in Oakland; for anyone who’s lived here long enough, its not as uncommon as one would hope. But the murder, and another in East Oakland the day before, intruded on […]

A Note on the Death of the Occupy Oakland General Assembly Audio Archive: Its your fault Occupy Oakland.

May 25, 2012

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For over five months, I attended every Occupy Oakland General Assembly, made an audio recording of the proceedings, and uploaded them on to an open source archive with links on my General Assembly Audio page. As time went on, however, I became lazier about uploading the recordings, as it takes about two hours from device […]

A Busy Week for Oakland’s Repression Machine

May 24, 2012

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It’s been quite a week for the alternately repressive and inept institutions of the City of Oakland. Last Tuesday, City Council members heard the emotional testimony of the Blueford family, whose son Alan, an eighteen year old senior about to graduate from Skyline High School, was shot by a still undisclosed Oakland police officer. The […]

Justice, Long Overdue for the ‘Ice Cream 3′

May 21, 2012

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In one of the District Attorney O’Malley’s first sane acts in years, her office this morning agreed to drop charges on the so-called ‘Ice Cream 3′. These three activists were charged with criminal acts, and, incredibly with a “hate crimes” enhancement, stemming from a non-physical and non-violent altercation with a bystander during a bank-closing action. […]

Of Farming, Cloud Communities and Issue-Driven Occupation: A Model for Occupy 2.0

May 19, 2012

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Part 1: to plant, you must supplant On an overcast and damp Earth Day 2012, a small but boisterous group of activists made their way to a rusting gate off of San Pablo Avenue, at the Berkeley-Albany border. Led by a marching band, carrying a shiny red soil tiller and trailers full of tools, the […]

Midnight Malfeasance at the City Council: Council Members Kick Michael Siegel Off an Oversight Commission for Supporting Occupy Oakland

May 16, 2012

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Michael Siegel, a champion of Occupy who’s done tons of pro bono work, including the initial defense for Kali, was kicked off the civil service commission last night via a proposal introduced by Libby Shaaf. While most mayoral appointments are simply rubberstamped by city council people, Shaf introduced a proposal to “bifurcate” Siegel’s name from […]

Update on Albany Occu-Farm: Farm Raided, But this is Far From Over: Update: Letter from Principal to Parents at Ocean View School

May 14, 2012

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UCPD from across California arrived in several police and chartered vans today, just after 6am. UCPD then gave a ten minute dispersal order, before Dear Ocean View Parents: I want to thank our families for getting students to school on time today. Despite the presence of helicopters and TV crews, school started as usual. UC […]

Update on Occu-Farm

May 9, 2012

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I and other farmers were awakened this morning to the sound of police bullhorns, informing us that UCPD were barricading the West entrance of the Gill Tract on Jackson St. and that they were deploying at the East entrance on San Pablo. In response, occupiers have moved some of their tools and infrastructure off site, […]

‘Good Protesters’, ‘Bad Protesters’ and Lessons Learned on May Day

May 7, 2012

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Part 1: As the electoral cycle begins both locally and nationally, it’s not surprising to find various formulations of the increasingly toxic 99-meme spreading virulently. At its heart, the Occupy movement has been characterized by a rejection of status-quo organizing, electoral end-runs and “progressive” establishment institutions. A decades-long frustration with illusory gains from orderly city-certified […]

Misquotes and the Mainstream Media’s “Fissure” Fetish

April 29, 2012

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I was horribly misquoted in an article in an SF Chronicle article by Kevin Fagan and Carolyn Jones. In my twenty or so minute phone interview with Jones, I never once mentioned the word violence, and neither did Jones. She did at one point, ask me, in a vague formulation, about Occupy Oakland’s “aggressive” actions, […]

What’s at Stake on May Day

April 28, 2012

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Josh Harkinson’s recent Nation article on the new and murky 99% Movement–a traditional top-down institutional organizing campaign dressed in Occupy meme-ery–ironically and unintionally states many of the issues that are at stake this May Day for Occupy and Americans. For months, the original set of Occupy movements that have survived repeated cullings by local authorities, […]

FBI Seizes Server from Rise Up/May First People Link

April 20, 2012

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The FBI seized a server from an office jointly shared by May/First People link and Riseup, two radical collectives of information activists providing internet services for the activist community around the country and world, on Wednesday. Riseup provides a crucial anonymous email service, which masks the identities of the sender and receiver, allowing for activists […]

The Bumpy Road to May Day

April 9, 2012

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Part 1: Yesterday was the first contentious General Assembly in a long while for Occupy Oakland. In the camp days, months ago, heated discourse was the norm for GA’s. The on-going need of sharing the camp, and the simmering stew of perspectives, experiences and ideologies that went into that process, created a vibrant, often antagonistic, […]

Consider Donating to Hyphenated Republic

March 26, 2012

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I began this blog eight years ago as a response to my feelings of powerlessness over the duopoly that controls our country. Throughout that time, I was constantly depressed that most of my political activity had become electronically based, because of the lack of a viable mass movement in the US. Over the past year, […]

Politicized ‘Hate Crimes’, the OPD and District Attorney O’Malley: Update

March 15, 2012

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As I’m doing the sound check for our interview, I ask Adalberto Castellon the perfunctory question designed to elicit a few seconds of continuous speech—it’s the usual, “what did you have for lunch” question. Adalberto, who goes by Adal, tells me that he had a protein shake, and then explains that it’s all he can […]

OPD’s “Less than Lethal” Lessons from Military Forces

March 9, 2012

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The story of American law enforcement has always been that of once-private protection firms for 1% elites in search of a social mandate. Despite the obvious primary role that police have in protecting the property of the richest and most powerful, life in a democracy is tough for elite guards—they must grow and assume forms […]

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