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Occupiers Face Harassment and Poor Treatment in Jail: Other Occupiers Also Being Arraigned

January 2, 2012


Tiffany Tran was arrested during a police raid of Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant plaza this weekend, along with over a dozen other occupiers and bystanders. She was charged with an absurd felony–lynching–which criminalizes even touching or comforting someone once they’re in the physical custody of a police officer. I spoke with a friend of hers who […]

Bringing the Noise to the OPD

January 1, 2012


While not the most exciting image in an action in which fireworks were shot into the night sky beside the jail, it does get the message across.

More Arrests at OGP, Update, at least four more arrested earlier, Update 2: ten out of eleven remain in jail

December 30, 2011


This is a quick synopsis of a police raid that occurred on vigilers at OGP today at approximately 2pm. At around 12pm, police arrived at the tree sit and began to arrest people in the vicinity. No reason was given. These people are known in the camp as: Leila Josh Momo Around the same time, […]

Boilerplate End of Year Piece: The Four Factors that Made Occupy Oakland the Occupy Game Changer

December 29, 2011


People like End of Year retrospectives. So here’s mine on Occupy Oakland, highlighting what I think were the game-changing features of the movement that have made it arguably, and according to many, the vanguard of nation-wide Occupy. The ‘Open’ Camp: From the evening of October 10, the camp at Frank Ogawa Plaza/Oscar Grant Plaza was […]

“Occupying Oakland, That’s Exactly What We’re Doing”, Update 1, Update 2, Update 3

December 27, 2011


There had been word for the past few days of a “secret camp” being established by the Tactical Action Committee. I don’t feel like I need to know everything that’s happening in OO, so I was content to see where this was going, enjoying TAC’s tweets about it. Whatever the ostensible plans for the “secret […]

Christmas at OGP

December 25, 2011


Khali and Truth, Two Original OGP Activists in Jail and Need Support

December 23, 2011


I also wanted to highlight the situation of Truth, an original occupier who’s been in jail on an unrelated charge stemming from a probation violation. We speak in the abstract of the dangers for people of color, poor and disenfranchised from participating in civil disobedience–Truth and Khali represent the concrete realities. The complexities of being […]

For Khali, an Occupier, Updated

December 22, 2011


Its hard to write about people in one’s life; its easy to move too far towards hagiography, and even easier to accidentally smear someone’s reputation or portray them unfairly. There’s a beautiful story I learned last night about Khali and another camper—who ironically was in jail for the past month and was only released yesterday […]

Sympathy from the Devil

December 21, 2011


I owe someone a slice of pizza. Last night, after the rush and exhilaration of taking the City Hall chambers–shutting down Council President Reid’s attempts to limit each person’s speech to one minute instead of the normal two, and making him eat his words about having police escort us all out–an OG Occupy Oakland member […]

Of Umbrellas and Justice

December 19, 2011


Vigil people and the OGP Interfaith Community dealt a powerful, if absurdist, blow to city hall and OPD today. In their attempts to find any way to suppress political expression in the shadow of city hall, police made the mistake of expressing a local ordinance as a prohibition on umbrellas. Such one dimensional brinksmanship seems […]

Umbrella Insurrection at Oscar Grant Plaza

December 15, 2011


Photo by Enrique When police looked for a code that makes physical presence in OGP illegal, they decided on a novel interpretation of a local ordinance. On three separate occasions police officers claimed that standing still with an umbrella in the plaza makes you a structure and such novel umbrella-human hybrid forms would be subject […]

West Coast Port Shutdown. Oakland, Part 2: Occupy Oakland’s Unstoppable Revolution, Updated

December 13, 2011


Over the last two months, Occupy Oakland has seemed to take the express lane to national level visibility and de facto leadership of the Occupy movement. An open camp at the seat of city power, in tension and without negotiation with city hall, marked a unique movement from the start. The openness created the matrix […]

Human Shields at the West Coast Port Shutdown

December 9, 2011


Chip Johnson has another OO hatchet job in his column today, blaming Occupy Oakland for the city’s budget woes and adding the attendant claim that OO hurts the people of the city. It’s been a familiar refrain as the port shutdown—an unprecedented strike against corruption and misplaced priorities—has geared up, and as Oakland has led […]

Word versus Action

December 5, 2011


The main event at yesterday’s first ever 2pm GA was the “decolonize” proposal—anyone who was in the plaza between 3 and 6 knows that much. But the story of who was right, wrong, too loud, or too disrespectful is probably more complicated than that immediately reveals. I know I eventually went off the grid—you’ll note […]

Still Clearing Up Some Rumors

December 4, 2011


Though I’ve written several letters of correction to the author of the blog I’ve mentioned in recent posts, Tequila Sovereign, she’s inexplicably elected not to publish them. Rather, she published her own correction in her letters section, which gets even more things wrong. Now she says I’m not in the media committee at all, but […]

Mystery Canopies Appear Through Time and Space at OGP, Despite Being Banned by City of Oakland

December 3, 2011


Ever since the last police raid that destroyed the camp at Occupy Oakland, the Interfaith Committee has continued to challenge the city’s authority to stifle free speech actions. Interfaith members braved arrest in an act of civil disobedience on the night of the November 15th raid;  they returned to the plaza in the ensuing weeks. […]

A Blast from the Past, Occupy Oakland Day 8

December 3, 2011


I found this from one of my early posts about Occupy Oakland, an eternity ago. “…That’s not to say there aren’t other problems. A scuffle last night showed the power of confusion and emotion among a very small group to disrupt an entire community, and it brought up serious questions of how to manage a […]

Clearing Up Some Rumors and Stating Things Clearly

December 2, 2011


The Rumors An article at a blog has some incredible inaccuracies about OO and me. I’ve written a letter to the author; whether or not the inaccuracies are simple ignorance or actual mendacity will hinge on whether its published. In the meantime,  I’m going to clear up those things here: I do only a few […]

Blame Bankrupting Overtime Costs on the City and OPD, not Protesters

November 29, 2011


An Associated Press story about the cost of police overtime in relation to suppressing the Occupy movements has been making the rounds this past week, and has influenced punditry and populace alike. Not surprisingly, Oakland is singled out in the story along with New York city where the respective police forces have been known also […]

Interview with Phil Horne of Occupy Legal Committee on the Occupy Oakland Vigil

November 29, 2011


Phil Horne is a civil rights lawyer and a member of the Occupy Legal Committee–a group which grew out of the legal support team for Occupy SF, and evolved to also focus on issues for Occupy Oakland and the Occupy movement in general. Horne was drawn to Occupy Oakland, because it was an “amazing place”, […]

Serious Questions About OPD’s Ability to Oversee Freedom of Speech Events

November 24, 2011


Occupy Oakland has had some rough times lately. Two at first wildly successful–and then frustrated–occupations. And, of course, a lot of negative press and pressure from the city and its corporate bosses. A Thanksgiving feast for the public held today in the amphitheatre of Frank Ogawa Plaza—as OO called it, a Day of Gratitude—was meant […]

GA Can Also Stand for Getting off your Ass, Updated 1, 2 [Tuesday Evening]

November 22, 2011


I made a joke earlier about Occupy Oakland’s General Assembly being a clever device designed to make occupiers so frustrated with bullshit that they would actually go out and do things themselves. That’s an exaggeration, of course. The GA has been responsible for some unequivocally fantastic things: the November 2nd General Strike; the November 19th […]

The Brief but Influential Life of Oh-Oh Three-Oh at 19th & Telegraph

November 20, 2011


Certainly, those who claimed that the move to 19th and Broadway Telegraph was a tactical error will think they can claim the high ground today as the OPD throws away yet another set of tents. But the reality of the day of actions on Saturday is not such a simple story. Rather than lend credence […]

Avoiding the PR Trap at 19th & Telegraph [w/audio of 11-18-11 GA]

November 19, 2011


When I heard about the 19th/Telegraph location as a possible new camp site, I was skeptical. The issue of residential neighborhood was foremost on my mind, although I actually didn’t think the school—Oakland School for the Arts—would have a problem. Kids spend almost all of their time IN a school, not in the neighborhood around […]

“I’m on a Boat!”: Occupy Oakland Navigates in Unknown Waters

November 17, 2011


A weird energy enveloped the plaza on the last night of Occupy Oakland 2.0. The infrastructure of the community was quickly deconstructing, for one thing. The kitchen had been partially dismantled to save key components for the future. Largely abandoned, it had stopped serving food. Police foot patrols were symbolically inching their way toward the […]

What Violence Isn’t

November 11, 2011


First, let’s make sure that we begin talking about Occupy Oakland not merely as the local chapter of Occupy Wall Street. Occupy Wall Street wasn’t a local phenomenon, it was organized by people in Canada, had buy in from people around the nation and found New York supporters along the way to becoming a national […]

Oakland Councilman Ignacio de la Fuente’s District: A Free Dumping Zone Update: More Garbage, New Heap Adjacent to Mattress

November 10, 2011


Yesterday, Oakland City Council member Ignacio de la Fuente called a press conference along with three other council people to demand the immediate end of the Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza. It was, no doubt, a hilarious spectacle. Politicians–who know they can call a press conference in the lobby of city hall any […]

Giving Voice to the Voiceless, Just One of Many Services Occupy Oakland Offers the Community

November 9, 2011


Monday night, shortly before the General Assembly, a distraught stranger took the stage and began speaking to the crowd about his experiences, apparently just hours earlier, in foreclosure proceedings that took his family home. At first, I think, he seemed angry at us all–and you may be able to hear me say in the recording […]

Businesses and Protesters Occupy a New Oakland Downtown

November 8, 2011


The General Strike of Wednesday November 2, 2011, was an epic day for Oakland. But what would have gone down in history as one of the largest ad hoc mobilizations in history was later derailed by an outrageously violent police response to the occupation of a building adjacent to Frank Ogawa Plaza and concurrent vandalism […]

The General Strike of November 2nd, and How Occupy Oakland, Occupied Oakland

November 3, 2011


The essence of the current transformation of Occupy Oakland, from a hard-working and misunderstood sudden-cadre of politically-evolving activists, to a broad based popular movement was encapsulated for me by a conversation I recently had with someone who lives in an apartment building at the edge of the plaza. I’ll call him Bill. I introduced myself […]

Occupy Oakland’s Turbulent Adolescence, Update

October 28, 2011


What I knew as Occupy Oakland is gone now. What’s replaced it could be anything, even the key to revolution in my lifetime, but it will never be what was left behind in the pile of rubble created by police on Tuesday morning. Managed chaos seems to be the theme that’s taken over the movement […]

The Last “last-day” at Occupy Oakland

October 26, 2011


There were several “last-days” of Occupy Oakland. From the moment the first city notice to vacate arrived, people began to prepare and expect the worse. But as I’ve written elsewhere, the constant threat of eviction never stopped people from planning for tomorrow. Occupy Oakland’s last “last-day” at Ogawa was no different. Like many, I had […]

Occupy Oakland: Hugs Are Also an Option

October 24, 2011


On a warm Sunday afternoon in Ogawa plaza, there’s a salsa class going on. Just a few feet away, a labor organizer is giving a workshop on the Occupy movements and the labor rank and file. Little kids are given space to play and express themselves creatively in the children’s tent. Across the camp by […]

What Could the Homeless Possibly Have to Protest About?

October 22, 2011


One of the more instructive issues to emerge from Occupy Oakland has been that of an artificial dichotomy between homelessness and occupation-activism. Like the idea of non-traditional activists from communities of color holding their ground alongside anarchists, socialists and liberals, nothing has panicked both city officials and supporters of the OWS movement more than the […]

Occupy Oakland Day 11: From Crisis Comes Dancing, Beatboxing, Resolve, Community

October 21, 2011


I planned for a leisurely but fulfilling evening of washing dishes at Occupy Oakland last night. I’d enjoyed doing that the night before, feeling the hum of activity around the O-O kitchen and welcoming center, sharing impromptu conversations with people as they brought their dirty dishes and cookware up, watching over the city street before […]


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