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The Shortest Distance between Palestine and Ferguson

August 14, 2014


The superficially coincidental images coming from both Gaza and Ferguson this month have created some surprising and sudden currents of solidarity. Many have looked on with amazement, for example, as Gazans offer tips via twitter to those who have been involved in the uprising and faced the absurd and excessively militarized response to it by Ferguson […]

California Set to Give a New Extra-Judicial Eviction Tool to Oakland, Updated with Letter from City Attorney Urging New Eviction Powers

April 29, 2014


While several patches to Oakland and San Francisco’s tenant rent laws have made the news over the past weeks—notably, the flawed and insufficient Capital Improvements modifying legislation in Oakland, and increases in minimums of Ellis Act Eviction buy outs in San Francisco—there has been more than one potentially catastrophic piece of extra-judicial anti-tenant legislation inching […]

Saving Our Funky Shops and Flamboyant Political Theaters

February 5, 2014


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


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 […]

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

January 24, 2013


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


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


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 […]

Otherwise Occupied, but lots more soon…

June 20, 2012


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


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


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


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


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. […]

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

May 16, 2012


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


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 […]

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

May 7, 2012


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


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


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


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


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


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, […]

Another Reason for Bay Area Residents to Hate Police

February 21, 2012


An ugly set of rumors, innuendo and apparently purposed disinformation from media and the Berkeley Police Department have risen out of the murder of Peter Cukor outside of his home in Berkeley on Friday, February 17 . The narrative meme—that police busy monitoring Occupy Oakland protests are somehow prevented from stopping such crimes—is the same […]

Two Kinds of Non-Violence: Occupy Oakland, Khader Adnan and the Liberal Non-Violence Discourse

February 19, 2012


Violence has always been a useful term for governments and their allied establishment figures in media and punditry. Key to that utility is a very specialised use of the term as a descriptor for actions that don’t originate with the establishment or authorities. Police, armies, presidents and city administrators do not engage in violence. They […]

Support this Occupy Oakland Writing

February 17, 2012


I grew up within two very beautiful, but guilt-ridden cultures, so its always difficult to ask for support for my blog. It seems the height of arrogance and privilege to ask for money for something that, as arduous as its been, is also something I love doing. When I started my first kickstarter, I was […]

What Lies Beneath the “Violence” Discourse

February 4, 2012


I had a frustrating interview on Voice of Russia radio earlier this week. I’ve been on the show a couple of times before, and I’ve found the hosts to be level-headed and fair. So I was deeply shocked and surprised, when, after this last weekend’s events, they kept coming back, again and again, to the […]

Stop the Injunctions Coalition Draws Parallel with Occupy Oakland Stay Away Orders

January 30, 2012


The Stop the Injunctions Coalition rightly sees the parallel between the free speech issues of Occupy Oakland activists and those of targeted community members resisting “gang injunctions”. They’ve sent this press release to highlight the OPD/City’s continued misuse of resources into preventing freedom of speech and assembly instead of funding homes, schools and jobs for […]

The Case of the Disappearing Dynamite and Other Stories of the Ongoing Oakland Occupation: Update: Mysteriously Scheduled Hearings

January 17, 2012


Stay Away Orders: At least two Occupiers have, or have been told they will receive, stay away orders from Oscar Grant Plaza. Ironically, these 300 yrd. stay orders given as condition of release on bail for protesters arrested for expressing their freedom of speech rights, also bar them from engaging in city hall, visiting their […]

Interview with Leila from the Kitchen Committee

January 13, 2012


A week or so ago, many people were horrified by video of riot-gear clad Oakland police rushing a woman fleeing on a bike, and then beating her as she fell off her bicycle. That woman was Leila, and that bicycle with its trailer has brought countless meals and supplies to Oscar Grant  plaza in the […]

Update on Occupiers Arrested Last Night

January 5, 2012


An UPDATE on OO Arrestees: Naomi, Svend, Knowledge, Dominic, Adam, Bunny, Stephanie, Diana & Nneka have all been charged with misdemeanor obstruction (148) [they’ve added a second misdemeanor for Stephanie] and will be arraigned tomorrow morning at 9am in Dept 107. Bail is set at $5000 for all of them except Stephanie whose bail is […]

“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 […]

Police Harassment of Occupy Oakland Members Continues in Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza, Update

December 16, 2011


Continuing harassment from the previous night, police arrested two to three people—one apparently for sitting on a blanket in the plaza. Police also apparently confiscated a food table, which has been for weeks offering free food to the hungry in the plaza. While the vigil itself operates under a permit, actual use of the park […]

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 1

December 12, 2011


We did it. We met at West Oakland Bart at 5pm, dozens at first, then hundreds. I left with the first wave of bicyclists, sandwiched in a series of buses carrying protesters to various berths in the port. At first it was unclear whether there’d be enough people to even hold our berth; but then […]

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 […]

KQED/The California Report’s Awful Occupy Oakland Analysis

November 5, 2011


If you’d like to completely misunderstand what’s been going on in Occupy Oakland since the General Strike on Wednesday, look no further than KQED’s the California Report weekend edition radio magazine. Despite the fact that the program is produced just a fifteen minute BART ride from the encampment, the program’s poor and inaccurate reporting feels […]

A Night of Violence…Against Oakland Protesters

November 5, 2011


Media narratives have been full of questions about violence on November 2nd, the historic Oakland general strike where tens of thousands of bay area residents convened on downtown Oakland throughout the day, and then shut down the port in act of non-violent civil disobedience. Several people were hurt on Wednesday, its true. But they were […]


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