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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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