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

Posted on January 30, 2012

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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 Oakland residents.

 

For Immediate Release—January 30, 2012****

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Coalition Says No to Occupy Injunctions

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Press Contact: Isaac Ontiveros**

Stop the Injunctions Coalition****

Ph. 510-444-0484***

*Oakland*—During a press conference and several interviews Sunday,
both Mayor Jean Quan and Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said they would
seek to target protesters with civil “stay away” orders in an attempt to
keep them from participating in Occupy Oakland activities. Oakland**’s
Stop the Injunctions Coalition (STIC) is calling the OPD Chief and Quan’s
plan an overt attempt to expand the use of injunctions in
*Oakland***despite the fact that the Oakland City Council voted to
prevent the expansion of civil gang injunctions pending additional assessment. 

Oakland has already spent over $1 million on two temporary injunctions
in North Oakland and the Fruitvale, targeting the movement and
associations of alleged gang members. *Oakland*’s gang injunctions
were met with sustained protest throughout the last eighteen months and
have been widely condemned as ineffective, divisive, costly, and further
institutionalizing police use of racial profiling. The OPD’s own report on
the North Oakland Injunction found it to be ineffective in preventing or
addressing violent harm in that neighborhood.

“The Mayor and OPD’s proposal to use injunctions or stay away orders
against organizers is disturbing in many different ways,” says Rachel
Herzing of the Stop the Injunctions Coalition. “They are openly targeting
and criminalizing the political activity of *Oakland* residents.
They are proposing using a police tool that has been repeatedly debunked
and that the city council has specifically voted against expanding. What’s
more, they are proposing that the notoriously violent OPD, which is on the
brink of federal receivership, be given yet another tool to expand their
powers against this city’s residents.”

In opposing the North Oakland and Fruitvale injunctions, STIC has
continuously highlighted the affects of police violence on communities of
color in *Oakland* as well as the disparities between police spending
and education, sustainable housing, and healthcare spending. “The
discontent around jobs, budget cuts, housing, and healthcare that are being
amplified worldwide by the Occupy movement have been at the core of demands
that marginalized communities have been making for generations” says Maisha
Quint, STIC member and cultural worker at Eastside Arts Alliance. “Instead
of addressing the roots of the situation, the Mayor and OPD once again are
trying to police their way out of the problem. This has not worked
historically, and it certainly won’t work now.”****

 

Isaac Ontiveros**

Communications Director****

Critical Resistance****

****1904 Franklin St #504********

****Oakland* *CA* *94612****** **

510.444.0484 **

510.444.2177 (fax)****

510.517.6612 (cell)****

isaac@criticalresistance.org****

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