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Archives by Tag 'Occupy Oakland'
The Future of Occupy Oakland
C. H. ACHERON and MIKE KING
Like so many others, I now feel that the window is opening once again. And I would like to squeeze myself through it. But we must be careful; the gap is still narrow, and if we look closely, we can see that the window ...
Occupy Oakland, Permitted Protest, and Police Repression
MIKE KING
As the Occupy movement around the country begins to get more involved in immigrant struggles, or around the struggles of people of color more generally, complicated questions of race and risk, tactics and differential legal consequences for people of color are arising.  ...
Occupy Oakland: Are We Being Childish?
OSHA NEUMANN
“The Bay Area Occupy Movement has got to stop using Oakland as their playground,” said Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking at a press conference Saturday evening after a day of demonstrations called by Occupy Oakland that saw approximately 400 arrests, multiple injuries...
Occupy Reality
MARC SALOMON
The Bay Area has always been the outlier in American politics, often for the better and occasionally for the worse.  In the case of Occupy, the Bay Area’s unique situation highlights the challenges facing the movement from both its relative “left” and “right” ...
Out of the Ashes
SHEPHERD BLISS
The Sonoma County daily’s Press Democrat Feb. 1 editorial “Occupy Movement in Ashes” is wishful thinking. Our phoenix will rise during this month. You wait. You watch. You see. Occupy is still an infant, having been born in New York Sept. 17 with Occupy Wall ...
Occupy Oakland After the Crackdown
NICK ROBINSON
The night of January 28th in Oakland left me feeling angry.  I felt anger toward police for brutalizing people in the streets, illegally kettling protesters, and collectively punishing the entire march with indiscriminate use of chemical weapons and projectiles.  I felt...
Occupy Oakland and State Repression
MIKE KING
A crowd of several hundred quickly swelled to a couple thousand, as Occupy Oakland attempted to occupy the vacant Kaiser Convention Center.  The goal was to use it as an indoor base for Occupy Oakland – a place to have General Assemblies and meetings, share food and ge...
Oakland’s Dirty War
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
As winter sets in, the Occupy Movement nationwide confronts a new series of challenges. Conspiring with the weather, however, is the threat of a shifting policing model currently being tested out in Oakland. Coercive Attrition The Italian Co...
The Vacancies of Capitalism
MIKE KING
Throughout the first several weeks of Occupy Oakland’s existence the analysis and discussion at the General Assembly and elsewhere has been about the need to construct an entirely different social order.  It is not so much that “the system is broken” but that it is...
Dr. Taser / Mr. Clorox
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
On November 16 about two-hundred and fifty Oaklanders convened a general assembly in the city’s central square, Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza. It was yet another experiment in direct democracy, one of many public meetings held since the city’s encampment was e...
Retaking the Offensive in the Battle of the Story
STEVE STALLONE
For the Occupy movement, as in battlefield of the narrative, whose story is being told, whose perspective is the dominant frame, who are perceived to be the heroes and villains, the criminals and victims, is crucial. Remember when the stock market crashed in late 2...
Lessons from the Crackdown
PATRICK MADDEN
Despite the recent series of brutal and highly coordinated military-style police crackdowns on Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country, protestors, activists, students, and workers have boldly geared up for a new round of what promise to be furious political bat...
Exposing Cultural Myths at Occupy Oakland
SUSAN GALLEYMORE
What a welcome relief the Occupy movement’s trend of “leaderless” groups! True, this seemingly contradictory concept is difficult to absorb in a culture the promotes a leadership style that models the strongest, loudest, most persistent, and most vocal monopolizing ...
Death and Police Opportunism at Occupy Oakland
MIKE KING
A young man was shot dead outside Occupy Oakland in a dispute with a group of men Thursday afternoon.  At a vigil for the young man Thursday night, on the one month commemoration of the occupation, nerves are frayed both by the violence many witnessed earlier and the lik...
Scenes From Oakland’s General Strike
STEVE STALLONE
Even if a full General Strike and shut down of the city did not happen, the sheer audacity of Occupy Oakland’s reach drew international media attention and inspired activists around the world, spotlighting the imaginable if the not-yet achieved. The Occupy Genera...
Oakland’s General Strike
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
As an undergraduate at University of California, Berkeley in the late 1980s, I did not visit the nearby city of Oakland very frequently.  For the most part, I was ensconced in my own student circles and, to the extent that I got involved in politics, it was the local ca...
For the Fracture of Good Order
EMILY BRISSETTE
“Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, the burning of paper instead of children….” These were Father Daniel Berrigan’s words when he was on trial in 1969 for a draft board raid in Catonsville, Maryland. He and eight others had...
The Other One Percent
ISAAC LEV SZMONKO and ISAAC ONTIVEROS
On the morning of October 25, police from nearly twenty law enforcement agencies descended upon the Occupy Oakland encampment located outside city hall. They removed its occupants using chemical weapons, and arrested nearly 100 people before destroying the encampment. The...
What the Cops Really Did in Oakland
DENNIS BERNSTEIN
In a heavily armed pre-dawn raid, on Tuesday, Oct. 25, with back up from armored vehicles and helicopters, the Oakland Police Department in conjunction, with over 15 other police departments from Northern and Central California, stormed the sleepy Occupy Oakland Encampmen...
The 1946 Oakland General Strike
CAL WINSLOW
The 1946 Oakland general strike began with a dispute at two downtown department stores, Hastings’ and Kahn’s, where 425 clerks (mostly women) were on strike for union recognition. The strike, a landmark event in Northern California labor history, was also a sig...
Talking With Michael Moore on OWS
DAVEY D AND DENNIS BERNSTEIN
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 25, the heavily armed Oakland Police Department in conjunction, with 16 other police departments from all over Northern and Central California, stormed the Occupy Oakland Encampment, fully dressed in helmets, and riot gear, and ...
Going Down Fighting
SHEPHERD BLISS
Occupy Oakland won a resounding Oct. 26 victory by mobilizing 3000 people to respond to a police riot. They took down the police fence that exiled them from the plaza in front of city hall, set up tents again, and returned to dancing and receiving massage and acupuncture ...
Police Can Also be Traitors
JOE GIAMBRONE
“…or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -Amendment 1 This law that I believe all police swear to uphold has been vi...
Oakland on Strike!
MIKE KING and GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
[Mike is reporting from the ground in Oakland, former Oakland resident George contributed political analysis] A major victory has been won. For only the second time in Oakland’s recent political history, mass action in the street has forced the hand of c...