New Year's Day march in memory of Oscar Grant

On January 1, 2012, Occupy Oakland, Bring the Ruckus and the Oscar Grant Committee are holding a march and rally of Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, 2009. Commemorating this third anniversary of Grant’s death: 12:30 p.m. Meet at 14th & Broadway, recent renamed Oscar Grant Plaza by Occupy Oakland 1:00 p.m. March to […]

 

 
 
 

Solidarity from Oakland – to Samira, to the Women of Egypt

Imagine losing ones virginity to the groping hand of an army officer. Imagine further that one is tortured by that officer, tortured and humiliated in front of others like him. Most of us would withdraw to figuratively lick our wounds, withdraw and thank our lucky stars we’re still alive. The power of the state and it’s control of the media is at present considerably more pervasive in Egypt than it […]

 

New Raids at Occupy Oakland

The Oakland Police Department conducted what was, even by their standards, a brutal and unwarranted raid at the Occupy Oakland vigil today. The reasons given for the first arrests were having “possessions in the plaza”, which is not a crime. Watch this video: The police then escalated the level of violence: video via @geekeasy This is a quick synopsis of a police raid that occurred on vigilers at OGP today […]

 

The Four Factors that Made Occupy Oakland the Occupy Game Changer

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 open to all who wanted to join. Donated tents assured that the homeless and poor […]

 

Corporate Control of People with Disabilities

This article was written by Sharon Wachsler and originally appeared at #Occupy at Home. It’s cross-posted here with her permission. View the original post and comments here. This post was written for the December issue of the Disability Blog Carnival, taking place at my personal blog, After Gadget. It’s not too late to get your post in! The call for submissions is here. [EDIT: The December issue of the Disability […]

 

Women's Rally and March in Solidarity with Egyptian Women and Girls

START DATE: Friday December 30 TIME: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Location Details: Oscar Grant Plaza (Frank Ogawa Plaza) 12th St/City Center BART 14th St exit off 24/980 Oakland, Ca Event Type: Critical Mass Contact Name Shimaa Email Address [email protected] Phone Number 510-540-7007 The largest protest ever in Egypt, over 10,000 women took to the streets Dec 20th, to protest police brutality and violence against women and girls. Come to […]

 

#OccupyOakland Live via @bellaeiko #oo

 

@bellaeiko UStream of the #occupyOakland camp raid #oo

@bellaeiko’s ustream: @bellaeiko’s youtube video of the previous raid:

 

Occupy Achieves Victories in Smaller Cities

Rose Aguilar’s article for Truthout brings light to a study conducted at the University of California-Riverside called “Diffusion of the Occupy Movement in California.” Riverside academics found 143 cities and towns in California with their own Occupy groups. Let that number sink in for a moment. This is JUST IN CALIFORNIA: ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-THREE DIFFERENT OCCUPIES. As Occupy Oakland is an embattled and much-discussed uprising, we in Oakland find […]

 

History Shows: the Media Always Opposes Movements Like Ours

In the last week of 2011, Boots Riley from Occupy Oakland wrote an op-ed piece for the San Francisco Bay Guardian which provides some historical context for the often bewildering coverage of the Occupy movement we have seen in the US press. From hit pieces to lopsided, unbalanced accounts based more on police announcements and mayoral proclamations than actual reporting, the coverage of Occupy Oakland has been inconsistent. Every progressive […]