Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Upcoming January Events

27 December 2011

NYE – Prison Solidarity March and Party – 9pm Oscar Grant Plaza

1 Jan.Oscar Grant Memorial – 1pm Oscar Grant Plaza

7 Jan.Anti-Police Repression March – 8pm Oscar Grant Plaza

8 Jan.Feminist/Queer Block – Noon to 5pm at 19th & Telegraph

9. Jan. – American Licorice Strike/Picket – Beginning at 5am at 2477 Liston Way, Union City, CA. Additional support is needed at 2:30pm to 11pm.

19 Jan.UC Regents Meeting at UC Riverside Protest

22 Jan.Justice for Kenneth Harding Jr – Noon at Third & Palou in Bay View, SF

  • More on Kenneth Harding Jr.

28 Jan.Occupy Oakland Building Occupation – 5pm Oscar Grant Plaza

Related:

  • #OccupyOakland establishes a new encampment on Tuesday, 27 December at 21st and Mandela in West Oakland. The encampment is being called the Cypress Triangle. Update: Cypress Triangle was evicted shortly after being established, much like at many other reoccupations.
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Oscar Grant Memorial: Gone But Not Forgotten

23 December 2011

March and Occupation in Solidarity with OccupySantaCruz

29 November 2011

Coordinated West Coast Port Shutdown

27 November 2011

CALIFORNIA, OREGON, WASHINGTON – A Coordinated US West Coast port shutdown for Monday, December 12th has been called for by the occupation movement in solidarity with longshoreman, particularly in Longview, WA. RSVP here.

A Call from Occupy Oakland:

Greetings and Solidarity from Occupy Oakland!

We present this call to you because we believe it is time the occupation movement begins to work together to carry through coordinated, pinpointed actions. We want  to disrupt the profits of the 1% and show solidarity with those in the 99% who are under direct attack by corporate tyranny.

Occupations throughout the US have been evicted through nationally coordinated police raids. It is time for us to respond with our own coordinated actions. Our aim is to shutdown the West Coast ports:

  • On December 12, the occupy movements in different cities will stage  mass mobilizations to march on the ports, create community pickets, and effectively shutdown the hubs of commerce, in the same fashion that Occupy Oakland shut down the Port of Oakland on November 2nd, the day of our general strike. The Oakland Port Shutdown was a historic and effective action, and the memory of that night on the port lives in the hearts of people across Oakland and around the country.
  • The message to you from Occupy Oakland in the face of police raids and continued disruptions of workers lives by the 1% is the following: The Occupy movement will strike back and rise again! We will blockade all of the West Coast Ports on December 12th in solidarity with longshoremen, port workers and truckers in their struggle against the 1%! Together we are unstoppable! Strike while the iron is hot!

The following is the call for a coordinated West Coast Port Blockade to be carried out by the Occupy movement. It is this call which we wish for other Occupies to endorse and carry out. West Coast Occupations will have full political and material support for each other in whatever ways are necessary before, during, and after the port blockades. This call was passed unanimously at our Occupy Oakland General Assembly on Friday, November 18th.

Proposal for a Coordinated West Coast Port Blockade Passed Unanimously at the Occupy Oakland General Assembly 11/18/2011:

In response to coordinated attacks on the occupations and attacks on workers across the nation:

Occupy Oakland calls for the blockade and disruption of the economic apparatus of the 1% with a coordinated shutdown of ports on the entire West Coast on December 12th.   The 1% has disrupted the lives of longshoremen and port truckers and the workers who create their wealth, just as coordinated nationwide police attacks have turned our cities into battlegrounds in an effort to disrupt our Occupy movement.

We call on each West Coast occupation to organize a mass mobilization to shut down its local port.  Our eyes are on the continued union-busting and attacks on organized labor, in particular the rupture of Longshoremen jurisdiction in Longview Washington by the EGT.   Already, Occupy Los Angeles has passed a resolution to carry out a port action on the Port Of Los Angeles on December 12th, to shut down SSA terminals, which are owned by Goldman Sachs.

Occupy Oakland expands this call to the entire West Coast, and calls for continuing solidarity with the Longshoremen in Longview Washington in their ongoing struggle against the EGT.  The EGT is an international grain exporter led by Bunge LTD, a company constituted of 1% bankers whose practices have ruined the lives of the working class all over the world, from Argentina to the West Coast of the US.  During the November 2nd General Strike, tens of thousands shutdown the Port Of Oakland as a warning shot to EGT to stop its attacks on Longview.  Since the EGT has disregarded this message, and continues to attack the Longshoremen at Longview, we will now shut down ports along the entire West Coast.

  • Participating occupations are asked to ensure that during the port shutdowns the local arbitrator rules in favor of longshoremen not crossing community picket lines in order to avoid recriminations against them.
  • Should there be any retaliation against any workers as a result of their honoring pickets or supporting our port actions, additional solidarity actions should be prepared.
  • In the event of police repression of any of the mobilizations, shutdown actions may be extended to multiple days.

We ask that you bring our proposal to your next General Assembly, as it is urgent that each Occupy begins to organize and mobilize for this major offensive ASAP. Please let us know if you have questions or need help. Most importantly, please copy us on your support resolutions passed at your GA’s.

In Solidarity and Struggle,
Occupy Oakland

Oakland calls for Day of Action Against Repression

17 November 2011

from OccupyOakland:

The last week has seen a coordinated attack against numerous major occupations in the US– Portland, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Denver, Oakland, San Francisco, New York and other cities across the country.  Several news reports have indicated that these simultaneous attacks were directed by the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with local mayors and police departments. It should be clear to us that this is happening not because we are weak, but because we have become a real threat to the status quo, and the US government fears the new, more forceful direction the Occupy movement has taken in recent weeks. If our adversaries in the government can coordinate a national offensive against the Occupy movement, then we too can coordinate a response that draws upon the considerable depth, breadth and diversity of our occupations. Occupy Wall Street’s national call for a two month birthday celebration on November 17 is an important step in this direction.

To continue this national momentum, we call on all other occupations to join our day of action against state repression on November 19. Oakland has already decided that, after our second eviction from Oscar Grant Plaza early Monday morning, this is the day for us to expand and re-establish our occupation. However, we encourage other occupations to participate whether they have been attacked recently or not. Each occupation is encouraged to interpret this call and respond to it as it sees fit. Through a day of coordinated actions we can demonstrate and build upon the potential that the occupy movement holds in fighting the ruling authorities.

Oakland This Saturday

15 November 2011

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Solidarity Demo with Prisoner Hunger Strikers

7 October 2011

from serfcityrevolt:

Louden Nelson Park, Santa Cruz
Saturday, 10/8 @ 6:30pm
Bring Noisemakers

from indybay.org:

12,000 prisoners are on hunger strike across the state of California in resistance to conditions in Special Housing Units (SHU).

The prisoner’s demands are simple:
1. End Administration Abuse & Group Punishment
2. Abolish the Debriefing Policy & Modify Gang Status Criteria
3. End Long Term Solitary Confinement
4. Provide Adequate and Nutritious Food
5. Expand and Provide Constructive Programming & Privileges

After a march through town to distribute information, we will have a noisy demonstration at the county jail to let the inmates hear that they are not alone.

Stand in solidarity with prisoners everywhere. Amplify their voices in the streets where we live.

Read More:

Free Fly Benzo

24 July 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, California — In the wake of the 2 recent police shootings — one by the BART police, killing Charles Hill, who was intoxicated and shot moments after police arrived, and the second by the SFPD killing Kenneth Harding, for what many witnesses corroborate as Harding evading a public transit fare — a flurry of protests and actions have erupted resulting in dozens of arrests. Among these, one community member and organizer, Fly Benzo, was arrested at his home by the police a few days ago. He is being held right now on $43,000 bail, and has been charged with some misdemeanors and felonies. His arraignment is being held today, most likely during the afternoon. Supporters should stay updated here, and turn out to pack the courtroom today!

UPDATE: It appears the DA has dropped his charges, and that he will be released today (Tuesday).

TIME: Monday – July 25

The arraignment looks to begin in the afternoon, but folks will be demonstrating starting at 8:30am.

UPDATE: It appears that he will be arraigned on Thursday, July 28th, instead.

LOCATION: San Francisco Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street

Bayview Shooting Demo: Rage in the Street

17 July 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, California – A black man in Bayview was shot and killed by police Saturday afternoon, after he ran away for fare evasion of the public transit MUNI. This comes on the heels of the police shooting of Charles Hill at a BART station platform in San Francisco. The police claimed that the intoxicated Hill posed a threat and wielded a knife, while the police are claiming that the Bayview shooting transpired because the passenger was carrying a gun. Read more about the shooting below.

A demonstration has been called for on Tuesday, 5pm, Dolores Park. See more on Indybay.

Anticut 3 – Friday

7 July 2011

from Bay of Rage:

Anticut 3: Austerity Is Prison

//July 8th, 6:00 sharp, don’t be late//
//Intersection of Broadway and Telegraph [Oakland]//

against capitalism
against austerity
against prisons
in solidarity with the Pelican Bay hunger strike

  • be on time; we leave at 6:00 pm sharp
  • bring noisemakers! pots and pans, horns, etc
  • bring friends, banners, propaganda
  • let’s keep each other safe
  • for more information on the newly-passed California austerity budget, read this
  • for more information about the Pelican Bay hunger strike, visit this website

This is the third in a series of anti-austerity actions designed to resist and make visible the new age of austerity and crisis in which we find ourselves. As many will know, the state of California recently passed a devastating budget, inflicting deep cuts to health  care programs, universities and community colleges, public assistance grants, mental health, and programs for the elderly and disabled. Resistance is more necessary than ever. Since it has become clear that neither corporations nor the state can provide jobs or resources for us, we need to begin providing for each other directly. To do that, we first need to get together, get organized and get going. This is what Anticut 3 is about.

But because any attempt to fight the austerity regime will be met by state repression –which we saw a glimpse of during Anticut 2 – and because the current budget will swell California’s already overcrowded prisons, we have decided that this next action should stand in direct solidarity with the important hunger strike by prisoners at the notorious Pelican Bay “Supermax” prison. Anticut 3 is dedicated to articulating the links between austerity and the prison system.

also, be sure to make it to our comrades’ action in SF on July 7th: Take Back the Day

Bay of Rage, Anti-cut 2

16 June 2011

from BayofRage:

//Where: Starts at intersection of Broadway & Telegraph, Oakland//
//When: June 17, 3:00 pm//

This is the second in a series of counterausterity marches and events we have planned for the summer, in order to begin assembling an anticapitalist force capable of combating the current age of budget cuts and economic violence.  This second event is a disruption—a mobile blockade—meant to interrupt, temporarily, the business as usual which economic crisis ever more desperately imposes as the public face of private wealth. For every library and school closure, ten ATMs spring up overnight, circulating ever more swiftly the wealth, looted via predatory lending and home foreclosures. This is not news. Just as globally the US seeks to prop up brutal plutocracies and autocrats in order to maintain its grip on oil reserves and military outposts in the face of popular revolts, so, too, in Oakland we daily confront mechanisms meant to insure our passivity in the face of dispossession: pernicious sit-lie laws, skyrocketing tuition, mounting layoffs and rising unemployment. The city itself is a bank, a dazzling accumulation of wealth, increasingly withdrawn from our lives and stashed in broad daylight, policed with public funds for the enrichment of a few. Join us in jamming, temporarily, these circuits of dispossession.

Mehserle to be Released Sunday

8 June 2011

OAKLAND, California – Johannes Mehserle, the police officer who murdered Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale BART station on January 1st 2009, will be released from jail this Sunday, June 12th. Mehserle has served a little over a year of time in prison for shooting Grant in the back while he lay face down on the platform floor. Videos of the murder were spread quickly over the internet and on the news shortly after the shooting, clearly depicting Grant unarmed and Mehserle standing over him firing his sidearm.

Mehserle was arrested only after a great deal of protest (and arrests) in Oakland. He was placed on trial in June of last year, where several discrepancies took place in his favor, calling into question the legitimacy of trial. Further, this was the first time that Mehserle showed any remorse of the murder; he had never so much as contacted Grant’s family to apologize. On July 8th, 2010, Johannes Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, sparking fury and protests in the Oakland community, leading to further arrests of protestors. He was sentenced in November, and was given 2 years with the possibility for an early release.

UPDATE: It appears Mehserle is being released on Monday, not Sunday. HOWEVER, it appears the scheduled protests for Sunday are still in effect for Sunday, in Oakland.

Two protests will follow his release on Sunday:

  • 3:00pm at the Fruitvale BART station
  • 5:30pm at Broadway and 14th (downtown)


Day of Mehserle’s Release

30 May 2011

OAKLAND, California – On Wednesday, June 1st, Johannes Mehserle, the police officer who murdered Oscar Grant, will go before Judge Perry and may be released.

UPDATE: It seems that the court date might be pushed back to June 13th.

On the day of his release meet at:

  • 3:00 p.m. at the Oscar Grant (Fruitvale) BART station
  • 5:00 p.m. at 14th & Broadway

Bay of Rage: Anti-cut 1: Roving Street Party

30 May 2011

from Bay of Rage:

Oakland: Friday June 3, during Art Murmur

– Gather at 7:30, Broadway @ Telegraph
– Guerrilla Film Screening at 9:30 following march

This is the first in a series of counterausterity marches and events we have planned for this summer, in order to begin assembling an anticapitalist force capable of combating the current age of budget cuts and economic violence. This initial event – a roving street party ending in a guerrilla film-screening– coincides with First Friday and Art Murmur because we want to draw attention to the fact that while the gentrification of certain areas of Oakland continues via mechanisms like First Friday, the majority of Oakland residents will face a new round of punishing budgets cuts, staggering levels of unemployment and an increasingly militarized police force. This is no accident. Just as on a national level the money cut from education and public assistance reappears as bank bailouts and tax cuts for the rich, the wealth squeezed out of certain parts of Oakland reappears in other parts of the city, in the form of art galleries and expensive restaurants, new condominiums and police weapons. So come take the streets with us on Friday night as we show our power.

We expect this to be a disruptive but relatively low-risk event. Our intent is to build up momentum, energy and intensity over the course of the summer.

Get your flyers for Anticut #1 here

Also, mark your calendars now. Anticut #2 will be taking the streets on the afternoon of June 17 at the same location. More info to come.

Day of Solidarity with UPR Students

9 March 2011

This friday, March 11th, has been announced as a day of solidarity with the student struggle at the University of Puerto Rico.

New York City:

Friday, March 11 · 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Julia de Burgos’s Mosaic
106 St, Spanish Harlem

San Francisco:

Friday, March 11, 4:30-7:00pm
24th/Mission BART Station Plaza in San Francisco

Why March 11th?

March 11, 1971 was one of the bloodiest single days in the history of the University of Puerto Rico. The main campus at Río Piedras was occupied by the Puerto Rico Police, unleashing violent confrontations that ended the lives of two police officers, including the then chief of the notorious Tactical Operations Unit, and one student. (more…)