This Thursday (10/10): Occupy Oakland’s 2nd Anniversary Party!

The encampment began on October 10th, 2011 at Oscar Grant Plaza (renamed from Frank Ogawa Plaza a few days later). Two years hence we’re going to start two hours earlier, at 2:00 PM. Come join comrades for its 2nd anniversary. Talk. Reflect. Enjoy. Music. Speakers. Food will be served, and a movie will be shown as soon as it gets dark.
OWSTheme: Solidarity with the 60 day California Prisoners’ Hunger Strike and the 60 hour Solidarity Fast by two OO participants, opposition to solitary confinement, privatization of prisons and the rest of our commons. The continuing struggle against the economic destruction of the 99%.
Title: Occupy Oakland 2nd Anniversary Party!
START DATE: Thursday October 10
TIME: 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location Details:
Oscar Grant Plaza, Broadway & 14th St, Oakland
photo oo-2nd-anniversary-color-v2_zpsd2ff1813.jpg Speakers:

Sarah Shourd is an author, activist and Contributing Editor at Solitary Watch. She spent 410 days in solitary confinement while held as a political hostage by the Iranian Government in 2009-2010. Before being captured Shourd was living in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Damascus, Syria working with the Iraqi Student Project. She’s written for The New York Times, CNN, Newsweek’s Daily Beast and has a blog on Huffington Post. Her memoir (co-authored by her now-husband Shane Bauer and friend Josh Fattal) will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Spring 2014.
For more information visit her website.
Fred Hampton Jr. (either in person or via speaker phone) Fred Hampton, Jr. (born December 29, 1969) is an African-American political activist and the son of Fred Hampton, Sr. His father was a Black Panther who was killed by the Chicago Police in 1969. Hampton’s mother Deborah Johnson, who was also shot, was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with him when Hampton Sr. was killed in her presence during the pre-dawn police raid. Hampton Sr. was 21 at the time of his death; Johnson was 19…Hampton is the chairman of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (P.O.C.C.). On July 3, 2013, Hampton and three others filed a false arrest and excessive force lawsuit against Oakland and Emeryville, claiming that they were held for almost three hours on January 21, 2013 in retaliation for their well-known activism.
Laleh has been active in Anti-Repression and lately with Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity. She has spoken movingly before the Oakland City Council and at many Occupy Oakland events. She had a video documentary (Preview) made about her.
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Come join comrades for its 2nd anniversary. Talk. Reflect. Enjoy. Music. Speakers. Food will be served, and movies will be shown as soon as it gets dark.
This Year’s Theme: Solidarity with the 60 day California Prisoners’ Hunger Strike and the 60 hour Solidarity Fast by two OO participants, opposition to solitary confinement, privatization of prisons and the rest of our commons. And of course the continuing struggle against the economic destruction of the 99%.
Schedule of Events
2:00 PM: Music begins.
2:00 – 4:00 PM: Music! Rocker T, JuJu, Street Black, TMac and others.
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM: Our Guest Speakers.
5:15 PM – 6:00 PM: OO Committees & Activist groups give reports on theirs doings.
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Food! Brought to you by ‘Big Red’ and the informal OO food group.
7:00 PM – 7:15 PM: Announcements by organizers.
7:15 PM – ?: Movies! (New Occupy Oakland documentaries, Porky the Anarchist Pig, Occupy the Sierras)
See You There!
One of the original Occupy Oakland posters from two years ago:
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(8/31) “Occupy the Bay” — Documentary Release Screening and Party, 6-11 pm

“Occupy the Bay”
(a documentary)
Release Screening and Party

August 31 2012
25th Street Collective
477 25th Street
Oakland CA 94612
6 PM – 11 PM 

6 PM – 7 PM, Cocktail and social hour
7 PM – 8:15 PM, Film Screening and Q&A
8:15 PM – 11 PM, release Party
Performances by:
Super Natural, Jabari Shaw, DJ Tear Drop, Shareef Ali, and the Radical Folksonomy

* All ticket sales and donation proceeds go toward the film and Occupy Oakland
* Sliding scale $25 down to $0 for those who are unemployed/underemployed
* Food and beer, wine, and mixed drinks will be available for sale
See also:
Watch the trailer: Occupy the Bay
Facebook page:

Why You Should Join the November 2, Oakland General Strike

You may have heard about this Wednesday’s General Strike, with mass gatherings to be held at 9am, 12 noon, and 5pmat 14th and Broadway in downtown Oakland.  The call for a general strike is not surprising given that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe banks and major corporations have too much power, support amending the U.S. constitution to affirm that corporations don’t have the same rights as people, and believe corporations have more control of our political system than average citizens do.

For the past three decades the wealthiest 1% and their corporations have been taking an ever-increasing share of the income we produce, leaving the vast majority of us to make do with ever-smaller crumbs to survive on.  Now is the time to take a stand and declare that we absolutely will not permit these outrages to continue.This coming Wednesday, November 2, those in the greater Oakland area will have a chance to make an extremely powerful statement by participating in the Oakland General Strike.  We will be using one of the most powerful tools available to we the people— but a tool which has not actually been exercised in this country for over 60 years, since we last used it here in Oakland, in 1946.The Occupy Wall Street movement and Occupy Oakland have now presented each of us with a vital moral choice:  Do we participate in the Oakland General Strike and help shift the direction of this country?  Or do we allow giant corporations and the ultra-wealthy ever more free license to plunder the resources and wealth of this nation, and of our world?
This is how you can participate in the strike:
 * Do not go to work
 * Do not go to school
 * Or at least, do everything you can to minimize those activities.
 * Do not patronize any banks or other corporations on Wednesday.
Instead go to 14th and Broadway in downtown Oakland — especially for the Wednesday mass gatherings at 9am, 12 noon, and 5pm.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the Oakland General Strike, regardless of where you live.  For more details, please see:

If we now join together, we shall not fail with the great task before us.


If you can, please forward this message to friends, e-mail lists, listserves, FaceBook pages, etc.

Join the Oakland General Strike on November 2nd

Oakland General Strike
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
14th & Broadway

Join the call for an Oakland General Strike this coming Wednesday, November 2nd.  Everyone is encouraged to participate, regardless of where you live.  There will be mass gatherings at 14th and Broadway at 9:00am, 12 noon, and 5:00pm. 

The Green Party of Alameda County has endorsed the strike, along with a number of labor unions and other organizations. 

The proposal for the General Strike was approved by a vote of 97% at the October 26 Occupy Oakland general assembly meeting, with over 1600 people in attendance.  Below is some additional information about the general strike.  If possible, please forward this information, and encourage others to participate.

General Strike and Mass Day of Action
Wednesday, November 2

Called for by Occupy Oakland

Everyone to the streets!  No work!  No school!
Converge on downtown Oakland

* All banks and corporations must close down for the day
* Solidarity with the worldwide Occupy Movement
* End police attacks on our communities
* Defend Oakland schools and libraries
* Against an economic system built on inequality and corporate power that perpetuates racism, sexism and the destruction of the environment

The whole world is watching Oakland.  Let’s show them what is possible!

GPAC Endorses Just Cause’s Statement to Mayor Quan

Source: Causa Justa / Just Cause

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan:

We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with Occupy Oakland.

We are outraged by your decision to have that peaceful, lawful and inspiring assembly raided.  We denounce police intimidation, harassment and incarceration of peaceful protesters.  We call on you to drop all the charges against these community leaders, to release them immediately, and to allow for the restoration of the encampment.

Occupy Oakland has been a public forum, on public land, about matters of dire urgency to the public:  unemployment, affordable housing, taxation, bank accountability, and the unconscionable and deeply racialized inequity between the 1% and the rest of us.

These very same concerns are the heart of the work of dozens of community organizations, labor unions, and activists throughout the SF Bay Area.  Our government must represent these progressive commitments, and not pander to the 1%.

A city government of the 99% should work proactively to support the encampment with resources like medical assistance, electricity, and bathrooms.

A city government of the 99% should open its doors to the encampment, come down to hear the concerns of the protesters, and defend the constitutional right to peaceful assembly.

A city government of the 99% should take inspiration from the encampment, and use its power to meet some of its demands:  taxing the rich, holding big banks accountable, job creation, affordable housing, healthcare, and so many rights our communities have been denied for too long.

What Oakland needs and wants is a city government of the 99%.