Occupy Oakland PETITIONS, GENERAL STRIKE Nov 2, Videos, Links!
Posted by copwatch | Sat, 10/29/2011 - 7:42am story
Oakland General Strike set for Nov 2!
(see proposal below passed by Oakland General Assembly)
Police have used tear gas and other excessive measures against peaceful protesters in Oakland. What happened in Oakland impacts all of us. Please contact Oakland's mayor and interim police chief and let them know that this isn't OK.
To take action on this issue, click on the link below:
Scott Olsen, US Marine and Iraq War Veteran, is in critical condition after an assault by police officers on Occupy Oakland last night. Meanwhile, the police chief has been making highly dubious claims about police conduct, slandering protesters - all while Occupy Oakland remains unsure about their right to free assembly.
This is unacceptable - and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan needs to hear from us that we simply won't accept it.
ENOUGH. It's time to tell her we want her to do right by Scott Olsen - fire the police chief, investigate police misconduct and protect the rights of Occupy Oakland:
Pete, from Oakland, age 31 was one of the many folks injured while exercising his freedom of speech. "I felt it was ridiculous that the City raided the Occupy Oakland camp in the middle of the night using violent tactics. Right when people tell you to shut up is the moment to stand up and speak. That is why I marched in downtown Oakland last night."
Pete heard the police give a 5 minute dispersal warning. He was surrounded by other protestors - he saw nothing thrown at the cops, no violence, and no destruction of property. He joined others chanting, "Who are you protecting? We are the 99%!" Without further warning, the police began launching canisters. Pete turned to walk away when he felt something hit his ankle, heard a loud noise, and saw a huge flash of light. A friendly stranger helped him get medical assistance for his ankle which remains bruised and injured today.
Pete remains resolved to continue to stand up for the Occupy movement's right to be heard and to resist further threats of violence. "I can't believe Oakland would take that level of aggression against people doing nothing threatening. I still can't believe it. But I will go back. This is our city, I hella love Oakland, and I am going to fight to protect our freedoms."
Pete's is just one story of Occupy Oakland's attack from the City and the police. Join us now in denouncing the violence and demanding the immediate release of any Occupiers.
This is not the end of Occupy Oakland. Or of political activism in Oakland. In fact, it is just the beginning. Right now, the Mayor and Police Department should apologize and change their course. But tomorrow, they should join us all in fighting for the 99%.
Below is the proposal passed by the Occupy Oakland General Assembly on Wednesday October 26, 2011 in reclaimed Oscar Grant Plaza. 1607 people voted. 1484 voted in favor of the resolution, 77 abstained and 46 voted against it, passing the proposal at 96.9%. The General Assembly operates on a modified consensus process that passes proposals with 90% in favor and with abstaining votes removed from the final count.
We as fellow occupiers of Oscar Grant Plaza propose that on Wednesday November 2, 2011, we liberate Oakland and shut down the 1%.
We propose a city wide general strike and we propose we invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city.
All banks and corporations should close down for the day or we will march on them.
While we are calling for a general strike, we are also calling for much more. People who organize out of their neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, affinity groups, workplaces and families are encouraged to self organize in a way that allows them to participate in shutting down the city in whatever manner they are comfortable with and capable of.
The whole world is watching Oakland. Let’s show them what is possible.
The Strike Coordinating Council will begin meeting everyday at 5pm in Oscar Grant Plaza before the daily General Assembly at 7pm. All strike participants are invited. Stay tuned for much more information and see you next Wednesday.
Check out these Democracy Now! programs on the police brutality & state repression of the protesters from Occupy Oakland.
Occupy Oakland Faces a Troubled Police Dept.--and Historic Mayor - COLORLINES http://shar.es/bls59 Oakland's first Asian-American mayor, Jean Quan, has authorized violent police raids on the Occupy Oakland encampment. For many protestors of color, the move raised questions about the face--and complexion--of the power they're fighting.
California Nurses Condemn Mayor Quan's Raid on Occupy Oakland
Press Release October 25, 2011
Contact: Liz Jacobs, 510-273-2232, Charles Idelson, 510-273-2246
The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today condemned the early morning police raid on the peaceful Occupy Oakland encampment, and criticized Oakland Mayor Jean Quan for joining the list of mayors employing repression against the occupy movement.
According to press reports, police stormed the encampment near Oakland's City Hall well before dawn, with billy clubs and shotguns, uprooting tents and making multiple arrests.
"This unwarranted attack on peaceful protesters places Oakland Mayor Jean Quan in shameful company with mayors like Chicago's Rahm Emanuel and other cities whose response to public expression of protest is repression rather than respect for the rights of free speech and assembly," said CNA Treasurer Martha Kuhl, an Oakland RN.
CNA called on the city to drop all charges against those arrested in the raid, and encouraged protest calls be made to Mayor Quan at 510-238-3141.
"Few cities have endured more pain and abandonment from the reckless behavior of Wall Street and the banks than Oakland. Mayor Quan should be supporting the occupy movement, not breaking up demonstrations," Kuhl said.
California nurses have joined rallies and marches with Occupy Oakland actions, and set up nurses' humanitarian first aid stations in a number of cities, including San Francisco and San Diego, support activity that will continue despite the escalating police attacks on the occupy movement, said Kuhl.
In Oakland, "we will support efforts of Occupy Oakland to rebuild and continue the protests," Kuhl said. ###
resolution passed unanimously by the Occupy Oakland strike assembly on Friday October 29
On Wednesday, November 2nd as part of the Oakland General Strike, we will march on the Port of Oakland and shut it down. We will converge at 5pm at 14th and Broadway and march to the port to shut it down before the 7pm night shift.
We are doing this in order to blockade the flow of capital on the day of the General Strike, as well as to show our commitment to solidarity with Longshore workers in their struggle against EGT in Longview, Washington. EGT is an international grain exporter which is attempting to rupture longshore jurisdiction. The driving force behind EGT is Bunge LTD, a leading agribusiness and food company which reported 2.4 billion dollars in profit in 2010; this company has strong ties to Wall Street. This is but one example of Wall Street’s corporate attack on workers.
The Oakland General Strike will demonstrate the wide reaching implications of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The entire world is fed up with the huge disparity of wealth caused by the present system. Now is the time that the people are doing something about it.
The Oakland General Strike is a warning shot to the 1% – their wealth only exists because the 99% creates it for them.