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Oakland Denies Oct. 22nd March Permits- Please Call and Tell Them to Grant the Permits!
by October 22nd Coalition
Wednesday Oct 17th, 2007 11:37 PM

The October 22nd Coalition says, "We are calling on our supporters to contact the Oakland Police Department at 510 777-8525, and demand that the march permit and sound permit for the march on October 22nd be granted." We are also calling the office of the Aide to the Mayor at 510 238-7366, to intervene, and that the march and sound permits be granted.
Press conference
When: 3 pm on Thursday Oct 18th
Where: outside of Oakland City Hall
Why: Oakland Police Dept denies march and sound permits for march on Mon.
October 22nd, National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality,
Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation
October 22nd Coalition, families & others demand that march permit be
granted

Who: October 22nd Coalition
Gary King Sr, whose son Gary King Jr was killed by Oakland police
Family friend- Keith Shanklin, ILWU 34
Mesha Irrizarry, whose son Idriss Stelley was killed by SFPD
National Lawyers Guild
ACLU

The Oakland Police Department has denied the march and sound permits that were submitted for the
upcoming National Day of Protest on October 22nd to Stop Police Brutality,
Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation. This is an outrage and must be
reversed! The very agency and force that is carrying out brutality on a daily
basis has decided that a march against police brutality should be prohibited.

This is the 12th National Day of Protest-- in cities like New York, Chicago, LA,
Fresno, Atlanta, Seattle, Minneapolis, and many others, people will be taking to the streets to say "No More Police Brutality!" These protest continue
because the epidemic of police brutality and murder continues, and, in fact has
intensified! From Sean Bell, who was killed by 50 shots by NYPD on his wedding day to Gary King, Jr., who was shot in the back by Oakland police on September 20th--police brutality has to stop!

This permit must be granted:

-October 22nd is a day on which courageous families speak out around how their loved ones have been killed and brutalized by law enforcement, and when youth, immigrants, teachers, churches, community groups, civil liberty organizations and
many others come together to STOP police violence, repression and the
criminalization of a
generation. "The nationwide epidemic of police brutality and repression is hidden
from many people who would be outraged if they knew what was happening. We must resist the onslaught of police abuse as we work in many different ways to drag this truth out into the light of day. Our resistance will give others courage!"
(see the full call for October 22, http://october22.org)

The October 22nd Coalition says, "We are calling on our supporters to contact the Oakland Police Department at 510 777-8525, and demand that the march permit and sound permit for the march on October 22nd be granted." We are also calling the office of the Aide to the Mayor at 510 238-7366, to intervene, and that the march and sound permits be granted.

We will gather on Monday, October 22nd, at 1:30 pm at City Hall/Frank Ogawa Plaza, and then march at 2:00pm. After the march there will be a rally back at City Hall/Frank Ogawa Plaza at 3:30pm.

For more information, you can contact the Coalition at
Oct22sf [at] yahoo.com, 415 336-2801

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by deanosor
( deanosor [at] mailup.net ) Thursday Oct 18th, 2007 2:09 PM
Couldn't liberal Ron Dellums order his police department to grant these permits?
by junya
Friday Oct 19th, 2007 1:28 AM
"The very agency and force that is carrying out brutality on a daily
basis has decided that a march against police brutality should be prohibited."

This surprises you??
by John Thielking
( pagesincolor [at] aol.com ) Friday Oct 19th, 2007 11:59 AM
I just got a call back from the Oakland PD Sergeant who I left a message with yesterday. He says two things:

1) March permits are not required in Oakland for people to march in the streets or on the sidewalks. He claims that the OPD doesn't grant permits for such things because there is no process to do so. The only concern he has is that it would be best to have advance warning of what the route will be so that the OPD can block off certain intersections and so on to make it safer. He claims that he and the OPD support freedom of speech.

This sounds like the same response that the Santa Cruz PD gave to the marches for Mumia Abu-Jamal in 1998-2000. Technically, in Santa Cruz you are required to get a permit to have an assembly of more than 100 people. But when we had our big marches, we just called the PD in advance to let them know we were having a march and when we showed up there were plenty of cruisers and motorcycles to block key intersections for us. We never got any actual permits.

2) The second point is that the Sgt said that the organizers of the October 22nd march and rally already have the required sound permits.
by Mahtin/October 22nd Coalition
Saturday Oct 20th, 2007 10:33 AM
Here's a post from the Coalition about the permits being granted and preparations for October 22nd: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/10/20/18454880.php

Thanks, everyone, for your support. On Thursday, the police said something to one of our supporters about the "misinformation" on that "Indybay blog." The next day, we got the permits.