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Occupy Oakland!
by Sharon Peterson ( shalynne [at] pacbell.net )
Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
Photos of Occupy Oakland -- Day 1 (10/10/11).

Despite the drizzle and mist, Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza (re-named "Oscar Grant Plaza" for the duration, and rightfully recognized as part of the Ohlone tribal lands), had filled to near-capacity by 6pm. The occupation was timed to coincide with Indigenous People's Day. Newstrucks abounded; all the major stations, and some less major, were there. Can't wait to see the coverage. (UPDATE: Just caught KTVU-2's 10:00 News. We were the top story, and the report's pretty good ... great interviews!) All ages and just about every ethnicity were represented. This IS Oakland, wide awake. Walnut Creek gets its turn this Wednesday, 10/12/11, and next Wednesday, 10/19/11 -- corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard & Main Street (Bank of America) -- 4:00pm.
§Upgraded Sign
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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This woman "stole" the sign from an Occupy Wall Street sign that's going around on the 'Net.

But she also did her own research, and came up with a more accurate (and more depressing) dollar figure.

I say her sign isn't stolen ... it's an upgrade.
§The Art of Protest -- I
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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Veteran protesters make their point.
§The Art of Protest -- II
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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Youthful protesters do the same.
§Speaking of Art ...
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM

Supporters of hunger-striking prisoners hold the biggest signs in the Plaza. "SHU" is official-speak for "Special Housing Unit." English translation, "solitary confinement."

The group URL is:

PrisonerHungerStrikeSolidarity.wordpress.com

(Both signs are hand-painted!)

Among other groups present were the Progressive Women's Network (see photo below), the California Nurses' Association and the Green Party of Alameda.
§Progressive Women's Network
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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Positive Women's Network -- pwn-usa.org.

The smaller sign (not connected) reads, "1% Golden Parachute. 99% Golden Showers."
§Nurses Check In
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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§The New Main Street
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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Real-life demonstration of a new business model.
§Postal Workers Check In
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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§Guy Fawkes Checks In
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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§A Modest (and Sensible) Proposal
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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§No Heavenly Profits
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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§We/YOU are the 99%
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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§The Real Crime Wave
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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§DeColonize the 100%!
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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§Scoreboard of Shame
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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Double-sided sign.
§Oscar Grant Plaza Fills Up
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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The sign in the right background reads, "Separation of Corporation and State."
§People Scenes
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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§General Assembly
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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The General Assembly is about to convene.
§Fight the Power!
by Sharon Peterson Monday Oct 10th, 2011 11:06 PM
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