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Alameda Labor Council Decries Eviction of Occupy Oakland Demonstrators
by East Bay Express
Tuesday Oct 25th, 2011 2:45 PM
"....the Labor Council called it an expensive and unnecessary action, aimed solely to "silence the voices of the people"."
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/92510/archives/2011/10/25/alameda-labor-council-decries-eviction-of-occupy-oakland-demonstrators
Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Alameda Labor Council Decries Eviction of Occupy Oakland Demonstrators


Rachel Swan — Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 12:48 PM

It's now fair to say that Mayor Jean Quan faces opposition on all sides. This morning the Alameda Labor Council issued a press release condemning the 5 a.m. police raid of Occupy Oakland, an encampment that thrived for two weeks outside of City Hall. The Labor Council criticized Quan and the city council for using city funds to bankroll the intricate tent-breaking operation, which required units from multiple counties and resulted in 85 arrests. The city said it had no choice but to shut down the Tent City because of health problems (previous reports cited rodents and drug use), but the Labor Council called it an expensive and unnecessary action, aimed solely to "silence the voices of the people." As the organization's executive secretary treasurer Josie Camacho wrote, "In a nation where 25 million people are out of work, where 50 million people have no access to health care, and where 1 in 5 children grow up in poverty without adequate access to food, clothing and shelter, where funding for public education is gutted, where infrastructure is left to decay, and where millions of Americans have lost their homes due to foreclosure, this outrageous act to silence the voices of the protesters puts Mayor Quan and the City Council on the wrong side of history."

Whether or not "Occupy Oakland" was an effective way to address, let alone change larger infrastructural problems remains a point of contention, given that the protest garnered a lot of bad press and became a favorite target for right-wing provocateurs. That said, it's a pretty big deal that Labor, which has traditionally supported Quan, is now criticizing her move.




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by Outraged
Tuesday Oct 25th, 2011 4:30 PM
Good statement as far as it goes but it obmits one big fact . Quan's Chief of Staff is Sharon Cornu former head of the Alameda Central Labor Council . According to numerous accounts Cornu not only approved the eviction but advocated it .
One of her bogus reasons was the presence of ''rats and other vermin ''at ""Occupy Oakland ''.
How about inside City Hall ?
by eugean17
Tuesday Oct 25th, 2011 7:03 PM
here is the whole resolution
Alameda Labor Council
Where: Sixth and Washington, Oakland CA
When: 11:30 am, Oct. 25th, 2011
The Alameda Labor Council condemns the eviction of the Occupy Oakland protesters
Early this morning hundreds of police from all over the Bay Area surrounded Frank Ogawa Plaza in an unprovoked raid on peaceful protesters. Police then evicted protesters at Snow Park. In a nation where 25 million people are out of work, where 50 million people have no access to health care, and where 1 in 5 children grow up in poverty without adequate access to food, clothing and shelter, where funding for public education is gutted, where infrastructure is left to decay, and where millions of Americans have lost their homes due to foreclosure, this outrageous act to silence the voices of the protesters puts Mayor Quan and the City Council on the wrong side of history. At a time when resources are stretched in Oakland it is shameful that City funds are expended to silence the voices of the people. The Alameda Labor Council stands with the 99% in supporting the right of the protesters to peaceably assemble. We oppose the eviction and call on the City of Oakland to release the arrested, drop the charges, restore the occupation or otherwise reverse this silencing of the voice of the majority of Americans.
Contact: Josie Camacho, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, 510 632 4242 office, 510 502 1454, cell. Jean Cohen, Political Director, 408-206-6880 cell.

The unions that make up the central labor council have the social weight to beat back this attack on the right to protest. THey should call a demonstration to occur in front of Oakland city hall and "restore the occupation". call the numbers above and call on them to just that.