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Clearing Up Occupied Oakland Rumors Regarding Camp Relocation and OPD Scare Tactics
by Occupied Oakland Tribune
Saturday Nov 12th, 2011 7:48 PM
Clearing up some rumors

The following is a comment from @occupiedoaktrib, @hyphy_republic, @devilhasdreads and other activist from Occupy Oakland. This is NOT an official statement from the General Assembly.

It’s been a very eventful number of days with lots of information swirling around. This is a list of some of the things we’ve been hearing from sources with contacts in the city and media and an attempt to clarify them:

–Sources from the City of Oakland say that they have been told that Occupy Oakland has decided to voluntarily relocate to Jefferson Park in another part of the city. Mayor Quan, city officials and police apparently had a meeting with individuals claiming to represent the Occupy Oakland community where they agreed to transition the camp to the new location. The General Assembly has not issued a resolution about moving the camp and moving it is not an official position of Occupy Oakland. If this meeting occurred, then someone is purporting to represent the Occupation without any kind of authorization, most likely as an underhanded way of splitting the movement.

–According to sources, the OPD has issued a press advisory telling news reporters that the camp is not safe to operate in. Our media sources tell us that this is primarily directed at journalists, convincing them that the encampment is not safe for reporters. We believe that the OPD’s advisory is a scare tactic meant to justify the impending raid in advance.

–Friday evening, OPD issued a press release claiming that they have identified the shooter from Thursday as a camp resident and the victim as a non-camper. Given that narrative, police could make an argument to use increased force in a camp raid. However, there remains no clear evidence that either the victim or the suspect were related to Occupy Oakland and OPD has yet to clarify this beyond unconfirmed innuendo.

What better place for *good* protesters to set up an Oakland-sanctioned, police- and politician-friendly "occupation". Maybe they'll even have the blessing of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce at Jefferson Park.

Bad protesters can get their asses stomped, shot, and gassed at Frank Ogawa Plaza. The corporate media will celebrate.

Whomever is "negotiating" this shit deal on behalf of Occupy Oakland with no consensus from the General Assembly should be ashamed of themselves.

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by stan chaz
Saturday Nov 12th, 2011 8:31 PM
There will always be people that try to deny the right of American Citizens to have their say, and to demand change. This does not alter the basic facts: America USED to work. The people had work. The system worked. Hey, EVEN the Congress used to work (sometimes). God knows, it was far, far, far from perfect -but at least we all had some share in the struggles AND the rewards. But somewhere along the way, we lost our way. Because now we have an economy and a political system that seems to work only for the rich. What they call "trickle down economics"....leaves most of us out in the cold cold rain. We need to get back to what America was, and what it should be, and what it can be. Occupy Wall Street is no longer just a place called Zuccotti Park - Zuccotti Park is everywhere. You can beat us and arrest us and tear-gas us, you can try to "permit" us to death....but you can't kill an idea. You can't keep down a people’s hopes and dreams for a better life.....a life with dignity and freedom....for us, and for our kids. More power to Occupy Wall Street, as it spreads to every town and city - because OWS is us, and for us, and by us. It comes up from the grassroots, and it lifts us up in turn. With OWS America has found it’s voice, and that voice demands fairness and justice -for ALL. This land IS our land! AND WE WANT IT BACK! We want our LIVES back! We want our FUTURE back! But it’s more than just words.... it’s more than just politics.... it’s your LIFE, and how you want to live it. So why not take some time, find a quiet place somewhere, and consider this: Each of us has only one brief life....one chance....one roll of the dice....and many choices. It’s time to choose....to risk...and to act. If not now...then when? If not you, then....who? You DO have the power my friend....and the choice is yours. Don’t let your dreams die.
by Let's get real
Saturday Nov 12th, 2011 10:54 PM
It's just that other folks, who previously took it for granted that Amerikkka would work for THEM, are starting to realize that they, too, are vulnerable.

If we hope to live in a just and more equitable society, then we need to be able to look squarely at the true history of the U.S., and act in principled solidarity with those who have been systemically kept down from Day 1.
by participater
Sunday Nov 13th, 2011 9:10 AM
Jefferson Park is one block away from the Federal building which is a much better target for demands.
Jefferson Park is not surrounded on 4 sides by tall buildings, in fact it gets great sunlight on all sides and there are public restrooms and it is literally one square block not interfering with other activities other than the AC transit stops on 11th street.
And who's gonna make sure them boys don't come through and shoot the next person......these white kids and white progressives certainly aren't gonna stop any threats of violence.........Welcome To Oakland.
Much of what I see down there is feeding of the poor, needy and infirm. If the progressives in charge of this had any heart they would set up to do this on a permanent basis and not just on a temporary basis as long as they along with the homeless population are allowed to "occupy". Catholic Worker in Berkeley feeds poor people everyday. Food Not Bombs feeds poor people all of the time all over the Bay Area.
by Me
Sunday Nov 13th, 2011 10:10 AM
And we're not a social service agency. We're a political movement attacking the economic conditions of this country. We can't feed our way out of this situation.
by participater
Sunday Nov 13th, 2011 10:48 AM
then act like a political movement and clean up your act
remote attendance of occupy sf showed a level of organization and intelligence that I just did not witness in oakland
sf just has a more genuine feel, occupy oakland is like a homeless camp with a bunch of crusty out of town white kids
All anyone is doing out there is getting sicker.
by Me
Sunday Nov 13th, 2011 3:04 PM
We should abandoned the camp and just move on to other actions. Moving to Jefferson we will be faced with the same problems. And SF is having many of the same problems. Yesterday, someone slashed a cop. By the way I'm not against white kids participating. If you mean freeloaders then say that.