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Queers Fucking Queers (A) Contribution to Oakland Pride
Sunday September 02
Snow Park, Oakland
Queers Fucking Queers
(A) Contribution to Oakland Pride
Oakland Pride Corporation (OPC) says its mission is to “facilitate leadership and coalition building for the funding and development of the first LGBTQ community center in Oakland for everyone.” The ten dollar mandatory cover and blocks worth of fencing for their LGBTQ Pride Festival prove otherwise. OPC might facilitate a false leadership over Oakland's working class queers but it is hardly welcoming or representative of poor queers.
It was only four months ago when Brandy Martel was shot in an anti-trans attack on the corner of 13th and Franklin, just outside of Oakland Pride's perimeters. Unsurprisingly there is not a single mention of her life or death in 2012 Pride program. Oakland Pride Corporation's list of sponsors tells us OPC is more interested in making bank than resisting hetero-supremacy.
Our struggles in Oakland have made it clear that public space belongs to all of us. The plazas, the streets, the libraries, and schools are as free as we want them to be. Pride, a celebration of resistance to the policing of queer bodies and cultures, will not be exempt from our desire for total freedom. The Oakland Pride Corporation is determined to contain queerness within a four block radius for one day per year. We are committed to queering everywhere. This September 2nd Queers Fucking Queers will take the streets of Oakland. We will throw our own Pride without fences, fees, or politicians. Meet us in Snow Park at 5pm. In pink and black, come dressed for our after party in the streets.
The Oakland Pride Corporation is determined to contain queerness within a four block radius for one day per year. We are committed to queering everywhere.
Oakland Pride's list of atrocious sponsors:
The City of Oakland
The City of Oakland has shut down schools and libraries because of a lack of funds yet have spent millions on the police force. The city council is creating initiatives to spur the gentrification of our neighborhoods. The City has contributed to the criminalization of youth via “Gang Injunctions.” They have authorized horrific police violence against the residents of Oakland.
Chevron is responsible for thousands of man-made environmental disasters, paramilitary operations in Nigeria, and the Richmond refinery explosions earlier this month which hospitalized hundreds of Bay Area residents.
Well for one, Wells Fargo is a bank. The bank also has evicted thousands of Oakland residents from their homes. Wells Fargo funds immigrant detention centers and private prisons, profiting off of racist immigration policies.
Whole Foods Oakland
It is widely known Whole Foods threatened to fire workers for participating in the November 2nd General Strike.
Right wing media empire
The negligence of PG&E contributed to the deaths of 8 people, the hospitalization of countless others and the destruction of nearly 40 homes after a pipeline explosion in San Bruno, CA in 2010. Not to mention our increasingly unaffordable energy bills that we dread opening every month.
BART refuses to disband police force after the murders of Charles Hill and Oscar Grant.
Dot Real Estate
Actively gentrifying San Francisco and Oakland.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
WSG&R is a law firm for the same tech giants who have devastated historically queer neighborhoods in San Francisco and Oakland through gentrification.
Jack some of that shit for the QFQ party.
The Oakland branch recently hosted the H.E.A.T. Conference which brought together politicians and police in an effort to formulate strategies aimed at the further criminalization of sex workers.
Really? That's just tacky.
Rebecca Kaplan (City Council Woman At Large)
Rebecca Kaplan supports putting more Oakland Police on the streets despite Oakland's unified hatred of the OPD. She believes the city should hire private security to patrol the streets of Oakland. Kaplan advocates streamlining the city's permit process to ensure businesses, corporations, and developers invest in “desired locations.” She supports “enforcement actions” against “repeat offenders against blighted property” to remove graffiti and spur gentrification. She stood arm and arm with Jean Quan with her back to the police in face off with protesters during the Oscar Grant Rebellion. Let it be clear, a gay cop-loving politician is still a cop-loving politician.
Added to the calendar on Thursday Aug 23rd, 2012 4:14 PM