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Occupy Activists Call for Nonviolence on Anniversary – Particularly by OPD
by Jonathan Nack
Thursday Oct 25th, 2012 6:07 PM
“I believe that I speak for all gathered here when I say that we do not support violence of any kind on our streets, we honor our young people and wish them not to be harmed nor abused within our “justice system”, which has no relationship to what a balanced person would consider justice,” said Samsarah Morgan.
Speaking at press conference on Occupy Oakland anniversary
City Hall/Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland, CA
October 25, 2012

Photo: Jonathan Nack

OAKLAND – A year ago today police raided and dismantled the Occupy Oakland encampment, on October 25, 2011. Occupy activists called for nonviolence at protests commemorating the anniversary at a press conference in front of City Hall this morning. They particularly called on Oakland Police to be nonviolent.

Standing in Oscar Grant Plaza, flanked by an ad hoc group of noteworthy Occupy activists, Samsarah Morgan explained why the press conference was called.

“I believe that I speak for all gathered here when I say that we do not support violence of any kind on our streets, we honor our young people and wish them not to be harmed nor abused within our “justice system”, which has no relationship to what a balanced person would consider justice,” said Morgan .

“It has also come to our attention that there have been flyers posted in some neighborhoods speaking of violence towards the “Black Bloc,” which Morgan said the group opposed.

Morgan introduced herself as a counselor midwife and teacher; and also a member of several committees of Occupy/ Decolonize Oakland.

“With the blessings and support and of the allies surrounding me, I declare a rebirth – and I declare a separation from any group internal or external which says in any way that Occupy Oakland is dead!”

“Occupy Oakland lives! We are here, we will be reaching out to our beloved city, building bridges and assisting in any way to feed, house, educate and provide the means for financial and emotional security and support for the people of Oakland. We are the 99 per cent and we are here to serve the interest of the 99%,”

“I wish to also say that no one person, group or ideology can lay claim to Occupy Oakland – The genius of the Occupy Movement is that is it an open template, given as a gift, that communities all over the world can apply and change to meet their circumstances. “

Morgan was careful to note that the press conference was not called by Occupy Oakland and that her comments were not approved at an Occupy Oakland General Assembly.

Others who spoke at the press conference were Timothy Fong, Shake Anderson, Dafina Kuficha, Pastor Nichola Torbett, and Green Party candidates for the Oakland City Council, Theresa Anderson (At Large), and Don Macleay (Dist. 1).

Fong said all the issues which gave birth to the Occupy movement still exist.

Macleay emphasized that the Oakland Police had been the most violent by far, and has acted as a force of repression.

Theresa Anderson said she was there for her “Occupy family” and to serve the community.

Pastor Torbett said that people connected to the interfaith tent from the encampment were still actively to taking nonviolent action for justice and called for justice for Alan Blueford and Oscar Grant.

Additional coverage: Text of Samsarah Morgan's remarks: http://www.urbannana.com/?p=419
§Timothy Y. Fong
by Jonathan Nack Thursday Oct 25th, 2012 6:07 PM

Speaking at press conference on Occupy Oakland anniversary
City Hall/Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland, CA
October 25, 2012

Photo: Jonathan Nack
§Shake Anderson
by Jonathan Nack Thursday Oct 25th, 2012 6:07 PM

Speaking at press conference on Occupy Oakland anniversary
City Hall/Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland, CA
October 25, 2012

Photo: Jonathan Nack

Speaking at press conference on Occupy Oakland anniversary
behind L-R: Pastor Nichola Torbett, Dafina Kuficha, Samsarah Morgan, Timothy Y. Fong, Don Macleay, and Shake Anderson.
City Hall/Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland, CA
October 25, 2012

Photo: Jonathan Nack
§Pastor Nichola Torbett
by Jonathan Nack Thursday Oct 25th, 2012 6:07 PM

Speaking at press conference on Occupy Oakland anniversary
City Hall/Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland, CA
October 25, 2012

Photo: Jonathan Nack
§Dafina Kuficha
by Jonathan Nack Thursday Oct 25th, 2012 6:07 PM

Speaking at press conference on Occupy Oakland anniversary
City Hall/Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland, CA
October 25, 2012

Photo: Jonathan Nack
§Don Macleay, candidate for Oakland City Council, Dist. 1 (Green Party)
by Jonathan Nack Thursday Oct 25th, 2012 6:07 PM

Speaking at press conference on Occupy Oakland anniversary
City Hall/Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland, CA
October 25, 2012

Photo: Jonathan Nack

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Me
Friday Oct 26th, 2012 12:16 AM
Instead of calling for nonviolence why don't you just organize something relevant ? nobody is stopping you.

Occupy, no matter what location, is not a gift for thugs like Shake Anderson, who publicized unfounded suspicions that one of our comrades is a terrorist, which he based on a vague government document about someone with a similar name, and a small photograph of a man whose face was almost entirely obscured by a thick beard, and looked nothing like the comrade in question.

Slandering a comrade is not about a difference in ideology, nor does it build bridges. It is the polar opposite of keeping people safe from harm and abuse by the injustice system. Endangering a comrade by publishing unproven allegations that he may be a terrorist IS violence.
by sunlight
Friday Oct 26th, 2012 2:57 PM
It was Khalid (Khalid also having robbed the Holdout) who produced the DOOM flier, after having personally threatened a number of people in the local movement in identical fashion. Khalid and Shake run together, and both align with the officially disbanded OO Media committee who have been promulgating disinformation and disruption. It's a very small group of anti-social comrades there, doing their very best to stir up as many shit storms as possible, with themselves emerging as the supposed Occupy Oakland superstars in the corporate media.

Samsarah is cool and ran the Children's Village at the Oakland Commune. Those named above are most definitely not. She should know who she's dealing with when she condemns the laughable DOOM flier. An allie of that irresponsible and counter-productive propaganda was standing right next to her.
by Clarification
Friday Oct 26th, 2012 3:56 PM
It has also been stated that Samsarah Morgan was part of the Media Collective that called a well known Arab-American active in OO a ''terrorist '' ! Based on a Defence dept allegation aimed at a man in South America no less !
A General assembly condemmed this slander overwhemily , approx. 140 to 6 .
Was Morgan allied with Shake Anderson in this outrageous action ? Does anyone know ?
by Me
Friday Oct 26th, 2012 6:12 PM
She wasn't part of the original slander crew. She has subsequently has provided cover for this total douche bag. Shame on all the rest of these people that stood with Shake Anderson.
by slim
Friday Oct 26th, 2012 9:13 PM
It doesn't take any brains or talent to call a press conference, especially when what you're saying feeds into the media and police agenda to divide Occupy. They stand together because they are ideologically allied, based on middle-class values of Non-Violence (which means not doing anything to threaten the police and the exploitative capitalist social order they protect) and Representational Legitimacy. Those who are actual radicals already know that these clowns who promote themselves as some kind of authentic representatives of Occupy Oakland are charlatans and cannot possibly do so without a binding mandate from the General Assembly. That they continue to promote the fiction that the OOMedia Collective, which was officially disbanded by the GA, represents anything but themselves and their very specific sectarian agendas makes anyone to the Left of them embarrassed to be tagged with the Occupy name. Fuck those reactionary losers and their middle-class agendas.
by not a roach
Saturday Oct 27th, 2012 9:59 AM
get your facts straight. No one was ever called a terrorist, that line of thought shows the utter naivete of much of Occupy. The comparison was made to a freedom fighter, the implication being that should a wanted revolutionary surface within another revolutionary movement that individual had likely been turned.

The methods they used were ill advised and poorly presented, but the basic if/then reasoning was sound. That Occupy chose to align with MSM thought and call a revolutionary a terrorist shows their inability to grasp the term cointelpro other than as a word to loosely brand those they disagree with.
Calling for nonviolence is an important first step toward *anything* considered "organized" in Oakland at this point, thanks to the property destruction faction of OO.

The amazing thing is how those focused on appearing cool while thinking they are disrupting authority or conformity are the first to reject and undermine any one who organize anything -- their damaged ego is taking over.

Amurica is full of damaged ego's in need of standing on someone else's misery to feel strong, unfortunately, and when you poke at others, claiming it's their job to organize while you or others break things, you expose yourself as yet another one of those damaged egos, no different then the screaming football fans in their orange attire, trying to fill a hole inside with someone else's "win", no matter the consequence.
by Me
Saturday Oct 27th, 2012 11:59 AM
Not a roach-- you're full of shit. He was libeled as a drug dealer, terrorist and cop all at the same time without a shred of evidence. Stop lying.

A reader-- we're all waiting for that second step.....crickets....
by Not a Roach Either
Saturday Oct 27th, 2012 8:01 PM
This isn't about Jaime Omar Yassin and his worthless reputation. Stay on topic.

So these people had a press conference. Big Deal. You go on about your way and let them go on about their way.

Anytime people who are or were a part of OO try to organize autonomously, OO gets freaked out about it. Stop trying to control the movement already. When people tried to organize for May Day, OO got all possessive over the plaza. When people tried to "Reimagine the GA" (you know, the GA no one gives a shit about), OO sabotaged it. Seriously, get over yourselves. You aren't the only people in Oakland trying to do something.
by Me
Saturday Oct 27th, 2012 10:05 PM
Shake Anderson has done an amazing amount of harm both in the past and the very presence tense. Anybody standing with him is fair game for criticism. It has everything to do with self-defense. I could care less about trying to control the irrelevant green party types of Oakland.
by abuelita
Sunday Oct 28th, 2012 8:08 AM
...and the one that is struck barks the loudest.
by miles
Sunday Oct 28th, 2012 1:27 PM
"Reimagine the GA" didn't need anyone else to sabotage it. It was sabotaged by itself, with an agenda of altering the decision-making process from which they felt excluded because their agenda of Non-Violence and Oppression/Identity Politics was consistently rejected by the GA. Their attempt to steer things into a majority-rule, winner-take-all model of municipal democracy appealed to so few supporters and curious folks that their big meeting (which was run like a cross between a team-building corporate retreat and a group therapy session) to inaugurate the process attracted about 50 people, while the GAs were still hosting at least four times that many. The bullshit attempt to completely alter the process and the tone of the GA was rejected more than once, without anyone needing to do anything but expose these liberal and social democratic clowns to ridicule; it's clear that they only represent themselves and their political and ideological allies among the establishment left. Some of us don't like to ignore them - especially when they attack us and our friends - but we definitely don't need to attack or sabotage them. They trip over their own ass-kissing wagging tongues whenever they open their mouths.
by GA
Sunday Oct 28th, 2012 8:25 PM
The real reason why they were rejected by the GA multiple times is their inability to recognize the fact that OO was co-opted by the "Bay of Rage" people early on and the BOR ideology IS a violent one. After co-optation, the majority of the GA will have the same views as the BOR crew;hence, no non-violent proposals will ever pass. Its no surprise the majority rejected their non-violent proposals. Its to OO's detriment that their policies were rejected because the result is OO being discredited with the vast majority of Oakland residents with the random property destruction.
by miles
Sunday Oct 28th, 2012 10:01 PM
You are so stupid and paranoid you don't even realize how idiotic you are. Bay of Rage is made up of perhaps a half-dozen people. There's no way in hell that six - or even sixty - people with a BOR agenda could "co-opt" anything as large as the pre-December GAs, where 2-300 people participated. You're laughable.
by wiseoldsnail
Wednesday Dec 19th, 2012 7:22 AM
sunlight, are you saying you saw khalid design, print, and post the doom flyers? hard to believe what you're saying, since you're also saying khalid and shake are somehow aligned. those two don't even speak to each other, and are about as far from aligned with each other as is possible. they have virtually nothing in common, except possibly both being easily distracted by women.