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International Day of Solidarity at Occupy Oakland, Day Six, 10/15/11: video & photos
Dave Id
The sixth day of Occupy Oakland coincided with the International Day of Action in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. Actions were held in over 1,000 cities worldwide. The video below captures a slice of life from that day in Oscar Grant Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall. While certain serious issues have arisen since then that occupiers have been forced to work through as the autonomous occupation continues to develop, not much has physically changed in the last several days after this video was captured, despite the corporate media's unified attempt to unfairly paint the occupation as somehow descending into a desperate "lord of the flies" scenario. Many of the issues faced are the result of pre-existing conditions which stem from long-time societal neglect of the least fortunate amongst us. Occupiers are now handling these issues internally through direct democracy rather than relying on police as the one-size-fits-all "cure" for those who are the most in need of public assistance. Many of the city's otherwise disposable people are now being fed and provided clothing and shelter in the plaza, when normally they would have been merely ignored, except for by a small handful of local charitable organizations, and/or subjected to police interventions leading to unnecessary and cruel jail time.

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