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Occupy Oakland Celebrates Two-Week Birthday, 10/24/11: photos
Dave Id
Despite continuing daily letters from the City of Oakland warning of arrests and seizure of property -- and rumors of a pending police raid scheduled for tonight -- occupiers took the time to celebrate their having held Oscar Grant Plaza as an autonomous zone for two full weeks. It was October 10th that occupiers first held a large rally and then set up camp, in a matter of days building out a kitchen which feeds anyone who stops by and is hungry, a medical tent, a children's area, an info tent, a library, a media tent with a bicycle generator, an art tent, and gardens. All the while numerous committees busy themselves with maintaining the occupation, holding workshops, and developing strategies in line with challenging the growing economic inequalities in this country. The birthday celebration included a swirl pound cake with chocolate icing, an a capella occupation song performance, and dancing to loudspeakers booming out Stevie Wonder, Parliament, Michael Jackson, and more.

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