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Rock Paper Scissors Collective Harassed by California ABC and OPD on 10th Anniversary
Dave Id
On the evening of June 6 during Oakland's First Friday Art Murmur, the Rock Paper Scissors Collective was celebrating their 10-year anniversary at their gallery on Telegraph and 23rd Street. Past and present members of the all-volunteer collective prepared new, or culled from the past, large and small works of art for the event. A fashion show was scheduled as part of the festivities. A table in the back of the space included free refreshments, snacks, and a few bottles of wine for those who came in that night. It's not uncommon for art galleries to offer glasses of wine to patrons at special receptions. At a little past 8pm, however, two undercover or plainclothes agents of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control came into the RPS gallery and started asking questions about the wine. The agents pulled badges out of their shirts and a volunteer who goes by "D" was handcuffed and charged with a misdemeanor for serving wine.

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