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Pictures of Sit-In and Rally at Oakland Unified Headquarters

by upton sinclair
Six Oakland Community Members Arrested at Oakland
School District HQ Demanding Meeting With State
Superintendent Jack O'Connell.
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Micah Clatterbaugh, Chicano Moratorium Coalition; Kali Akuno, Malcolm X Grassroot Movement; Anne Weills, Civil Rights Lawyer, Michael Siegal, Coalition Against School Closures; Linda Halpern, teacher at Community Day School; Pamela Drake, Canditate for City Council District 2 staged a sit-in to demand restoration of local
democratic control of the Oakland schools.

Oakland, CA. As of 3:45 p.m. today, Tuesday March 1st, six Oakland residents began a sit-in in the office of the state administrator of the Oakland schools when their demand for a meeting with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack
O'Connell was refused; about 75 students, parents, teachers and labor leaders rallied outside. The group demands a meeting with Superintendent O'Connell.

"We do not recognize the current district leadership as legitimate," says Kali Akuno, an Oakland-based educator who was part of the sit-in. "We call on Superintendent O'Connell to restore democratic
control to Oakland's public school system." As part of their action today, the coalition issued four demands for Superintendent O'Connell. They are:
1. The immediate restoration of local democratic control over the Oakland Unified School District;
2. No school closures and no charter conversions;
3. No layoffs; and
4. An immediate meeting with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell to discuss the implementation of these demands.

Michael Siegel of the coalition, also sitting-in, continues: "Recent actions by State Administrator Randolph Ward to close schools without community input, to open our campuses to private school and charter school corporations, and to threaten the complete shutdown of our adult education program only further our resolve to resist this hostile takeover until Oakland parents, educators, and community members can once again decide how best to educate our children, youth, and adults."

The community coalition includes parents of Oakland Unified School District students, educators, high school students, and representatives from Youth Together, the Oakland Education Association (OEA), the Million Worker March, the American Federated County State and Municipal Employees union (AFSCME), Oakland Parents Together, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and Education Not Incarceration.

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Unfortunately right as some of the youth were going to go up to offer their support, the Oakland Police began to clamp down on the building and stop people from going inside.
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They even kicked out credentialed reporters in their overzealousness to contain the situation, though Oakland Police later backtracked on this stance and escorted the media members back inside during the arrests.
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Chanting - "1, 2, 4, 3, Ward Doesn't Give a Damn About Me" and various other chants loud enough for people to hear up in the administrators office 3 flights up.
§An Injury to One, Is An Injury to All
by upton sinclair
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Community members and Oakland youth march around the building to the back parking lot where Oakland Police will be taking the people from inside the office after they arrest them.
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With youth and community members rallying right in front of them and talking to them about how changes in Oakland Unified may begin to affect them.
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A lot of folks were going to a basketball game nearby and expressing their support for the rally as they went by.
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