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Statement of Solidarity with OO
This statement was passed by the General Assembly of Occupy Santa Rosa on February 4th, in response to an editorial published by our local corporate newspaper calling for all Occupy groups to "condemn" Occupy Oakland.
STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY
from Occupy Santa Rosa General Assembly to Occupy Oakland General Assembly
Occupy Santa Rosa stands in solidarity with Occupy Oakland!
We are inspired by Occupy Oakland’s transparent January 28 action to nonviolently occupy a long-vacant building and transform it into a vibrant community center serving the people.
On January 28, Mayor Jean Quan and Oakland city officials unleashed a full-scale police assault against Occupy Oakland. We observed the violence that unfolded in the streets of Oakland. The violence was overwhelmingly initiated by, and carried out by, the police.
Of the many hours of recorded video of January 28, the media has chosen to highlight the vandalism at Oakland City Hall by a small handful of people which was not at all characteristic of the events of the day. Balanced reporting would have shown rows of armored police repeatedly shooting stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber-coated bullets directly into crowds of unarmed protesters.
What bitter irony that Occupy Oakland is now being blamed for "costing” cash-strapped Oakland millions of dollars. It is the Oakland city government that has chosen to waste people’s tax money on an ongoing police war--which they will not win--against a nonviolent people’s movement.
Occupy Santa Rosa stands with Occupy Oakland and all of Occupy as we work together to create a truly just and democratic society!
Occupy Oakland: Carry on! We have your back! …or…rather…your North!
With love and solidarity,
Occupy Santa Rosa
Approved by the OSR GA on Saturday, February 4, 2012