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Gender Rebel Street Party in Soliarity with CeCe McDonald & Brandy Martell, 5/4/12: photos
A street party in Oakland was organized surreptitiously but came out in a big way at First Friday's Art Murmur on April 4th. The party was organized to show solidarity for Brandy Martell, shot to death in downtown Oakland on April 28th, and CeCe McDonald, convicted of Second Degree Manslaughter for defending herself against Neo-Nazis. Both are transgendered African Americans. Oakland Rebels/Gender Rebels kicked off the street party by bringing a bumping sound system into the intersection of 23rd Street and Telegraph Avenue and hanging a large banner from the building above the Rock Paper Scissors' collective storefront. Fliers explaining the solidarity action were distributed to the hundreds of Art Murmur goers who came into the street to join the dance party.
[Pictured above: Oakland Rebels/Gender Rebels/Fuck OPD banner hangs high above; Strike Everyday banner on the street]
Check out a reportback from Gender Rebels at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/05/06/18713045.php
After having completely avoided the area for over two hours, in a part of town where police can be seen rolling by regularly -- and this despite the street party fully blocking traffic at 23rd & Telegraph, then Telegraph and Grand, and back again at 23rd -- Oakland police were on the scene in a matter of minutes following the attack. The Gender Rebel street party and the Art Murmur crowd largely dissipated of their own volition once police arrived. Heard numerous times amongst those remaining, as people tried to process the brutality of what had just happened seemingly out of the blue, was that the many-on-one attack was too sudden and too methodical to be some random street brawl. The feeling amongst witnesses to the beating was that the attackers who appeared out of nowhere -- actually coming directly out of the "Para Diso" bar at 2272 Telegraph to attack a single person in the middle of the crowd -- were actually provocateurs allied with law enforcement, sent to scare off the crowd by the sight of bodily violence and to offer a pretense for police to finally move in and disperse the crowd.