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Obama protest, Cannabis Initiative march Part Two
by Darin Bauer
Wednesday Jul 25th, 2012 12:49 PM
The save Harborside cannabis march was followed by an Occupy Oakland march.
Obama keep your promise!
by Darin Bauer Wednesday Jul 25th, 2012 12:49 PM
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by Five Ws
Wednesday Jul 25th, 2012 12:51 PM
Please include all of the following information: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How.

This is known as the 5 Ws and How.
by Darin
Wednesday Jul 25th, 2012 1:08 PM
If you don't already know what's going on, it is likely that you won't be looking to see photography regarding the event. I think it's lamer duck actually that you just did not choose to decide to inform people on your own accord that Obama was in town. Could it be that important to you? It seems pretty obvious. People who look @ indybay don't fucking live in a goddamn vacuum, so keep your w's to yourself hommie!
by Indybay is News Site & Archive
Wednesday Jul 25th, 2012 1:26 PM
"People who look @ indybay don't fucking live in a goddamn vacuum, so keep your w's to yourself hommie!"

Indybay is a respectable website for journalism, not a photo-sharing site. The 5 Ws are important. Otherwise, stick to publishing your photos on flickr, not on a news website and archive.

It's not asking too much, for you to include information, such as the date, people and organizations involved, and reason for the demonstration.
by west.
Wednesday Jul 25th, 2012 5:31 PM
not benefitting with this guy. just another scared politician. change...change into what? not all africans are for this chump.
by sorry
Wednesday Jul 25th, 2012 6:41 PM
don't be defensive. Ws was offering what sounded like constructive criticism. and you just about did what Ws asked for in your comment when you wrote about an "obama was in town". that's the first time it was mentioned. otherwise, could look like an anti-Obama demo while he's nowhere near

a simple sentence like "Obama was in town fundraising at the Fox Theater on July 23rd and Oakland came out to protest the federal attacks on medical marijuana" would greatly help this piece. check out other posts on indybay. most give at least minimal info as to what is happening in the photos or video.

remember that people might be looking at this post in the future and won't know what it's documenting, especially since the post date is today and the photos say 2005, yet the protest was Monday. also, people find your posts through search engines and not just because they already know about this website. context does matter and gives meaning to your photographs

thanks for sharing photos of this event. add at least once little sentence next time with the basic facts and it would be about perfect
by Zachary RunningWolf
(runningwolf.zachary [at] Wednesday Jul 25th, 2012 8:12 PM
I commented before the protests of a 1% president @ the Fox (666) Theatre that everyone should be out there showing our disgust. I'm a Native American Elder and called my people out there for Obombma opening up the Artic circle to oil exploration and approving the XL pipeline. Secondly and still an Indigenous issue of deporting 1.4 million migrants (they call illegal immigrants) who did not cross the border as the border crossed them. "Who are you calling Immigrant, Pilgrim". African Americans for being sold this Porch person Prez who did not give the Forty Acres or the mule maybe the Jackass. Finally everyone else for the Bankster bailouts which was 21 trillion dollars to the Wall street gangsters not one has gone to jail. Obombma has bombed Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and Libya while being given the Noble Peace Prize. This is especially disturbing using a person of color as the front for global world order.
by Build alternatives
Thursday Jul 26th, 2012 12:51 AM
Hopefully, all of the people attending the protest were registered Peace & Freedom or Green and registered everyone they could to these 2 peace and civil rights parties as the Democrat-Republican parties are the twin parties of war and fascism. You can do so right now by calling your local county registrar or registering online. See:
(accept the default fill out form online)
The list of county registrars is at :
These two parties may be found at:
1. Peace & Freedom Party
2. Green Party
by reader
Thursday Jul 26th, 2012 11:34 AM
More photos of the event . . . earlier
by Jaxon Van Derbeken
Thursday Jul 26th, 2012 11:39 AM
A major portion of Oakland's troubled police radio system failed shortly after President Obama's visit on Monday, leaving many of the 100 officers assigned to handle presidential security unable to communicate as protesters roamed the streets, police said Wednesday.

"The guys downtown couldn't talk to one another," said Barry Donelan, head of the Oakland Police Officers Association.

"It was a train wreck," said Lt. Fred Mestas, who was on duty downtown during and after Obama's speech at a fundraiser at the Fox Theater.

Police said officers were suffering sporadic communications problems throughout the time Obama was inside the Fox on Telegraph Avenue, as well as before and afterward.

At one point, Mestas said, officers couldn't talk to the Police Department's dispatch center.

"That lasted about 30 minutes," Mestas said. "When you have the president there, 30 seconds is too long."
Problems worsen

The communications issues became severe around 10 p.m., about an hour after Obama left Oakland, city officials said. At that point, police were keeping an eye on demonstrators who had protested during Obama's visit and lingered after he left, occasionally blocking streets. The protests proved to be largely peaceful.

"Any radio failure puts officers at risk, but this was a critical situation to provide safety and security for the president and the public," said Donelan, whose union has been outspoken about the radio system's problems.

The year-old system has been plagued by breakdowns and dead zones that have left officers' digital radios prone to blackouts across the city and in most commercial buildings, including the basement of police headquarters. A city-hired consultant said last week that the system was not up to urban standards.
Regional option

The city has so far rejected joining forces with an Alameda-Contra Costa counties regional authority composed of 40 other police and firefighting agencies that is building its own radio system. City Administrator Deanna Santana said she needs to know more about the costs and benefits of the regional network before recommending to the City Council whether to drop Oakland's system.

Oakland paid $18 million for the radio system when it became operational last year, largely using grant money. The city built it in consultation with the Richmond office of Dailey and Wells, the local representative for the radio system manufacturer, Harris Corp. of Florida.

According to city officials, the problems Monday night were caused by the failure of a cooling unit used on a transmission tower at Gwin Reservoir in the Oakland hills. The tower overheated, causing "severe" communications problems after 10 p.m., said Sgt. Chris Bolton, chief of staff for Police Chief Howard Jordan. The problem was diagnosed by about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Fixed next day

Karen Boyd, spokeswoman for the city, said the unit was less than 6 months old and that the vendor, Emerson Network Systems, "took full responsibility" for the breakdown.

The cooling unit was replaced by midday, but service was not fully restored until about 6 p.m. Tuesday, Bolton said. In the meantime, officers in and around downtown continued to have communications problems.

Bolton said he was on duty Monday night and was among those who had trouble contacting fellow officers. "Obviously, we want a reliable radio system," he said.

Donelan called the police radio network "inadequate."

"It's touch and go every day with this system," Donelan said. "It just happened that one of the antennas went down when the president of the United States was here."
Regional system

Bill McCammon, executive director of the regional authority building its own network, said city officials reached out to him the day after Obama's visit and want to meet next week about the interagency system, which will be fully functional in September.

"We're eager to work with them," McCammon said.

Pleasant Hill Police Chief Pete Dunbar, a former Oakland police officer who is on the regional system's board, said he hopes the episode will help persuade the city to join its neighbors' transmission network.

"When you have the president of the United States in town and your system goes down," he said, "you wonder what could happen next."

Dunbar added, "These stories (about failures) go on and on. But for the grace of God, nobody has gotten hurt. But if you keep this up, it's just a matter of time."