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Indybay FeatureRelated Categories: East Bay | Anti-War | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism
Anti-Imperialist, Anti-Capitalist Hoodie & Hijab March in Oakland, 10/7/12: photos
Directly after the Decolonize the New World 2012 Afghans for Peace rally in Oscar Grant plaza on the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan and Indigenous People's Day (Columbus Day), up to 200 demonstrators marched through downtown Oakland for just under an hour. In the course of the march, while a sound system boomed and anti-war chants rang out, windows were broken, ATMs were smashed, and paint went up. Targets included numerous banks, a credit union, AC Transit, AT&T, the Oakland Tribune, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Sears, the Uptown Apartments, Rudy's Can't Fail, Oakland city hall, Oakland police department Internal Affairs, and more. The tires of one to two dozen relatively high-end vehicles were popped. The march returned to the plaza where it began and demonstrators dispersed of their own accord without confrontations with police or arrests.
[Pictured above: With Oakland city hall in the background, "All Our Ancestors Killed Colonizers" banner leads march out of plaza.]
The march generated heated discussion and debate amongst radical and liberal activists in the week that followed. Many objected to the property destruction all together. Others objected to the choice of some of the targets, such as the credit union, crowded bars along the southern end of Telegraph Avenue, and people's personal cars. One of the main themes of those objecting was that the actions were counter-productive to recruitment for a wider movement against militarism and capitalist oppression. Some justified the targets chosen, at least most of them, as fair game in the fight against violent oppression at home and abroad.
Afghans for Peace Rally on the 11th Anniversary of the Afghanistan War, Oakland, 10/7/12: video & photos
For more information on the West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist actions:
Occupy Oakland Takes New Park at 19th Street and Telegraph, 11/19/11: video & photos
Unsure if this is new or old graffiti
After having been hit with occupations and broken windows repeatedly over the past year, Obama's Oakland headquarters has moved to a new non-storefront location nearby.
Undocumented students occupy Obama's Oakland headquarters
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Windows have boards permanently after numerous past window smashes.