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2nd Annie of primary tent take down @ OGP by OPD & Urban Shield Protest w/Bike Block event
The 2nd Anniversary of the first take down of the Occupy Oakland Encampment by OPD, the convergence at the Library, the turning of Oakland into a war zone by OPD that evening, and the near-fatal shooting of Scott Olsen.
I told Scott that it was good to see him in person, and not on the internet, or in a movie, or in a media reference, and so on. Ed is a good cook. [#OO needs to put on some concerts and raise money so #OO can be gluten free...]
For visual people, the following will tell you what my last part of October looked like two years ago. If anyone likes I can print my entire indyography in the comments section, in case you'd like to know what my November two years ago was like, my December, and so on, and on, and on.
In the future when "Bike Block," or "Occupy Bike Party" or "Fuck the Police Bike Brigade Oaktown," or whatever rolls through I think it wiser if there is some preexisting dialog with Critical Mass so that all tactical considerations are fully present in the minds of the protesters. Also I think "Cop Watch" yellow cards would have been very helpful at that event also. About a half dozen or so bicyclists were cited last night with vehicle violations, and in all fairness it was extremely targeted with prejudice. I wasn't shit talking, I tried to maintain a sense of presence and dignity, perhaps that's why I have an infraction, or fix it ticket regarding bicycle code reflectors, and front headlight. It seems like folks were fined, maybe, hopefully I'm wrong. I hope its all just bullshit, it was, you can't always count on it however. Asking low income people to keep up on such codes is of course an odious use of classism, I don't believe I need to remind anyone of that fact however. A civilian from the neighborhood was kind enough to talk me down. Apparently I had forgotten that the new Chief of Police is a bicycle enthusiast, so that's why there were a dozen or so bicycle cops. They were mean, the motorcycle cops zipped by me so that I couldn't bike along the parked cars, and of course stopping to observe what was obviously going to be a citation or warning is what got me cited. The whole time the bicycle cops were on our tails. Loudspeakers were used to cite redundant violation warnings, this is a protest, we have a civic right to assemble, fuck off already. I wasn't going to run from cops on motorcycles, that's just stupid and odd, I was on a bicycle no less. Also I suppose that when cops ask you to walk your bike you should heed their warning, that wasn't really my problem, mostly though, it was the tempestuousness and motive related insipid pursuit of the bicycle protest that the Oakland police should be ashamed of. Its just civic harassment. Nothing more, nothing less. Its related to class warfare and all of the idiot bag of tricks that the tricks (the 1%) are continuously using. We did pretty good until we got to a one way road in Lake Merritt. It was a planned bulldog, harassment. I think maybe if we had a predestination other than where our hearts take us we would have maybe had better luck overall. People who walked their bikes seemed to do somewhat better than those who insisted on riding ahead, although waiting for those in between and a little further back may have been my waterloo. The police didn't seem to mind after my citation was written if I monitored the activity as a NLG or ACLU person. I asked specifically in a 'just putting it out there manner.' It was the end of the night, the cops should have simply petered out and left us alone. They got a few harassment citations, and something to report to the NSA consensus department.
Please enjoy the photography.
At first it was kind of a disco, then it was an ac dc homage to ozzy and head banging, the motorcycle cops revved up their engines and shined their brights so we left. The location was the Lake Merritt pedestrian pantheon, or whatever it is. The first photo is disco and the second is some kind of rock and roll thing. For the record I don't like to take photographs of police unless it is required due to safety or legal concerns.