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Written Proof of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's New Nighttime Protest Curfew

by Dave Id
As part of a nationwide Black Women Matter day of action yesterday which focused on state violence against African American women and transgender people, a call-out was issued by area Black women and the Black Youth Project 100 for a 7pm rally at Oscar Grant plaza, set to be followed by a march down Broadway to Oakland police headquarters. Numerous speakers addressed related issues in the plaza. Then, as soon as the group began to move, OPD took the unusual step of immediately declaring that protesters would be cited and/or arrested for marching in the streets. There were children and baby carriages in the march and yet OPD came out with a huge show of force and blasted marchers with extremely loud announcements. A very reliable source whom I trust 100% informed me during the march, as OPD continued to do their best to intimidate protesters, that OPD's behavior was a result of direct orders from Mayor Libby Schaaf and her team that there be a new protest crackdown in Oakland including actual evening protest curfews. I put the word out as soon as I heard that. Today, I received this copy of the City of Oakland's "advisory" on a police-enforced ban on marches after sunset. [Never mind that it was well before sunset when OPD barraged the march yesterday with deafening announcements, motorcycles, a helicopter, and perhaps one hundred or more police officers.]
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Text the document reads as follows...

[City of Oakland and OPD logos]

PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION ADVISORY

OPD will facilitate peaceful marches until sunset (8:15 pm tonight)
and peaceful assemblies in Frank Ogawa Plaza
until closing at 10:00 pm.



ADMINISTRATIVE RULES/GUIDELINES

The City of Oakland is committed to upholding the constitutional rights to
free speech and peaceful assembly. We advise demonstrators to
engage in expression that is respectful of people, property and adheres
to the law.

The Oakland Police Department will facilitate peaceful demonstrations
in the following time, place and manner:

1. Permitted and unpermitted peaceful assemblies and marches
are allowed during daylight hours.


2. Unpermitted peaceful ASSEMBLIES are allowed after sunset.

3. Unpermitted MARCHES in the street after sunset are NOT
allowed
.


The Oakland Police Department will continue to facilitate peaceful
demonstrations as outlined above, while enforcing all laws against
violence, vandalism, trespassing, or other criminal activity.

Criminal conduct and acts of violence may result in: arrest,
citation, and demonstrations being declared unlawful assemblies.
In addition, participants may be cited or arrested for blocking the
roadway.


Distributed: May 19, 2015




For more information, see:

Cat Brooks Speaks Out Against Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's New Evening Protest Curfew
by Dave Id / Roselyn B.
https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/05/22/18772604.php

Libby Schaaf orders OPD to crack down on nighttime protests and street marches in Oakland
by Davey D
https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/05/22/18772597.php

NLG Condemns Oakland's Attack on the Right to Assemble and Protest
by NLG-SF
https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/05/22/18772598.php

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Institutes Curfew On Nighttime Street Protests
by Darwin BondGraham, East Bay Express
https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/05/22/18772602.php


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