How the Black Bloc Occupied Oakland 

Can the movement be sustainable if it won't condemn violence?

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It's unclear what the future bodes for Occupy Oakland as the weather gets colder, the General Assembly meetings get bigger, and the Black Bloc appears to gain traction. Still, it's hard to see Occupy Oakland generating any kind of sustainable protest movement, unless it eschews violence. It's axiomatic that change is hard, and long, and boring, and full of interminable negations, and it's much easier to just start a riot. A student activist named Gustavo Oliveira drew that conclusion last week: "If we're not gonna have riots, we have to work even harder [at] community organizing to get the job done," he said. "Otherwise we leave it to people who see no other option than to fuck shit up."

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