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Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

Saying Occupy Oakland or the Occupy Movement failed is a bit much since Occupy meant revolution; i.e. a displacement of existing faculties of authority in finance and law enforcement. Every entity with power in those two organs of society focused their attention on ending Occupy. To suggest that it failed is to compare the struggle to a contest with a time limit, at the end of which a winner and a loser is declared. The legacy of Occupy is that hundreds of massive demonstrations have occurred without permits since 2011. Now, the occupation of public space continues as a tactic of resistance to neoliberal strategies of privatization and the cutting of government services. Student debt strikes are a direct offshoot of Occupy. Murders by police officers are recorded and tabulated since the movement began. And there are certainly grounds for an argument that the surge of neo-fascism and the humiliation it brings down on the Right is a reaction to Occupy and its offshoots. We should continue to evaluate the events of Sept. 2011 to Jan. 2012 from any and all perspectives, but its not yet time to put Occupy on the shelf. As Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his faction contributed to the achievements of Mohandas Gandhi, and as Stokley Carmichael and Malcolm X did the same for Martin Luther King, Jr., so may the radicals of Oakland do for crypto-revolutionaries who wish Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren would stop playin.

Posted by Mike Wilson 1 on 05/28/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

Unfortunately Occupy had high ideals and no means or method for defending them from the "by any and all means" contingent who leaped to the fore front and stayed there with help all too willing help of the unthinking press (and community). Nor was it able to coherently express those ideals to a wider audience, leaving only the circus to speak for them.

We should keep in mind, ideals are terrific... Ideas and concrete plans are better.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/25/2017 at 9:00 PM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

I'm a life long Oakland resident and home owner/taxpayer.Occuppy is a subversive org. i do not want any of my tax dollars either to support or police it .Go f***off go and go protest some where else maybe Berkeley.
If you the City Of Oakland approve of this subvdrsive org then you betray the trust of the tax payers

Posted by Jim Zigenis on 05/25/2017 at 7:36 PM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

I won't go into the absurd comment above about OO folks participating at OSF. It's completely wacko and does not dignify response.

But, Darwin... please. "It never became anything more than a clusterfuck of the Bay Area activist lefts usual suspects." Really? This comment is just as wacko. We were there. The leading folks, the young people who had the skills and intent to model direct democracy general assemblies and model egalitarian community (including feeding homeless every day), were not the usual anything in the Bay Area. And from what i have seen, they have moved on to live lives modeled on principles of sustainable living, both privately and publicly. Of course there were many Bay Area activists there, that were working before and after for many of the same objectives, that still exist today. But why call them "suspects" as if they are criminals or losers or whatever diss makes others feel superior?

If there is ultimately anything that stopped OO as well as Occupy at every other city, it is the unwillingness for the masses, siting behind their Blue Pill TV minds, to admit their compliance to self-administering ecocide sold to them by 1% Empire. That they are not yet mentally prepared to abandon the luxury and conveniences of consumer culture that war empire sells them and take over policy decisions with direct democracy. That real community means mutual aid for all or none. That a truly meaningful life means spending more time participating in self-organizing localized sustainability with neighbors, than Neo-serfing some 1%er's profit pyramid scheme.

It probably didn't help matters that mayor Quan's authority complex was jilted by not being allowed to jump in front of the speaking queue. But the worst player, aside from Politic1%an PoLice is probably the one with all the peer powerwash, the Media. They did their very best to paint every event after the Quan huff-up, as violent, illegal, filthy, public health problem, etc., making it impossible for anyone behind the screens of not being there, to empathize with the difficulty of confronting a system rigged to crush any presence of egalitarian community asserting a self-governing presence against 1% empire. As is nearly every against-the-system protest that makes airtime.

Posted by Sandy Sanders on 05/25/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

This "hit" piece on Mike King's book stinks! I think I will put edition of the EBE on the bottom of my chicken coop where it can get the kind of validation it deserves.

Clearly DBG wasn't there to experience what Mike and thousands of others experienced on a daily or weekly basis. "Six years ago, did the people really occupy their town squares to break bread with the dispossessed, and talk about radically refashioning the economy and political system from the ground up?

They did, and they mostly lost. And it wasnt the riot cops who beat them. " What a narrow-minded, clueless response to an exercise in understanding T.A.Z. (Temp. Autonomous Zone), how direct democracy works, consensus decision making, skill sharing, teach-in's, food gardening, art making, info distribution, media making.... just disgraceful that DBG felt the need to shit on a beautiful authentic Occupy....unlike that sanitized event in SF where an event tent with steel 3 sink cleaning station w/ organic food delivered from rich "supporters of the cause" (ha ha) to the campers in Herman plaza. what a joke that was.

Posted by M S on 05/25/2017 at 11:20 AM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

As a San Francisco Occupier, I did feel like a toxic cloud drifted in from Oakland. I dreaded their participation in our events and was sad to see the pig baiting and anarcho-nihilism spread to our side of the bay. (And no, it was not just black people.) I never had much interest in seeing windows indiscrimitorily smashed, and trying to squat a building that the cops have already surrounded is a recipe for chaos.
If fact, we did reach many of the homeless and formerly incarcerated and others who had no previous experience with the left, as well as "the usual suspects." But this contained its own problems. Different people had different worldviews, different ways of communicating, different ways of, um, resolving conflicts. One hundred percent consensus works, if it works at all, among a small group of friends who all share the same general activist philosophy and goals. Occupy never had that. It's meeting tried the patients of seasoned activists. Others simply could not abide by the process at all. And, while some people submitted to the grueling process, others simply declared their actions "autonomous" and did what they wanted, and somehow this was OK. But in the end, it was the difference between those who thought that untargeted smashy smashy was a legitimate strategy and those who did not that killed the movement. That issue, sadly, has not been resolved.
Occupy SF, the only one I really spent a lot of time in, was a beautiful moment, but not a sustainable one. Hopefully, we, and other activists and would be activists, can learn from our successes, and our failures.

Posted by Ethan Davidson on 05/24/2017 at 11:28 PM

Re: “For Colored Girls … at Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center

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Re: “For Colored Girls … at Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center

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Re: “An Oakland Film Series Examines the Black Aesthetic

Hey, I'm Ryanaustin (Curator) and there should be two corrections to the piece.

1. We did not screen Watermelon Woman, instead we screened the shorts of Cecile Emeke

2. The Directors name for Day by Day is Jehnovah not "Jehovah"

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Re: “Yaa Gyasi Returns to Berkeley a Year After Her Novel’s Release

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Re: “Build Fruitvale out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks

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Re: “The Oakland Haiku and Jazz Festival Makes its Debut

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