Posts tagged Occupy Oakland
Posts tagged Occupy Oakland
May Day Occupy Oakland protesters lay a line of flowers in front of police.
(Image: Occupy Wall Street)
Embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking in an interview with the BBC (excerpted on The Takeaway radio program–audio of Quan starts at the 5:30 mark), casually mentioned that she was on a conference call with leaders of 18 US cities shortly before a wave of raids broke up Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country. “I was recently on a conference call with 18 cities across the country who had the same situation…”
So she’s basically implying what quite a few of us have been saying - these coordinated raids are not a coincidence.
This is a big deal. Dan Siegel, legal adviser to Oakland, Calif. Mayor Jean Quan, resigned over the brutalization of Occupy Oakland protesters and says he now supports the Occupy Wall Street movement. Approximately an hour ago, he wrote on Twitter, “No longer Mayor Quan’s legal advisor. Resigned at 2 am. Support Occupy Oakland, not the 1% and its government facilitators.”
This came after he encouraged people to mobilize to Occupy Oakland late last night, where another raid resulted in upwards of 32 arrests, according to Occupy Oakland leaders. Police declared the park a crime scene Monday and forced media to leave.
If more high-ranking municipal officials have an attack of conscience and do the right thing, what then? It appears city and state governments are already a titch frightened of the Occupy movement. If their own people refuse to obey or resign in protest, perhaps it will be time to take this a little more seriously. Change from the bottom on up, folks.
Nothing like pulling numbers straight out of your own racist ass, amirite?!
Keep it classy.
Here’s the guy who hit the Occupy DC protesters with their car.
Good find by Evan. We’re about to post another video of the immediate aftermath of the incident. The car looks the same in both videos.
First a Mercedes mows people down in Oakland, and now a Lexus in DC. Symbolic much?
The port is now shut down! I stand in solidarity with Occupy Oakland. There are untold numbers in solidarity with you.
We outnumber the 1%
99% > 1%
You HAVE got to see this. It’s amazing. I’m almost crying. Estimates are at least 4,500 people marching.
Solidarity forever, my friends!
Chase Bank in Oakland during today’s general strike, just a few hours ago.
Remember Orange County Young Republicans Treasurer Matthew Klein? Y’know, the one who giggles when the homeless die? Yeah, that guy.
Men’s Wearhouse in Oakland shut down today in solidarity with the general strike that began in Oakland today. An Oakland resident tweeted this picture:
This doesn’t sit well with conservatives. Men’s Wearhouse had already been supportive of the 99%, leading to exchanges like this:
However, Matt takes it one step further. He writes that as a member of the 53% who have money, he will take it elsewhere. Why? Because they chose to stand with the “so-called 99 percent” - the people who don’t have money. Basically, screw you for standing with the poor, I won’t shop at a place with a heart! I’m taking my DOLLAS elsewhere. HOLLA! (You just KNOW he says that…)
He’s also changed his description on his profile. Here’s the previous description from Oct 31, 2011:
SMILEY FACE! You guys at suck at life. Silly poor people!
No, Matt, actually you suck at life. Why? Well, if you’re going to flounce like a Twitter drama queen, tweet the right account:
It’s @MensWearhouse. You tweeted a spam account - but really, when’s the last time a Republican gave a damn about fact-checking?
Again, you can contact the Orange County Young Republicans here.
Yeah! What if they have guns and launch projectiles that shatter people’s skulls?!
Oh, that was the police? Well, I guess that’s okay then… </sarcasm>
The crazed look on the cop’s face mimics what’s been captured on video. If you want to know what they think of the protesters, check out this forum where police are discussing the lead up to Scott Olsen’s skull fracture at Occupy Oakland. They’re smearing a Marine to justify brutality.
Thanks Captain Hindsight!
Dear Oakland PD,
You have probably angered many in the US Marine Corps.
An observant veteran
Dear members of the US Marine Corps,
Join us. We defend and fight for your brother, and those in the 99% - those like you.
A veteran and member of the 99%
So inspiring! A rally is scheduled for October 28th in Tahir Square in solidarity with US protesters subjected to brutality by police - specifically Occupy Oakland and Occupy Wall Street.
Mohammed Maree describes himself as a “Veterinarian, Egyptian Blogger and Human rights activist” who blogs here.
Occupy here, occupy everywhere. Solidarity!
The photo above, taken by Jay Finneburgh, shows Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen being carried away after he was struck in the head by a tear gas canister thrown by Oakland police during last night’s raid on Occupy Oakland.
Video shot at the scene shows police throwing a flash grenade into the crowd as other protesters rush to help him:
Olsen did two tours of duty in Iraq and is a current member of Veterans for Peace. He’s now listed in critical but stable condition with swelling of the brain and a skull fracture. He is also on a respirator due to the doctors sedating him in order to evaluate the possible injury to his brain.
From The Guardian:
Keith Shannon, who served with Olsen in Iraq, arrived at the hospital after protesters contacted him through Facebook. He confirmed Olsen had a fractured skull, and said he had been told by a doctor Olsen also had brain swelling. A neurosurgeon was due to assess Olsen to determine if he needed surgery, Shannon said.
"It’s really hard," Shannon said. "I really wish I had gone out with him instead of staying home last night."
Shannon, who is also 24, said he had seen the video footage showing Olsen lying on the floor as a police officer throws an explosive device near him. “It’s terrible to go over to Iraq twice and come back injured, and then get injured by the police that are supposed to be protecting us,” he said.
This is utter brutality. Scott Olsen enlisted in the military, fought for the U.S. in combat, and is thanked for it with a severe head injury while defending his fellow citizens from police action at home. Veterans for Peace have stood with numerous camps, including Boston, where elderly members were beaten by police.
In Oakland, despite police using multiple rounds of tear gas, flash grenades, rubber bullets and beanbag projectiles on protesters, they remained peaceful. Police denied the use of tear gas initially, but confirmed it at a press conference today. It was also claimed this started because a protester threw a rock at police, while Oakland Mayor Jean Quan stated the raid was because of “unsanitary conditions” and “ongoing vandalism” happening because of Occupy Oakland.
As for police denying the use of flash grenades and rubber bullets, the video above shows use of the flash grenade, and here’s a rubber bullet picked up by a demonstrator:
How long will this police aggression against unarmed, peaceful protest be allowed to continue? Scott Olsen is merely one of its victims. We, as citizens, must demand an end to the vicious crackdown at occupy protests across the nation. Remember, be peaceful, but stand resolute.
The tides are moving in favor of occupy movements. For example, Occupy Cleveland just won the right in federal court to occupy a city park around the clock. The judge wrote the demonstrators of Occupy Cleveland had their First Amendment rights violated and ordered the city to grant the protesters a permit.
Solidarity forever, my friends. Do not let the police scare you away.