UPDATE: This proposal was withdrawn for the right reason (we need unity in the face of the impending raid) and another was defeated. Was this really a proposal out of Quan’s office? Who the hell knows, but I do not believe it was based on who actually brought it to the floor.
The following is a non-violence proposal sent out via Tiwtter originally posted here. I am not entirely sure if this is true or simply rumor, but it has been made clear that some such proposal will be made soon, possibly tonight.
You might notice that there is something blatantly missing from this proposal, which is any mention of the Oakland Police. Therefore, it is not a serious proposal about non-violence whatsoever. It is simply a maneuver by Jean Quan and her supporters to get Occupy Oakland to “refuse to denounce violence,” as the story will be played out in the media over the next few days. Afterward, the police will have full justification to violently attack the camp as they did two weeks ago.
Assuming this proposal is legit and is going before the GA, expect some fireworks tonight. GA is starting early (6pm).
The following is a proposal expected to be brought before the Occupy Oakland General Assembly on Wednesday night. The authors of the proposal are members of the Block By Block Organizing Network, which is a group formed by key members of Mayor Quan’s campaign team shortly after she won the Mayor’s race.
WHEREAS, OCCUPY OAKLAND SEEKS TO EXPAND THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT TO EFFECTIVELY DEMAND THAT THE 1% PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE AND THAT OUR SOCIETY MEET THE NEEDS OF THE 99%;
WHEREAS, TO THAT END OCCUPY OAKLAND HAS INVITED FAMILIES, CHILDREN, THE DISABLED, ELDERLY AND ALL OTHER SECTORS OF THE 99% TO OCCUPY OAKLAND EVENTS;
WHEREAS, PHYSICAL ATTACKS AGAINST PERSONS AND PROPERTY ENDANGER THE SAFETY OF THESE PERSONS AND LIMITS PARTICIPATION IN THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT;
WHEREAS, SUCH ATTACKS ARE CONDONED BY NEITHER THE MAJORITY OF OCCUPY MOVEMENT PARTICIPANTS NOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE 99%;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THOSE WHO LAUNCH PHYSICAL ATTACKS ON PEOPLE OR PROPERTY ARE NOT WELCOME TO DO SO AT OR NEAR OCCUPY OAKLAND EVENTS AND ENCAMPMENT.