by Bill Luoma *thanks latfmanarchists and whosoever lit the cop car onfire I was sleeping at home at 3am on October 25 when the alert came in. Very heavy police presence. 20 chp in parking lot nearby. Seems as if raid is imminent. Will update. Raid confirmed. Get here immediately. Lines of riot cops marching toward camp. Oakland eviction raid any minute! Pls call & wake up friends & get down to 14th & bdwy to help defend! I'm not really popping a boner right now. The emergency broadcast system made duck quacks on october 25th at 4am. Sasha is sleeping. Charles and Juliana are there. Police are here. Gave dispersal orders. Please come! If they get arrested I will call in sick take care of Sasha & pick them up. Those straight white manarchists really need an accountability process right now. The emergency broadcast system went beep at five-thirty am on october 25th. I'm watching punkboyinsf on the livestream. Raid went down at 5am. Both oscar grant plaza & snowpark. 90+ arrests. Folks taken to 6th & wash, overflow to santa rita jail. Ohai, work. From the west oakland BART I can see helicopters over the plaza and other unidentifiable raptors confused and in need of fuel. I put the emergency broadcast system on vibrate at 11am on october 25 at work. I'm on a project with Jorge Regula trying to write a method to determine if an android device has a connection to the ad-hoc network. I've got on my yellow shirt. Reconvene at Oklnd Main Library (14th&Madison) 4PM today! Spread the word! Fwd this to your contact list. Not all are receiving these txt alerts. Just the facts said the emergency broadcast system on October 25 at 8th and Washington. Bobo is Dereck and Kitten is Kenower. Bobo is in the middle and Kitten is framing paint bombs, flash bangs and shotguns. All painted cops are very unhappy. Standoff at 14th and broadway. 500+ Police have used tear gas several times this evening. Scott Olsen 'has been shot' in the head with a 'non-lethal device' and 'does not appear to die.' Water Fountains @ Snow Park nr bathrm; nr Lake Chalet 14th & Lakeside; +open faucet on Alice btw 13th &14th @ side o brick bldg. Bring bottles! What's going on oaxaca? Go ahead. Don't afraid. The emergency broadcast system prefigured a kind of washing & drinking at 10pm on october 25. If you were gassed tonight undress and hose off outside. Don't bring the gas powder in the house with you. Chance of long term health effects. Oh fuck, where's yopa when you need him? Don't use that fucking hippie soap! The emergency broadcast system made a mistake at 10am on october 26. Plz disregard previous msg. The action was mistakenly sent out as happening today. No Labor Picket @ Jail today. Back 2 R Streets @ 6pm Tonight! What did I tell you about that fucking hippie soap? The emergency broadcast system made old peculiar at 5pm on october 26. GA tonight at 6pm at 14th and Broadway. If access to intersection is impossible we will reconverge at Oakland Public Library (14th and Madison). I'm at home watching Sasha. I'm watching the global revolution livestream. I'm watching the people say Oakland General Strike set for Nov 2! More cowbell please. It's friday october 28 at 11am and the emergency broadcast system wants me to know. Strike committee meeting tonight at 5pm at Oscar Grant Plaza. General Assembly at 6 pm. Strike committee meeting tonight at 5pm at Oscar Grant Plaza. General Assembly at 6 pm. I'm planning a very special kind of kittens action. For the next few days the emergency broadcast system reminds me about the police who've been really good at excercising their 2nd amendment rights in the face of my 1st. Support needed for 2 more arraignments today at 2pm. Wiley Manuel Courthouse. 7th and Washington. Dept. 112. Speakout against police violence at 6. Rubber bullets make big boo-boos on Bobo's body. The day before the strike the emergency broadcast system gave out tactical info. Tomorrow use twitter hashtag #OOstrike. Continuation of prev message. Please only use #OOstrike for tactical information. We want this to be a clear channel for information. Marches for port leave at 4 and 5 sharp. I'll use twitter hashtag #OOstrike when I find the port-o-pottie. The emergency broadcast system started tweeting at 8:30 on the morning of the general strike. Marches on banks leaving after 9 am and 12 pm convergences. Anticapitalist march at 2 pm. Someone masked up touches my shoulder and seems to smile. ohai. I can't tell who it is but I say o, hey, like I do. Fuck you if you like commas. The emergency broadcast system distributed safe words on the day of the general strike. Legal hotline for today is 415.285.1011. Please write on body in indelible ink if you are doing direct action. Does that include <<Death to Capitalism>> ? or <<Long Live The Oakland Commune>> ? Either way it doesn't seem to matter as the cops are nowhere to be found. The emergency broadcast system made statements on the evening of the general strike. ILWU reports shift change now at 8. To hold the picket please stay at port. Please standby. We are still waiting for confirmation that port is totally shut down, and then we can leave. Love builds up. Nothing happens. One thing is needed said the emergency broadcast system at 1:58am on the night of the general strike: Support. Plaza under attack by police. I've stopped dancing in front of the travelers aid building. The banner doesn't say <<Occupy verything>>. I'm seeing a lot of mutual aid from medics. No one uses twitter hashtag #OOStrike. 12
By JP Massar
When your house is invaded by insects, everyone knows it’s time to call the exterminator.
But when your house is invaded by banksters? The Federal government is of no use. Calling Jaime Dimon produces a recording of hysterical laughter. Prayers have not been shown to have any efficacy in stopping the sheriff from tossing your kids out onto the street. Lawyers cost the money you don’t have and usually can’t do much anyway. And even if they want to seek help, people are often ashamed.
What to do?
It’s not for the faint of heart, but those who are angry enough to be willing to fight back on the edge of the law have one last resort — calling Occupy and friends.
“Unruly mobs” of Occupy activists and other home defender groups such as ACCE have formed all across the country, pledging to draw a line in the sidewalk to not allow foreclosures, auctions and evictions by invasive banksters to take place — not without a fight anyway. From Minnesota to Atlanta, from Eugene to Brooklyn, from Detroit to Los Angeles and Anaheim, From San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento and Stockton to Maine, auctions have been disrupted, evictions prevented, people organized, and sufficient publicity generated to force banksters into modifying loans they once claimed were impossible to rework and unevict people they thought they had removed.
A week ago local activists from labor, Occupy Oakland, and other progressive and radical groups came together at Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland at a rally in support of the Marikana miners who were slaughtered by police in South Africa. The Occupy Oakland Labor Solidary Committee read a statement of support at that rally which has now been published:
To the workers striking against Lonmin:
We are the Labor Solidarity Committee of Occupy Oakland. We have been watching your struggle and are inspired by the strength, courage, and determination you have shown. We always support any and all workers who realize their power and stand up to fight back back against injustice. Injustices come from bosses, government, and even supposed allies.
None have fought with more fervor and righteous persistence as you. Few have ever faced the horrors that you have in return. We are both mournful and enraged by the brutality we know you have suffered. These actions must not go unanswered.
We extend to you a hand of solidarity from across the globe. We want to fight alongside you. We are workers also; your battles are our battles. We are on the same side; we share the same enemies on the other side.
We call on all people who have only their labor to survive and any of their organizations to not just speak, but to act in solidarity with you. We would like to take action against any company that buys, transports, or invests in products from Lonmin PLC. This includes refusing to install, sell, use or transport products containing material from this mine. It also includes shutdown actions against investors and companies who service Lonmin PLC.
We also support every effort to resist unjust economic and government systems, including your actions resisting murderous, violent police. This is another common battle that we share.
Lastly, we support your ability to organize in any way that way that you, as workers, decide, in order to combat the injustices you face. We will do what we can to support and defend you. This is one fight; we should be one fist.
In mourning, outrage, and solidarity,
– The Occupy Oakland Labor Solidarity Committee
Michael Siegel, Oakland civil rights attorney and all-around nice guy, has obtained information from the City of Oakland about police shooting lawsuits that have happened over the past decade and their resolutions.
Here’s a guide to how you, too, can get a cool $1,000,000 (give or take) from the taxpayers of Oakland. Unless you’re already shot dead.
The city of Oakland agreed Tuesday to… pay the family of a man who died after being arrested by Oakland police officers in 2000, a case that a federal appeals court said led to misrepresentations and stonewalling by the Police Department.
Jerry Amaro III, 35, was arrested on suspicion of trying to buy drugs from undercover officers near 73rd Avenue and Holly Street in East Oakland on March 23, 2000. During the arrest, several officers, including now-Capt. Ed Poulson, used excessive force, breaking five of Amaro’s ribs and lacerating his left lung, said the family’s suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
Incident Date: 3/23/2000
Settlement Date: 12/1/2011
The Settlement: $1,700,000
By JP Massar
First they came for the anarchist books,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t an anarchist.
Then they came for the trade union books,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the religious and political books,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t religious or political.
Then they came for me, and I objected,
But they had already seized the books with the Bill of Rights in them.
They came, as usual, in the middle of the night. Fifty or so of them, armed to the teeth and ready to carry out their mission. They came not to occupy, but… to remove the books.
Oakland Police evicted the first Occupants in many years of the abandoned building at 1449 Miller Street late on August 13th. That was the same day the abandoned building had been proclaimed a people’s library and public space, a Biblioteca Popul for a neighborhood in East Oakland sorely in need.
The keepers of the books were undaunted. The next morning they were back. They decided to re-establish the library on the sidewalk. Kids came. The children wanted to restart the garden, now inaccessible out back, and so a sidewalk garden was started. More kids came, some asking for books about dragons. Perhaps someone found them The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Pern, I can’t say for sure.
More people came, some dropping off books, some browsing, some borrowing. The book keepers announced a pot luck dinner, and then kept vigil through the night. For four days, with the Oakland Police hovering threateningly in idling cars just tens of yards away, they kept at it.
On Friday, they tweeted their announcement of a BBQ and community meeting for Saturday. The Occupy Oakland BBQ Committee, having previously proclaimed its own dissolution, nonetheless did not hesitate. Back they came, rivaling Lazarus, and with a little help from their friends…
produced, by 2:00 PM, one of the finest spreads in East Oakland.
by Scott J.
1. The Dark Knight Rises is by far the weakest of the three films in the Nolan Batman trilogy. The second half of the film degrades rapidly in believability, logic and even special effects. This may be due to a limitation in the creativity of the filmmakers but the problems with the film cannot be separated from its reactionary politics and are largely a consequence of them. However, it is not sufficient to dismiss it as “simply reactionary.” The film certainly attacks issues such as wealth redistribution that are relevant to Occupy Wall Street and the filmmakers even considered–before rejecting–the idea of filming at Zuccotti Park. However, the way in which these politics are expressed–or suppressed–needs to be analyzed specifically and understood both for the ideological implications but also regarding their effect on the story itself. For radicals, these two factors are not separate issues but should be considered inherently intertwined.
2. The previous films in the Nolan Batman series had reactionary elements but also mediating factors against those elements. Partially, there was an attempt to make the story of an urban vigilante more acceptable and partly there was a critique of vigilantism itself. These made the films not only more palatable but also far more dramatically compelling than they would have been otherwise. For example, the first film in the series featured Bruce Wayne training himself by stealing from his own corporation, rejecting revenge on his parents’ attacker and then battling organized crime that is enabled by a corrupt Gotham City Police Department. The second film also featured multiple analogies with the War on Terror, but simplistic readings of Batman as a heroic George W. Bush figure missed the point, which is the critique of the War on Terror embedded in the film. This is not to say that The Dark Knight was explicitly opposed to the War on Terror–rather, it contemplated the War on Terror even while it vacillated, but it’s vacillations at least made it interesting. So, Batman produced an NSA-worthy device which could spy on every citizen of Gotham City, but as soon as he used it he abandoned it due to his–belated–privacy concerns. Additionally, Batman tortured information out of the Joker, which would seem to be a defense of waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” but the information was faulty and resulted in the death of an innocent person regardless. These factors showed a limited, liberal conscience in the previous films and made them much more interesting than they would have been otherwise, even if a radical critique of these issues were unsurprisingly absent. Unfortunately, these mediating factors are missing from the latest film.
3. The Dark Knight Rises is full of Occupy Wall Street themes, including explicit attacks on stock traders and all-out class war. Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) whispers to billionaire Bruce Wayne that “A storm is coming… You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.” Later, Bane attacks a stock exchange and roughs up the bankers, stealing–read “redistributing”–billions of dollars, including from Wayne himself, who subsequently loses everything except his mansion. This leads Catwoman to quip in one of the more satisfying lines of dialog in the film that “the rich don’t even go broke like the rest of us.” None of this should be surprising, as one of the story credits is given to David S. Goyer, who is also credited as a writer of the video game Call of Duty : Black Ops II. Supposedly the villain in the game is a “narco terrorist who has been dubbed ‘the Messiah of the 99 percent.’” If that were not enough, there is also a nuclear device that threatens the entire city of Gotham which is created out of a failed green energy project that not only brought Gotham no energy but foolishly lost millions of dollars in private investments.
4. The Dark Knight Rises is not simply conservative, with a brutish thug who attacks Wall Street investor-types. Rather, it is also explicitly anti-revolutionary and contains references to both the French and Russian revolutions. Bane calls on the people of Gotham to take back their city, speaking to an audience of likely middle-class (and wealthier) Gothamites at a football game. This Revolution In One City is carried out by destroying the bridges, trapping the majority of Gotham’s police underground and freeing the city’s prisoners–who have been given lengthy sentences due to the “Dent Act”–who proceed to march out with their imprisoners’ firearms. The chaos that ensues throughout the city is predictable, but the imagery is significant. A French Revolution-like tribunal is established which sentences Gotham’s remaining police officers to death–or exile, which is certain death by walking across the city’s partially frozen river. This and other winter scenes recall moments in the Russian Revolution and civil war, and a later funeral includes a reading of the final lines of A Tale of Two Cities, referring to the unrestrained use of the guillotine in France. The lesson is clear–all revolutions result in tyranny, so before people like OWS supporters demand wealth redistribution, they may want to consider the ugly consequences, revolutionary tribunals apparently being one of the more obvious.
5. It is a problem for the filmmakers that class war, or at the very least class resentment, is popular among tens of millions of working-class people, which constitute a large part of the expected audience for the film. Unsurprisingly, then, this ideological bent against wealth redistribution and revolution causes serious problems in the story. In particular, there is a surprising lack of scenes showing ordinary people looting shopping malls or sipping champagne from the captured fortresses of the one percent. Many people in the audience would find these scenes appealing even if only as a cathartic fantasy in a morality tale about the consequences of such actions. But The Dark Knight Rises won’t even give us this much, instead leaving us with the image of horrified football spectators being greeted by their brutish liberator. Thus, we get all of the misery and none of the fun of revolution and class war, which is not only dishonest but frankly boring. Only Selina Kyle seems to relish the coming class war–before being inexplicably turned off by the results. There is, however, one concession in the plot to the “problem” of class resentment: Bruce Wayne losing the entirety of his wealth as the greatest victim of Bane’s redistributionist crusade. Wayne, it should be noted, takes this news in stride. He’s more concerned about the people of Gotham, of course. The problem for the story is that a billionaire saving the people from themselves–and from Wayne’s wealth–would be far too awkward for a film that seeks mass appeal. Better to make him more like an ordinary guy, a dispassionate defender of all of Gotham–not so coincidentally, the liberal ideal of the state–rather than a crusader for his rich friends. The writers seem to have realized that the only way to make Batman sympathetic in this situation is to bleed him dry and nearly kill him. But this leads to other problems.
6. The second half of the film descends into a convoluted mess, ending with Batman gliding over the ocean in a hoaky special effects scene reminiscent of a flying RoboCop. What brings us to this point is a set of plot contrivances that are essentially an expanded version of the James Bond villain who describes his plans precisely so that our hero can foil him. In this instance, Bane admits that he both wants the people of Gotham to take back their city and he wants them all dead. He is both a social revolutionary and a nihilist. What point he seeks to prove is unclear, other than the inherent dastardliness of wealth redistributors such as himself. Killing everybody is not enough for this story–he has to foment class war first in order to show its link to terrorism, which is also shown at the beginning when one of Bane’s devotees voluntarily dies in a plane crash. There is also the double-contrivance wherein the explosive device cannot be moved and Batman cannot access it anyway–until at the end he can access it, at which point it is perfectly mobile. This is not the plot the story needs, but the one the writers want. Having Batman instead battle a reluctant Gotham while he unredistributes Bruce Wayne’s wealth would have been far more interesting but ideologically far too complicated. There is no liberal conscience to grapple with here in part because of the emphasis on revolution, an issue on which both conservatives and liberals wholeheartedly agree, leaving us with no conflict or drama, simply a predictable Hollywood blockbuster.
7. The Dark Knight Rises could have delved into the issues of wealth inequality with far more complexity as there is a vast amount of untapped dramatic potential in the billionaire Batman fighting for his ideals while watching the world transform into something he cannot comprehend. Perhaps that is too much to ask of Hollywood, whose creative potential is hampered by the corporations that dominate it and their lackeys who are paid by them. Instead, what we have is a far weaker film than Nolan has ever made before, leaving the trilogy in a far, far weaker rest than it otherwise could have known.
An Annotated Twitter Essay by OaklandElle
“Let me break it down for people who don’t live in Oakland and don’t see the day-to-day effects of OPD on our community.
“To start with, OPD starting salary is ~$74k/year, not including OT, which is more than even city council members make. (More on them later)
“Now, UNLIKE City Council members, OPD officers are not required to live in Oakland. What that means is their salaries LEAVE our community.
“ie: because ((the vast majority of)) OPD does not live in our city, their salaries, which are paid by our taxes, do not get recycled back into the community.
“Not only that, but because OPD does not live in this community, they neither understand it, nor are they accountable to it.
“Because of the lack of understanding and accountability, OPD officers frequently act completely inappropriately.
Oakland Police Officer Hector Jimenez shot 27-year-old Jody Woodfox in the back on July 25, 2008…
Recall from several days ago that UC Berkeley Police, the City of Berkeley Police (unbeknowst to their City Council), and the City of Albany Police Departments had submitted an application for a Bearcat armored vehicle to the Department of Homeland Security.
Amazingly enough, expressing enough outrage and subjecting the planned acquisition to sufficient ridicule was enough to change some important people’s minds.
The statement below regarding plans for the joint acquisition of an armored emergency rescue vehicle was issued today (Thursday, July 5th) by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, in coordination with the mayors of Berkeley and Albany.
The University of California Police Department, in collaboration with the Berkeley and Albany city police departments, recently pursued a grant for an armored emergency rescue vehicle. Law enforcement’s interest in obtaining a vehicle that would protect officers during situations involving oncoming gunfire (or to rescue victims during such situations) — such as occurred at Oikos University in Oakland a few months ago — is understandable.
However, the planned acquisition of the vehicle recently came to the attention of campus and city officials. Campus administrators evaluated the proposal and concluded that such a military-style vehicle is not the best choice for a university setting. UC Berkeley officials are in the process of canceling the order for the vehicle. Officials in Berkeley and Albany agree with the University’s decision.
Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley
Tom Bates, Mayor of Berkeley
Farid Javandel, Mayor of Albany
OAKLAND, California - The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is closing 5 schools reportedly due to budget cuts. Parents, teachers, and community members are in an uproar as access to public education dwindles–particularly in poor communities of color. In protest to the school shut downs, a handful of community members set up a tent encampment outside the Lakeview Elementary campus on Friday, the last day of school.