"We will not Be Divided. Or Conquered. We will Continue to Take the Streets that Rightfully Belong to the People."

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The Mayor asked for a meeting with the protest organizers for the Sunday, May 24th rally and march. Here is the request and the reply… Arrests in Oakland protests over limit on nighttime marches #BreakTheCurfew http://t.co/GjRFf4sNKQ pic.twitter.com/w4NdM3CKFH — Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) May 25, 2015   Hello Katie, My name is Tomiquia Moss and I am the chief of staff to Mayor Schaaf. The Mayor would like a chance to meet with you and Nichola to discuss the City’s crowd control policy. I realize that you all have planned a … Continued

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"Black People Had War Declared on Them By Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf."

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On Thursday, May 21st, 2015, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, in response to window breaking during protests the evening of May 1st, promulgated, secretly, new edits prohibiting night time street protests. These were enforced by Oakland Police that night when Black Lives Matter protesters attempted to take to the streets after a #SayHerName rally remembering Black women killed by police terror. Forced back onto the sidewalk under threat of arrest, Black Lives Matter organizer Cat Brooks spoke out, saying then and there “We Gonna Take Back These MotherFuckin’ Streets!” Inevitably, the … Continued

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We Gonna Take Back These MotherFuckin' Streets

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Cat Brooks connects the dots. Thursday evening, May 21st, a totally peaceful protest march in support Black Women’s lives and against Police terror was threatened with arrest for exercising their first amendment rights, and in clear violation of Oakland’s crowd control policy. Darwin BondGraham in the East Bay Express explains the origin and how of the bullshit, and below in a video taken by Indybay Thursday evening, Cat Brooks explains the why, and what is to be done. Your browser is not able to display this multimedia content. Black people … Continued

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If Ghosts Could Talk.

T. Thorn Coyle of Berkeley meditates outside of Oakland City Hall at the Occupy Oakland camp in Frank Ogawa on Thursday, October 27, 2011 in Oakland, Calif.

Thorn Coyle, noted East Bay activist against police terror and a member of the Interfaith Tent at Occupy Oakland has written a novel. The book is dedicated to the memory of Alan Blueford, with scenes set in the Oakland of the Occupy encampments at Oscar Grant Plaza, and later Movein Day, January 28th, 2012. Like Water: a story of love and sudden violence. a story of a ghost and a city. a story for our times. Welcome to the streets of Oakland, CA. Meet Alex and Jonah. Best friends since … Continued

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A Pile of Coal and a Shitload of Kayaks: From Oakland to Seattle, No More Foul Fossil Fuels!

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Thursday morning, May 14th, environmental activists rallied at Oscar Grant Plaza in front of Oakland Army Base developer Phil Tagami ‘s office, sending a message to him that shipping coal through and out of Oakland was not something that would happen without massive resistance. “Tagami recently announced plans to transport coal from Utah through Oakland by rail to a new bulk export facility at Oakland’s former army base. Tagami’s plan has drawn extensive criticism from local community and environmental groups…” And in Seattle on Friday and Saturday, off the coast, … Continued

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