Business groups dominated by representatives from large corporations lobbied for the crackdown on Occupy Oakland.
Lake Merritt/Uptown District Association calls on Mayor to forcefully end Occupy Oakland
Occupy Oakland to Build Garden in Oscar Grant Plaza
Call of action for Saturday November 19:
We are asking the community to participate in the birth and beginning construction of a garden project in Oscar Grant Plaza. For the community, by the community. Respecting the land and feeding the people. Meeting at 11am before the 2pm rally and march. Any help, supplies, donations, ideas, permaculture/landscaping/eco-living educators and specialist are welcome. This is an ongoing community project so it will continue to expand and elaborate in the days and weeks to follow. Show up or sign up. Come and support the vitality and growth of this momentous movement. contact:
Agreed on by Occupy Oakland General Assembly 11.16.11
As I post this, the #OO GA is making a resolution to Support Local Businesses, by pointedly shopping in the downtown area on black friday. So that whole "OO is ruining local biz" argument is being directly addressed. Some people are saying that we shouldn't buy anything, and that's cool, too. I heart Oakland.
Justice Dept: Homeland Security Advised Raids On Occupy Wall Street Camps
The last item is important to me, because I posted it on my (evil) FB page, and then another person took that posting, reposted it on her page with the following comment:
Last paragraph is telling. "According to a Presidential directive issued by George W. Bush in 2003, the DHS's responsibility is to "develop all-hazards plans and capabilities, including those of greatest importance to the security of the United States homeland, such as the prevention of terrorist attacks and preparedness for the potential use of weapons of mass destruction, and ensure that state, local, and federal plans are compatible." Is assisting to coordinate the eviction of mostly-peaceful protests what the DHS was designed to do? "
Um - YES - if it is creating unsecure environment for US citizens. We didn't think terrorists would EVER hijack planes and fly them into the WTC.
We all agree that terrorists want to take out a high number of people and that crowds are an awesome place to strike...
So are we still so ignorant to think that terrorists would NEVER take advantage of a long-term, disorganized protest and setup bombs in one of those tents close to a federal building and watch it go 'BOOOOM!!!'?
Let's not be ignorant or stick our heads in the sand...
(I pointed out that Occupy camps are not disorganized, and then she shifted her argument, and I said I wasn't willing to continue the conversation...)
What I find interesting and a little scary is how willing some people are to allow cops to beat up people who say things that they don't like. And who will find reason after reason to support a police state (against people they don't like, not realizing that they might, at some point, be in a group of people at the receiving end of the night stick). I might unfriend this person because dumb debates make me needlessly anxious, but, I dunno. What do you think?