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Occupy Oakland occupies the city council

https://twitter.com/OakFoSho/status/162377151893614593

Well done TAC (assuming non-violence). So much more interesting than FTP. And the Koassacks work for the Czar.

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Wednesday night the OO GA was cancelled because of credible threats of violence by one of the OO members against OO facilitators. Though many Occupies have difficulties with disruptive members, I think the credible prospect of violence against the facilitators reflects OO's tolerance (and at times encouragement) of violence and violent rhetoric. I've watched the individual responsible previously talk on livestream about the possibility of shooting police in retaliation for suppression of OO, and no-one discouraged these remarks. It could be argued that I'm being unfair in this assessment, since it's only one individual (and his relatively few supporters). But personally, I think this incident does reflect something about the culture of OO.
Shortly before the scheduled GA time, OO tweeted that the GA was back on, and asked OO member to gather for it.
https://twitter.com/alyssa011968/status/162360819433222144
People did gather (including the individual responsible for making the threats).
https://twitter.com/socialistlib510/status/162360119269662720
However, the attempt to resuscitate the GA was unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, the Oakland City Council was holding a meeting to discuss potential massive layoffs (e.g. laying off over 100 Oakland employees) because of a recent CA Supreme Court decision that stripped CA cities of redevelopment funds (the money would go to the state).
https://twitter.com/OakCityCouncil/status/162348389223247872
https://twitter.com/eloft/status/162361738665275394
https://twitter.com/eloft/status/162366740540563456
An SEIU representative came out and asked the gathered OO members to attend the city council meeting in support of SEIU. (TAC wasn't present or at all involved in this).
https://twitter.com/alyssa011968/status/162362073639165952
https://twitter.com/alyssa011968/status/162364337602822145
https://twitter.com/eloft/status/162371222347321344
https://twitter.com/eloft/status/162371405671972865
https://twitter.com/alyssa011968/status/162371615731097600
Some video
https://twitter.com/eloft/status/162372054895706114
https://twitter.com/alyssa011968/status/162379243043569664
https://twitter.com/eloft/status/162372936169308161
https://twitter.com/eloft/status/162373076221300737
https://twitter.com/alyssa011968/status/162373311702118400
https://twitter.com/alyssa011968/status/162373862032556032
https://twitter.com/eloft/status/162375161536978944
https://twitter.com/GonzOakland/status/162375429519450112
Of course, OPD was immediately brought in.
https://twitter.com/dowdyspen/status/162375496737370114
https://twitter.com/GonzOakland/status/162375638471278592
https://twitter.com/davidcolburn/status/162375342735106048
https://twitter.com/eloft/status/162375944764534784
https://twitter.com/GonzOakland/status/162376646173798401
https://twitter.com/alyssa011968/status/162379351319527424
https://twitter.com/eloft/status/162380644889006081
https://twitter.com/alyssa011968/status/162380796148195328
https://twitter.com/OccupiedOakTrib/status/162381205650669568
https://twitter.com/eloft/status/162383374344925184
https://twitter.com/geekeasy/status/162382574939934720
Several of the less militant OO members favor civic engagement, and have previously addressed City Council meetings.
https://twitter.com/OaklandElle/status/162380877639327744
https://twitter.com/OaklandElle/status/162378286427672578
https://twitter.com/OaklandElle/status/162383658630643712
https://twitter.com/alyssa011968/status/162384530228002818
https://twitter.com/OaklandElle/status/162385643966697472
https://twitter.com/alyssa011968/status/162390353922633728
https://twitter.com/alyssa011968/status/162401335357083648
https://twitter.com/worthoftheworld/status/162471458579288065
(Folks in that last tweet are mostly the "civic engagement faction" of OO.)

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On January 28, OO plans to take over a large building - the resolution passed by the OO GA specified a large auditorium, office spaces, etc.
This has spawned considerable controversy. When the proposal was passed, it seemed like a good idea to have indoor space. The logistics of trying to take over a large Oakland building, in the face of certain opposition from the city and OPD, was little discussed. The members of the committee planning the takeover are anonymous and the details of the plans (as well as the target building) are secret. The plan is to march to the building and take it over, followed by a two day festival at the building, including a film festival, yoga sessions, a barbeque, poetry, panel discussions, etc. Some have argued that these plans, in the face of certain city opposition to the building takeover, are essentially delusional. It has also been speculated that the most likely target (at least originally) was the Kaiser Auditorium, which wouldn't help the OO PRWar (relatively few Oakland buildings match the specifications in the proposal passed by the GA).
Wednesday, OO held a press conference to publicize the upcoming building takeover.

A letter was sent to the Mayor, OPD, and City Council, stating that OO would retaliate if the city interfered with the building takeover.
Since the beginning of the Occupy Movement when you have exacted violent repression on us we have proven that we are more powerful and diffuse than you. If you try to evict us again we will make your lives more miserable than you make ours.
This may be in one or more of the following forms:
-Blockading the airport indefinitely
-Occupying City Hall indefinitely
-Shutting down the Oakland ports
-Calling on anonymous for solidarity
It will be in our mutual interest if you respect our occupation by recognizing our residency and eminent domain.
The committee doing the planning has also placed restriction on livestreaming or filming from inside the building after the takeover.
Also, OO has announced that later that day, they'll hold another Fuck the Police march, and that they plan to reoccupy OGP with tents.
https://twitter.com/Occupythemob/status/162750716920860672
https://twitter.com/LadyGoftheTAC/status/162755542849302528
https://twitter.com/Occupythemob/status/162633345581334528

Some of the resulting conversation:
https://twitter.com/davidcolburn/status/162408545378238465
https://twitter.com/Cemeterytourist/status/162622253257854976
https://twitter.com/susie_c/status/162236377042395136
https://twitter.com/susie_c/status/162237846529384449
https://twitter.com/susie_c/status/162244139084292096
https://twitter.com/susie_c/status/162245757238390784
https://twitter.com/djsarahspin/status/162238224822042624
https://twitter.com/itsWanda/status/162239135137017858
https://twitter.com/itsWanda/status/162241637861437440
https://twitter.com/bayreporta/status/162238234900963328
https://twitter.com/GonzOakland/status/162239659248844800
https://twitter.com/bayreporta/status/162240324880695296
https://twitter.com/mcompost/status/162277781647003650
https://twitter.com/socialistlib510/status/162286822146314240
https://twitter.com/GonzOakland/status/162289272668422144
https://twitter.com/OaktownPirate/status/162290429595881473
https://twitter.com/OaktownPirate/status/162295104986546176
https://twitter.com/OaktownPirate/status/162319465722298368
https://twitter.com/KitOConnell/status/162331674452041728
https://twitter.com/jaspergregory/status/162333947286654977
https://twitter.com/OaktownPirate/status/162332991425753088
https://twitter.com/GonzOakland/status/162291440339255297
https://twitter.com/davidcolburn/status/162343561659023360
https://twitter.com/laurenriot/status/162301592295583744
https://twitter.com/petefeltman/status/162639895700049921
https://twitter.com/petefeltman/status/162640058611023873
https://twitter.com/petefeltman/status/162642137656213504
https://twitter.com/OaktownPirate/status/162647730659917824
https://twitter.com/petefeltman/status/162648238745325568
https://twitter.com/OaktownPirate/status/162648651850723328
https://twitter.com/appleoccupy/status/162646146886541312
https://twitter.com/appleoccupy/status/162651631798849537
https://twitter.com/petefeltman/status/162652635793588224
https://twitter.com/OaktownPirate/status/162650756669898753
https://twitter.com/GonzOakland/status/162293852374446082
https://twitter.com/GonzOakland/status/162293481711222784
https://twitter.com/GonzOakland/status/162292970287153152
https://twitter.com/GonzOakland/status/162292464089178112
Boots Riley put his thoughts up on FaceBook:
It seems like a huge step to threaten to shut down the airport, or permanently occupy the port.Why even speak to the press if we don't even take into account how the public- who we're asking to join us- will perceive us? It doesn't even really work as a threat to the police or the city at this point because they know, just like we do, that we could never pull that off. Statements like these don't seem to be aiming to move the people of closer to joining the movement. I think that a few folks in OO don't have the goal of building a mass movement. People, sometimes purposely, aren't playing to win. It's an ideology that feels that spectacle- even the spectacle of people being crushed by the cops- gets more people ready to destroy the system than actual victories do. But this isn't true. In the end, it becomes a game of identity politics- "We're the revolutionaries- you're not". Ok. But you have just defined yourself as the "other". That won't work. You can't build a base of folks who trust and support you that way. Separately- even if it WAS do-able, an announcement of that magnitude about OO campaigns- by an official OO working group at a press conference- would need to get GA approval. And I doubt that it would.

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to violence, you're inviting provocateurs:
https://twitter.com/PFailBlog/status/162977268925345792
https://twitter.com/PFailBlog/status/162978112286625793

Also, a bit of discussion today regarding historical analogies
https://twitter.com/jaspergregory/status/163014265379364864
https://twitter.com/jaspergregory/status/163015622077317120
https://twitter.com/nishneb/status/163019776946487296
https://twitter.com/garonsen/status/163018188060246017