A Basic Explanation of Recent Events (July 13-15, 2013) in the City of Oakland
This Oakland anarchist would like to tell you why white anarchists are the natural political leaders for militant movements in the Bay Area:
Given the brutal ways they are treated by the police, black people are less likely to commit random acts of vandalism in public. However, when people in a crowd begin to smash windows, write on the walls, throw rocks, burn garbage, and successfully avoid arrest, it encourages a sense of safety amongst all who wish to express their anger and rage. This sense of safety is founded on the trust amongst the crowd and the solidarity amongst them, but it is informed and shaped by the first acts of rebellion. What is witnessed is repeated until it is transcended. In the city of Oakland, the vast crowds of people who have flooded the streets these past years have often witnessed the white anarchist outside agitator at work, repeating the same tactics month after month.
You could hardly ask for a more perfect example white saviorism and the denial or ignorance of Black political agency.
"Next year, the total compensation for all of Oakland’s sworn officers will be roughly double that of the rest of the city’s staff for all departments paid from the general fund, including the 388 civilian staff within OPD. Oakland plans to pay its police officers $202 million in salaries and fringe and retirement benefits, compared to just $104 million for all non-sworn employees. This huge disparity comes in spite of the fact that Oakland’s police officers account for fewer than 20 percent of the city’s employees. To put that another way, a mere 17 percent of Oakland’s employees receive two-thirds of the city’s entire general fund payroll because they wear a police officer’s uniform. Counting all city employees paid out of all funds within the city’s entire billion-plus-dollar budget, OPD officers still receive almost half of every payroll dollar spent."
Oakland - next weekend! Don’t sleep on this!
Reported FBI Raid at punk haus, "The Music Box" in Oakland
Oakland, California: Rally For Alan Blueford: Demand Prosecution for OPD Officer Miguel Masso!
March 5, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Alameda Courthouse & District Attorney’s Offices
12th Street & Oak Street
If you’re in the Bay Area you’ve got to be there tomorrow!
Anyone have more information about this? Confirmation that the raiding agency was the FBI? Any immediate support needs?
2013 Oakland, California shootings, reluctantly mapped by me daily
The real gun crisis — which is created and maintained by capitalism and white supremacy — continues to rage on without any attention from media or politicians. Props to Susie Cagle for drawing a little more attention to it.
Oakland is for Burning? Beyond a Critique of Gentrification
By equating whiteness and gentrification, one assumes a certain homogeneity amongst white people. While certainly privileged as a group in this society, it would be ridiculous to say that a white man moving to Oakland from Blackhawk and a white transwoman from Antioch posses the same privileges in this society. More pertinent to the questions of development and gentrification, it cannot be said that every white person has the same class values and interests. Many of the recent migrants to Oakland (both the déclassé from San Francisco and the youth fleeing the suburbs), can be said to carry a particular set of middle class values that is more of a contribution to the development (in the pejorative sense) of the neighborhood than their race. These values–a concern for property values, an antipathy to street life, homeownership, civic-mindedness, complicity with the policing apparatus, interest in urban beautification, etc.–provide the social conditions for the development of a neighborhood. These values are held across race lines.
Bay of Rage explains why gentrification is ok as long as you’re anti-authoritarian.
Oakland police chief seeks to fire two officers, discipline 42 others for misconduct during Occupy protests
How bad are things in the Oakland Police Department? The total count of 44 officers being disciplined represents almost 10% of the total active force.
And this move is best understood as a desperate attempt to avoid the entire department being placed under federal receivership, something that could happen soon after 10 years of OPD’s ongoing failure to reform itself and meet conditions placed on it by the courts after a series of misconduct and brutality cases.
So in other words: pretty bad.
Boots Riley on the Black Bloc
A good, thoughtful and frankly very mild critique of black bloc, which naturally has provoked howls of outrage because how dare you question Diversity of Tactics you horrible Stalinist you!
Great moments in first world left history
June 2012: Activists in Oakland try (and fail) to shut down a conference on how to stop child sex trafficking. In their own words:
On Wednesday, June 13th, 2012, queers and hookers and other bad bitches fucked up the H.E.A.T. Watch conference. H.E.A.T. Watch is an ongoing campaign facilitated by the Alameda County District Attorney, The City of Oakland, the OPD, and a few select piece-of-shit non-profits.
We set out with the intentions of shutting the fucker down and started the event with the distribution of some dope literature, some inflammatory speeches, the harassment of mainstream media and of course, the all-out taunting of the police. It got taken a step further when the crowd attempted to enter the lobby of the Marriott Convention Center. This all resulted in a rumble with the pigs, the vandalized facade of the convention center entrance with eggs and paint, and a march to and from Oscar Grant Plaza. We would say that this was a nice way to spend an afternoon and, for a brief moment, fulfilled our goal of shutting the fucker down.
Lots more here.