I’ve been around the #OLSX one a fair bit recently, trying to find a place to live in London atm and got a lot of free time. Despite being very skeptical at the beginning, and I still am about so much of it really, I’ve begun to feel more and more comfortable there, taking stuff in, chatting to people in ones and twos and occasionally trying to make some kind of larger intervention (but never really succeeding :)). What’s led to my getting more encouraged is by encountering others completely on the margins who also want to stay there, and who have similar reaction as me towards the main spectacle, i.e. that its just watered down climate camp-y liberalism writ slightly larger than before and in a fashionable new mode of articulation. The fringe is a nice place to be though, and remains so at least partly because “they” haven’t yet succeeded in banning alcohol or drugs from the area (despite it being passed at the general assembly).
I really didn’t mean to write any kind of report or anything when I sat down to write this, so I’m not going to say any more now. Just to point people’s attention to #occupyoakland, where the police evicted the occupation there with extreme brutality – people were crushed, fired at with rubber bullets, beaten with sticks, assaulted with flash bang grenades and with tear gas.
Here’s a video
Among those they attacked with flash grenades was a two-time Iraq war vet called Scott Olsen, who’s brain they damaged. This caused a massive outcry, and they managed to reoccupy the square later that day, and after running battles between hundreds of “protesters” and police in downtown Oakland, numbers managed to secure the plaza again, according to the latest I heard from anyone that part of the world.
Apparently (and it can be seen from their site) Oakland’s Occupy movement is much more left-wing than anywhere else in the States or certainly the UK. I’m not sure exatly why that is, but it has something to do with the long-running fights over privatisation of education in Californian Universities I think. Meaning that there is an overlap of the demographic there, as there isnt so much outside of Spain and Greece, between those who have some experience (already politicised) of fighting the state and those who camp in Plazas.
Anyway, this is from their site: ❤ ❤ ❤
GENERAL STRIKE & MASS DAY OF ACTION – NOVEMBER 2
October 27, 2011
Liberate Oakland, Shut Down the 1%
GENERAL STRIKE & MASS DAY OF ACTION
Wednesday November 2, 2011
Below is the proposal passed by the Occupy Oakland General Assembly on Wednesday October 26, 2011 in reclaimed Oscar Grant Plaza. 1607 people voted. 1484 voted in favor of the resolution, 77 abstained and 46 voted against it, passing the proposal at 96.9%. The General Assembly operates on a modified consensus process that passes proposals with 90% in favor and with abstaining votes removed from the final count.
We as fellow occupiers of Oscar Grant Plaza propose that on Wednesday November 2, 2011, we liberate Oakland and shut down the 1%.
We propose a city wide general strike and we propose we invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city.
All banks and corporations should close down for the day or we will march on them.
While we are calling for a general strike, we are also calling for much more. People who organize out of their neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, affinity groups, workplaces and families are encouraged to self organize in a way that allows them to participate in shutting down the city in whatever manner they are comfortable with and capable of.
The whole world is watching Oakland. Let’s show them what is possible.
The Strike Coordinating Council will begin meeting everyday at 5pm in Oscar Grant Plaza before the daily General Assembly at 7pm. All strike participants are invited. Stay tuned for much more information and see you next Wednesday.
Good luck Oakland
20 yards make one coat 28 October 2011