The OccuChi-er

Oakland PD Emails Reveal Oakland’s Determination To Keep Library Vacant

September 6, 2012
Biblioteca Popular Victor Martinez

Biblioteca Popular Victor Martinez

The Occupied Oakland Tribune just posted documents obtained as a result of a FOIA request about the People’s Library (properly known as the Biblioteca Popular Victor Martinez).  This is only a partial response to the request, but already reveals quite a bit of interesting information.

If you missed the story, activists and community members in Oakland took over an abandoned library building, formerly a drug den, and cleaned it up.  They filled the shelves with donated books and began planting a community garden outside.  They held a potluck and a poetry reading.  A Twitter account and Facebook page were set up to share the action with the world.  It was the embodiment of what we aim to do – reclaim public space and put it back into use to serve our communities.  It was beautiful.


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