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.
It’s quieter than you might expect. I’m in the middle of a crowd of NATO protesters, and nothing is happening.
Not “nothing,” exactly. We are marching, though it may be more accurate to describe it as trudging. (To trudge: the slow, weary, depressing yet determined walk of a person who has nothing left in life except the impulse to simply soldier on.)