The OccuChi-er

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

September 6, 2012
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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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In the Middle and In Between: A NATO Retrospective

July 27, 2012
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NATO barricades

Photo Courtesy of Kelly Hayes

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.)

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