Occupy Oakland: 400 Arrests, Tear Gas & Flag Burning

Mass arrests, chemical weapons, and nationwide solidarity – the Occupy Wall Street movement was the big story over the weekend – and so too was how hundreds of Americans were screwed out of their constitutional rights to free speech and assembly. More than 400 members of the Occupy movement were arrested Saturday in downtown Oakland as riot police using flash-bang grenades, chemical weapons, and less-lethal rubber-coated steel bullets cracked down on an attempt to occupy a long-abandoned city building. An unknown number of patriots were hospitalized with injuries after the assault by Oakland Police, and at least four journalists were arrested – the most since Mayor Bloomberg‘s midnight raid on Zuccotti Park last November. All-in-all it was an ugly day in Oakland Saturday.

Cops clash with Occupy Oakland while Occupy DC anticipating crackdown

Over the weekend Occupy Oakland protesters had a run in with the police. The Oakland branch of Occupy Wall Street was attempting to take a vacant building to make it the Occupy Oakland headquarters. Oakland police used rubber bullets and flash-grenades against unarmed protesters. Across the US, the Occupy DC movement has been the longest standing, but today the US Parks Police decided to start enforcing overnight camping ordinances.]

Jackson Browne and Dawes Perform ‘I Am A Patriot’ at Occupy Wall Street

On the afternoon of December 1st, 2011, Jackson Browne and Dawes played an acoustic set in solidarity with the occupiers at Liberty Square. Prior to his set, Browne announced that “We’re here to express our solidarity and stand with the occupiers.”

‘I Am A Patriot’ lyrics:

And the river opens for the righteous

I was walking with my brother
And he wondered what’s on my mind
I said what I believe in my soul
Ain’t what I see with my eyes
And we can’t turn our backs this time

I am a patriot
And I love my county
Because my country is all I know
I want to be with my family
The people who understand me
I’ve got nowhere else to go

And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous

And I was talking with my sister
She looked so fine
I said, “Baby, what’s on your mind?”
She said, “I want to run like the lion
Released from the cages
Released from the rages
Burning in my heart tonight.”

And I ain’t no communist
And I ain’t no capitalist
And I ain’t no socialist
And I ain’t no imperialist
And I ain’t no democrat
And I ain’t no republican
I only know one party
And it is freedom

I am, I am, I am
I am a patriot
And I love my country
Because my county is all I know

And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous

And the river opens for the righteous . . .

— By Steven Van Zandt

Many Arrested at ‘Occupy’ Encampments as Cities try to dismantle #OWS

Police drove hundreds of Anti-Wall Street demonstrators from weeks-old encampments in Portland and arrested more than 50 of them, as authorities in Oakland, Calif., warned Occupy campers that a similar crackdown was coming. (Nov. 14)

Confirmed:Oakland Police Officers infiltrate Occupy Oakland (Updated)

With the success of the Occupy Wall Street, it was only a matter of time until various groups would try to infiltrate the movement.  At the Occupy Oakland protest, not only do we have concrete proof of this infiltration…  The actual Police officer has come forward to respond to these allegations.

Are the Oakland Police members or infiltrators of OWS Oakland

This is Oakland Police Officer Fred Shavies responding to a recent Copwatch video produced about police infiltration at Occupy Oakland. The Copwatch video was produced by Jacob Crawford with assistance from Ali Winston and Josh Wolf. Justin Warren interviewed Officer Fred Shavies separate and independently

“Power to The People!” – Actor Danny Glover speaks @ Occupy Oakland (Full Transcript and Video)

Actor/Activist/Occupier Danny Glover

Actor/Activist/Occupier Danny Glover has been a beloved figure in America for many years.  But after a few years out of the limelight, Mr. Glover re-emerges with a powerful moving speech at Occupy Oakland.  Here is the Full Transcript and Video of that speech…  it is a must see, for all who OCCUPY!

Actor/Activist/Occupier Danny Glover  @ Occupy Oakland

(Actor and civil rights activist) Ozzie Davis used to say when asked why he was where he was at that moment in time, he said he was there because it is the right moment to be there and the right time to be there. We’re here because it is the right time to be here.

We’re tired and sick, and tired of being sick and tired. That’s why we’re here.

Not only are we talking about taking back our government — taking back a democracy and making it a democracy — but we’re here because we’re talking about taking back our humanity. Taking back our humanity, right now here. That’s why we’re here.

We have a crisis here. But in a crisis there are challenges and opportunities. We’re here because we are taking up the challenge and the opportunity. We support something that is happening not only here in Oakland — it’s happening in more than 500 cities around the world.

Actor/Activist/Occupier Danny Glover speaks @ Occupy Oakland Full Video of Speech

It’s happening with young people. It’s happening in Chile. It’s happening in the Middle East. It’s happening on Wall Street. And it’s about the same thing. We have to take back the world. We have to take back this precious planet: it’s ours.

And what does it look like? We don’t know what it looks like. We know there are going to be challenges and there will be challenges. But at the same time as we know there are challenges, we know that it’s not a weekend parley.

It means we have to be on the job 24/7: working and organising. Many men and women are here who come from various organisations, who come from labour: we know what has happened to labour.

Eighty-eight percent of the workforce is not represented. Eighty-eight percent in a modern society: That’s unconscionable. Eighty-eight percent who don’t have a way in which they can collectively bargain. That’s what we’re talking about.

We’re talking about 45% of the men and women — people who have been unemployed or underemployed for more than four years. That’s what we’re talking about.

We have to find something. So it has to be more than simply jobs, although we know that labour does its best work when it fights for jobs and better wages and better conditions in the workplace. We know that it does that.

But it has to be a reimagining and a rethinking of what we mean by democracy. It has to be a reimagining and a rethinking of what we mean by work. It has to be a reimagining and a rethinking about what we mean by education.

And importantly, what it means to be a human being. What does it mean to be a human being? What does it mean to be a human in the 21st century? That’s what we’re talking about.

That is what we mean by [saying] it’s not simply a revolution. It has to be a revolution, an evolution and a transformation. We have to be the change that we want to see.

Are we willing to stand up for that? Are we willing to stand up for that? [Crowd applause.] Are we willing to stand up for that, young and old?

It’s not only taking back our democracy. We have to remake it. We have to transform it. We have to build something better than that. That’s what we have to do.

It’s let us down. It’s failed us. It’s failed us in our homes. It’s failed us in our communities. It’s failed us state by state. But it’s also failed this fragile planet we live on. This fragile mother Earth, which nourished us. It’s failed that too.

We are right on the precipice of ecological collapse. And yet it goes on, [they] talk about growth and development and growth and growth and making more money.

Transforming a common place into private property and private wealth. It keeps doing that, and we have to change that.

And we have to be here tomorrow, the next day, the day after tomorrow and the tomorrows after tomorrow. And not only to change it, but to ensure that its transformation is institutionalised.

Yes, there’s a transformation into countries controlled by corporations, [which has] been institutionalised. We have to take it back and transform it into one that is for the people, by the people, that works on behalf of the people and that works on behalf of the planet.

We’re here to do that. We’re not going to do anything short of that. It’s going to take all of us. All of us across the spectrum: young, old, black, white, gay, straight, all of us.

Let America be America again. The dream used to be: let it be the place where every man is free. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let’s try to transform it into the new dream.

Let’s transform it into what our dear, beloved brother Dr [Martin Luther] King called “the beloved community”.

Let’s transform it so people matter more than things. People have to matter. This whole process of 65,000 years of human evolution: people have to matter.

We can develop all the technology, but we’ve still lost the bond that people are what matters …

The native American belief says not only [to] care about what the planet looks like right now, but what the planet looks like seven generations from now. We have to care about that.

We’re going to even have to think about “what do I want” as opposed to “what do I need”. We have to recalibrate in our minds what are needs and what are wants.

These are the things that we have to do. But that is the embodiment of our own transformation. That’s the embodiment of our own evolution. This is what this is about.

All this is right now. What it’s going to look like, I don’t know. I don’t have a crystal ball and none of us out here have a crystal ball. But we work at something and we know, given our strength and based on our faith in humanity, that something else is going to happen.

Power to people!

Occupy Oakland: Second Iraq war veteran injured and in Intensive Care courtesy The Oakland Police

Oakland Police Declare Open Season on Military Veteran Occupiers

It’s almost as if the Oakland Police have declared OPEN SEASON on military veterans who are involved in the Occupy Oakland protests.  The following is a report by Guardian UK and Democracy NOW!

A second Iraq war veteran has suffered serious injuries after clashes between police and Occupy movement protesters in Oakland.

Kayvan Sabehgi, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in intensive care with a lacerated spleen. He says he was beaten by police close to theOccupy Oakland camp, but despite suffering agonising pain, did not reach hospital until 18 hours later.

Sabehgi, 32, is the second Iraq war veteran to be hospitalised following involvement in Oakland protests. Another protester, Scott Olsen, suffered a fractured skull on 25 October.

On Wednesday night, police used teargas and non-lethal projectiles to drive back protesters following an attempt by the Occupy supporters to shut down the city of Oakland.

Sabehgi told the Guardian from hospital he was walking alone along 14th Street in central Oakland – away from the main area of clashes – when he was injured.

“There was a group of police in front of me,” he told the Guardian from his hospital bed. “They told me to move, but I was like: ‘Move to where?’ There was nowhere to move.

“Then they lined up in front of me. I was talking to one of them, saying ‘Why are you doing this?’ when one moved forward and hit me in my arm and legs and back with his baton. Then three or four cops tackled me and arrested me.”

Sabeghi, who left the army in 2007 and now part-owns a small bar-restaurant in El Cerrito, about 10 miles north of Oakland, said he was handcuffed and placed in a police van for three hours before being taken to jail. By the time he got there he was in “unbelievable pain”.

He said: “My stomach was really hurting, and it got worse to the point where I couldn’t stand up.

“I was on my hands and knees and crawled over the cell door to call for help.”

A nurse was called and recommended Sabehgi take a suppository, but he said he “didn’t want to take it”.

He was allowed to “crawl” to another cell to use the toilet, but said it was clogged.

“I was vomiting and had diarrhoea,” Sabehgi said. “I just lay there in pain for hours.”

Sabehgi’s bail was posted in the mid-afternoon, but he said he was unable to leave his cell because of the pain. The cell door was closed, and he remained on the floor until 6pm, when an ambulance was called.

He was taken to Highland hospital – the same hospital where Olsen was originally taken after being hit in the head by a projectile apparently fired by police.

Sabehgi was due to undergo surgery on Friday afternoon to repair his spleen, which would involve using a clot or patch to prevent internal bleeding.

Thousands of protesters had attended the action in Oakland on Wednesday, taking over the downtown area of the city and blockading Oakland’s port.

As demonstrations continued near the camp base at Frank H Ogawa plaza during the evening, a group of protesters occupied a disused building on 16th Street at around 10.30pm, with some climbing up onto the roof.

There had been little police presence during the day, but more than 200 officers arrived after 11pm. Some protesters had set fire to a hastily assembled barrier at the corner of 16th Street and Telegraph, in a bid to prevent access to the occupied building, but police drove demonstrators away from 16th Street using tear gas, flashbang grenades, and non-lethal rounds.

Sabehgi said he had not been in the occupied building, and was walking away from the main area of trouble when he was injured.

He said he had his arms folded and was “totally peaceful” before being arrested.

A spokeswoman for Highland hospital confirmed Sabehgi had been admitted. Oakland police were not immediately available for comment

Article by  Guardian UK

Video courtesy Democracy Now!

Occupy Oakland leads the way…. by forcing a Port Shutdown, Police respond with teargas.

Occupy Oakland has been galvanized by recent events, and is beginning to take the lead in the Occupy Protests nationwide, if  not officially, then merely by it’s leadership and courage.

(Guardian UK) Police used teargas and non-lethal weapons to control Occupy Oaklandprotesters overnight after a general strike had effectively shut down the city’s port and downtown areas.

There were three separate instances of police using teargas, all near to the Occupy camp, as tensions erupted when protesters occupied a disused building.

Earlier a thousands-strong march had closed down Oakland’s port after a day of striking had seen streets closed in downtown and some banks damaged.

Police first used teargas on Broadway at 12.30am, following a day which had actually seen a light police presence.

Officers arrived on the street – the scene of the police clearout of Occupy Oakland on Tuesday 25 October which left Scott Olsen seriously injured – after protesters occupied a disused building on 16th Street.

Scores of protesters entered the building as loud music was played downstairs, some climbing onto the roof while others assessed the internet capabilities. By midnight a street party was in full swing outside the fresh property – but the hi-jinks were to be short-lived.

Sporadic reports of a growing police presence had been sweeping through the crowd, and finally about 200 police gathered at 19th Street and Broadway in full riot gear, walking slowly down to protesters.

Some demonstrators, keen to keep hold of their new occupation, had created a barracade of wooden pallets and rubbish bins at the corner of 16th Street and Broadway, and as police approached these were set alight.

Fires burn in on broadway in downtown OaklandFires burn in on broadway in downtown Oakland Photograph: James Fassinger/Stillscenes

Police stopped around 100m away before advancing again, with some protesters walking forward to meet them. Officers then deployed teargas and about three explosive devices, which were described by some present as flashbang grenades.

As protesters ran for cover, police moved forward again, but were once more prevented from moving down to the barracade, which was now completely ablaze.

Again, police deployed teargas, but this time it seemed in greater concentration or quantity. As officers threw flashbang grenades to force protesters back – around 10 were used – this reporter witnessed two demonstrators hurl items in retaliation.

Lauren Freitas was among those caught up in the chaos, and said she had been struck on both legs by projectiles.

“I was tending to this guy’s eyes [after the first teargas was deployed] and then they fired more teargas, so I pulled him to the side to move away and then they hit me in my legs.”

Freitas said of the pain: “It fucking hurts. It stings.”

The first two operations seemed to subdue the crowd, and by around 1.30am police controlled the north side of Broadway and had extinguished the blaze on 16th Street. Further bangs could be heard, however, to the east, from the direction of Frank H Ogawa plaza.

Teargas was again deployed there, and flashbang grenades and another type of non-lethal projectile appeared to have been used.

One man, who onlookers said was homeless and a regular in the area, appeared to have been hit on the knee by a projectile, and was carried away screaming. He received treatment from medics from Occupy Oakland.

The clashes marred what had been a largely peaceful day’s protesting in Oakland. Demonstrators had called for a general strike, and thousand gathered in the streets of downtown in warm sunshine, listening to speakers and dancing, while every so often darting off on a sporadic march.

Oakland protesters march on the port.Oakland protesters march on the port. Photograph: James Fassinger

Although most of the marches were peaceful, at least three banks – Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America – were damaged during the day, with windows smashed and cash machines put out of service.

Much talk in the camp was of a rogue group having committed the acts, without the backing of most protesters.

Bubb Rubb, from Oakland, was unimpressed with “these people in black clothes, with black flags”.

“They bamboozled us. They wanted violence,” he told the Guardian.

Many of the sites that were vandalised bore posters next to where the incident had occurred, saying it was “not the actions of the 99%”.

Organisers’ main focus of the day was the march to the port, designed to shut it down by preventing workers from accessing it to begin their night shifts.

Thousands of people gathered at Frank H Ogawa plaza for the 5pm start of the march, which headed south and left contingents of protesters at four different sites to guard the port. By 8pm the port had been declared closed, with some demonstrators celebrating victory and others pledging to stay until Thursday.

“I think today went amazingly well,” said Laura Long, speaking before police arrived on Broadway.

“We estimate up to 30,000 people passed through Occupy Oakland at some point today, and we were successful in shutting down the port.”

Reports suggested police arrested about 60 people during the day, while at least one person was taken to hospital after being hit by a car during a march.

Reports suggested a silver Mercedes struck a man who was part of a slow-moving march.

Oakland police have faced huge criticism for taking charge of Tuesday 25 October’s operation to clear Occupy Oakland after Scott Olsen suffered a fractured skull during the operation.

Before the march, however, the Oakland police officers‘ association criticised Mayor Quan for allowing city employees other than police to take Wednesday off, while simultaneously calling in all 645 Oakland officers to police the strike.

Quan tweeted at about midnight urging protesters to call her office, citing reports a barricade was set up on 16th Street. She tweeted shortly later saying that police had not yet taken action, but had not posted again at the time of writing.

While Oakland police have received much of the criticism for previous events in the city, on Wednesday night it was Alameda county sheriffs who appeared to be manning the confrontational end of the operation – their officers lining Broadway and apparently discharging the teargas and other weapons.


A protester in Oakland, Scott Olsen, was hit in the head by a police projectile in the confrontation two days ago. Olsen, an Iraq-war veteran, is in critical condition in the hospital and may die of his injuries.

The following video was sent to us by the the aunt of the man who shot the footage, Raleigh Latham. Latham filmed Tuesday’s action throughout the course of the day and stood on the front lines with protesters when they confronted police.

Scott Olsen Moments Before He Was Injured By The Oakland Police

Scott Olsen is seen here on the right, moments before he suffered his head injury and those who rushed to his aid were assaulted by police.

Scott Olsen remains in critical condition. Officials at Highland Hospital in Oakland are refusing comment on Olsen’s condition at this time and the media is being instructed to call back at 8:30 PDT. We will update his condition then.

Marines around the world are outraged by the injuries inflicted by police on Scott Olsen at Tuesday’s Occupy Oakland protests. Olsen is in a medically-induced coma after getting hit in the head by a police projectile.

by Robert Johnson and Linette Lopez – Business Insider

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The following picture is taken from the Reddit thread “How I feel, as a United States Marine, about what occurred in Oakland .”

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